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Published: August 17th 2017
View from my dinner table at Harvey's Point
After checking the weather again when I got up -it looked to have improved considerably from the day before. I thought I would be forced to don my full rain gear to day but was able to get by with out any rain gear. I did get spit on a couple of times but overall it was overcast but dry.
I've learned that the best way to forecast the weather here is to look outside 😀.
The trip from Westport was only 180km but took over 3 1/2 hours to make it to The Harvey's Point hotel. The Hotel is isolated outside of town on a beautiful lake (Eske). My room was gigantic with a parlor room as you enter then a bar area, huge bathroom and large combined bedroom and living room. The hotel is pretty self contained with their own Cabrera and a fantastic restaurant.
I can whole heartedly recommend Harvey's point to anyone coming up to Donegal. The only downside you will need to take a 12 Euro cab ride into town. However the cabbies are so engaging even the cab ride is a social event worth the $12 euro trip.
The beach below the cliffs as part of Slieve League
The Town of Donegal is built around a town square. I ate dinner at the Olde Castle Bar -and visited the well known "The Reel Inn" for a few pints and wonderful Irish Music. I met half the bar last night - Keara and Sara manning the bar. John the owner (and squeeze box player) along with Marcus and Kevin. Kevin ended up taking the mike to sing a couple songs. Net-Net the story is if you come to Donegal be sure "the Reel Inn" is part of your visit.
Friday was my free day and again the weather looked to be cooperating. I rode West to Killybeg's a cool fishing community and then on to Slieve League (the tallest cliffs in Ireland). I ended up on a slight detour as I visited a factory wool store. Glencolmcille Woolen Mill - a family owned and operated mill. Emma, a lovely young lady and the daughter of the owner, helped with my sweater purchases. Emma thought I may be in between sizes so she brought me over to her mum who was working on a sweater (50%) the product on hand was made there. She made some
The owner John playing Squeze box along with some of the other musicians
notes and will make my sweater custom for me. The best part was that they will ship all my purchases direct to my home.
As I left the Mill I had to shoo sheep of the road- but it was neat to think they also will be providing the wool for my new sweater. I made it back to Harvey's point around 4:30. Stopped in at the Reel Inn had a pint and said my ado's. Sara was behind the bar along with Jimmy. Headed back and made it an early night.
I call the line between Dublin and Galway the Irish Mason-Dixon Line. The two halves are very different but equally stunning particularly along the coasts. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's trek to the northern tip of Ireland - Ballyliffin.
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