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Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway August 4th 2022

THU, 04 AUG 2022 – “Day 5: Mystical Aran Islands and Bohemian Galway - Fed and watered, it’s off to nearby Rossaveal Pier to catch the ferry to Inis Mor (literally ‘big island’), the largest of the Aran Islands. Here you can explore the 6 km by 2 km island by bike or by special request, a jaunting cart with your very own driver and pony. It’s off to Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric hill fort which dominates the edge of a vertical cliff, 300 ft above the choppy waters of the Atlantic. Refresh "le cupán tae"(a cup of tea) and island porter cake and shop for an original Aran Sweater, perfect for shearwater and other seabird watching. Then we’re off to Galway, the City of the Tribes and the home of the Claddagh Ring to chase ... read more
Aran Islands, Ireland
Aran Islands, Ireland
Aran Islands, Ireland

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Clifden August 3rd 2022

WED, 03 AUG 2022 – “Day 4: An Irish Fjord, Connemara National Park and picturesque Westport - We will ‘arise and go now’ through Yeats’ country before heading for Westport, nestled between the Carrowbeg river and in the shadow of Croagh Patrick. Connemara National Park is calling and The Lost Valley, a deserted famine village where the road literally runs out. As we plough through rugged Connemara, we’ll make for Kylemore Abbey, a working Benedictine abbey built on the grounds of an 18th century castle. It has had more than a few past lives and boasts an imposing position at the foot of Druchruach Mountain, overlooking Kylemore Lake. It’s onto Cilfden, ‘the Capital of Connemara’ for the night and it’s time to relax, as you’re officially on West of Ireland time. Why not shuck some Dooncastle ... read more
On the Road in Connemara National Park – Letterfrack, Ireland
On the Road in Connemara National Park – Letterfrack, Ireland
On the Road in Connemara National Park – Letterfrack, Ireland

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Clifden August 1st 2022

Ireland the North 2. Day3 What can I say? Phew! The departure from Galway was in a little sun but quickly went into overcast skies and then drizzle. Rain jackets on and then capes (only the professional riders may I add). However, the professionalism went out of the window after lunch. The lunch was had at the ??? Cafe in pouring rain which only diminished slightly as we set off again. The beans on toast brigade were a bit disappointed as the beans could have been counted on two hands. We set off with me in front of 7 other riders taking the correct road only to miss the next junction due to my cape covering my Garmin. We went in for 15km before I realised that we were not going to join up with my ... read more
Snoozles Hostel
Blacksmith’s shop

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 31st 2022

Ireland the North 2 Day 2 Dublin and Galway Good breakfast at the Gresham before setting out into the Irish drizzle and wander around the Temple area of town. Trinity College, Dublin Castle and a stroke of Molly Malone’s sticking out bits before a coffee and sticky bun for lunch. Next job go to garage and get the bikes onto the van for transport to Galway. Guess what, as soon as we ended our saunter around town the sun came out and my sun cream was in my panniers. What am I to do? My ears will be big blister in no time. Disaster. A phone call at 1pm, after waiting an hour, from our van man to say our van has been delayed and will not be able to collect until 4pm. What a shambles. ... read more
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Trinity College.

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Aran Islands July 24th 2022

Winding down to exiting temps in the 60's including a fair amount of rain for those in the 90's. Not sure which we prefer at this point. This post will contain pictures from Dingle, Inishmore in the Aran Islands and Portrush in Northern Ireland. Seems the star of this group is Inishmore courtesy of Dun Aengus and the accompanying cliffs with the Cliffs of Moher running a close second. Dun Aengus is a Bronze Age Fortress constructed for a reason we are unable to discern. As you will see the area around the Fortress is largely barren limestone offering little inducement for cultivation. Nonetheless, the fortress was built on the edge of seaside cliffs with stacked limestone. Aside from the sights we engaged in another lengthy conversation, on this occasion, with a couple on holiday from ... read more
Ancient Sheep
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Kinvara June 12th 2022

A moving on day. We tidied up and left Cloonloo, heading west. Our first stop was in Ballina, advertising itself as the salmon capital of Ireland. It’s situated on the River Moy, and hosts an annual salmon festival. Unfortunately, as our visit was on Sunday almost all of the town was shut. We did spot several fishermen up to their hips in the river, though. There were no catches while we were watching them. After a brief stroll, we headed off again towards Bangor Erris, not stopping there but turning south along the coast road. After a while we, spotted a sign to Doona Castle, so made the first detour of the day. After a drive of a couple of miles on a very narrow road no castle was visible, so we stopped to ask a ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Galway June 5th 2022

Ireland the North 1 Sunday Ardara What a cracking day. First of all the sun shone all day and it was warm at about 18 deg. at teatime with an easterly wind which hardly affected us adversely. Heading west along the coast of Donegal Bay was very pleasant and fairly easy despite a few climbs inland. Maybe my legs were feeling good after the rest day yesterday which affected my mood. I think without the rest today may have been purgatory. Having said that a walker kept passing us up one hill. Killybegs harbour looked splendid with quite a few ships alongside and wind turbine blades and columns in store. We grabbed a brew and bite here at about 11.30 since we thought that nothing more could be found afterwards. However, I found a pub/cafe with ... read more
Alpacas
Beachbathers.

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Clifden May 30th 2022

Ireland Monday If I was a dour fellow I would say that the scenery today was quite good. If I was the flamboyant sort I would say that it was absolutely wonderful, even looking through my rose coloured spectacles. However, the wind was in our face for the whole day which made riding very difficult, even though we only climbed 530 metres it felt like 1000. I was really glad to finish the ride, which was made worse by the rain for the last two hours. Mostly we followed the coast which took us on a very twisty route in the boulder strewn countryside occupied by donkeys, horses and the occasional sheep. Away from the coast we encountered many lakes and ponds which the Irish call loughs and quite a few Bonny thatched cottages and hotels. ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Galway September 13th 2019

Lovely blue skies greet us as we take the train to Galway. A lovely lady named Berna sits beside me on the journey. She taught school for 40 years, and raised a Downs syndrome son whom she wrote a book about. Berna presented me with a copy of this booklet at the conclusion of our train trip. Galway means stony river. In 1477 Christopher Columbus visited here. On arriving, the weather changes to drizzle. We devour bowls of steaming seafood chowder at Hooked restaurant, and then stroll through Nun Island featuring canals and waterfalls. The following day takes us to the center of the city, and grand public park Eyre Square. It is sometimes referred to as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park as he visited Galway and gave a speech in the square in June ... read more
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The canals in Galway
Hooked Restaurant....If you hook it....Cook It!

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara September 8th 2019

Zondag 8/9/2019 – Tourtocht door de Connemara. Niet met zwaaiende zakdoeken op het ritme van 'Les lacs du Connemara', maar rustig in een bus met onze Ierse gids op dagtocht door de Connemara streek. Het meest westelijk deel van Ierland, en dus ook het natste. Dat hebben we geweten. Zo zonnig het gisteren was, zo mistig en nat vandaag. Spijtig, want de prachtige bergen, meren, fjorden en veenlandschappen waren nauwelijks te onderscheiden door de mist en nattigheid. Normaal volgens onze gids, die in het 'zonnige' oostelijke deel van Ierland woont, waar slechts 1/3 van de regen van hier valt. Beter vooruitzichten dus, want daar gaat het naartoe de volgende dagen.... read more
Connemara Pony's
Connemara - meren en bergen
Connemara - Veenlandschap




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