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    We drove further on the Mullet peninsula and on it's southern end you can find this monumetn similar to Stonehenge.

    2017-05-19 13.19.37 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Of course this is an official Wild Atlantic Way viewpoint.

    2017-05-19 13.20.18 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Our next stop was at Annagh Head. Here they erected an artificial project, reminding at the historic beehive houses, called so because of their shape.

    2017-05-19 14.04.08 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


      A few kilometers further on we reached Doonamo Point. A big blowhole is washed here in the rocks. On stormy days you can see the water blowing up the hole, but you will need at least 10 beaufort. We had in maximum 4, so not spectacular this day.

      2017-05-19 14.23.50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      But you can look down in this hole.

      2017-05-19 14.24.42 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      Mostly alone at this time of the year.

      2017-05-19 14.28.28 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


        Everywhere along the road are the turf fields. They cut the briquettes and then they must dry.

        Foto 19.05.17, 13 03 59 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        If a machine is doing this, the fields look like this.

        Foto 19.05.17, 13 09 50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        This is a closer look to such a field.

        Foto 19.05.17, 17 51 32 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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          The smell of the turf fires is a very typical smell and you get very used to it. Mostly they are also heating the pubs and restaurants with it and so it is going equal with a cozy feeling. Nowadays the Irish people struggle with the EU - rules for the protections of the environment. I guess in a few years these pictures and also the smell will be history. But today they are working all day for it.

          Foto 19.05.17, 16 13 41 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          Here you can see again the typical sign of the Wild Atlantic Way. Sometimes a (N) or (S) is added to show you the correct direction. You have just to follow and need very seldom a road map. Very comfortable.

          Foto 19.05.17, 15 21 16 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          The Wild Atlantic Way is in this area, as i like it: single track and lonely.

          Foto 19.05.17, 17 38 40 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


            Scenery at Erris Head, where you can do a nice walk to the shoreline.

            2017-05-19 15.28.14 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            Not far away over the sea on direct line, but quite a ride on the road: Benwee Head.

            2017-05-19 16.42.52 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            Here they installed a wind organ, but also here not spectacular on a calm day. So you can't get it all.

            2017-05-19 16.42.58 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            In this area there are just a few campsites and so we drove across the country a few kilometers ahead to Ballina, the next bigger town. We decided to return at the next morning and continue on our way.
            We did not take pictures on Beleek Campsite, but it was very nice and probably the tidiest on on our whole trip.

            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


              Nice to follow you around the coastline and "discover" new locations. Looking forward to the next bay of interest.


                Awesome trip indeed.

                The landscapes do remind me of Finnmark county in northern Norway, but way more beautiful when compared to Finnmark.

                I especially loved the scenery in the below image.... perfect to find peace and solitude, and to relax.

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                The Wild Atlantic Way is in this area, as i like it: single track and lonely.

                Foto 19.05.17, 17 38 40 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                  Génial! What a nice trip you had -and great memories for me. I especially love your pictures of the turf fields. I experienced to make the briquettes (only one afternoon) in the farm owned by my Galwaygians friends (gosh, it was in 1976!). Just for the fun, of course, but I was paid in real Guinness!!!! Hope you've more photos to post, i'm taker.


                    Eventually got back to this marvellous trip report! I had made some jottings as I went along:-

                    #23 - Absolutely love this with the lighthouse just peeping out behind the rocks as if it was a bit shy! And then of course appreciating the excellence of its position from a sea point of view in the later photo.

                    Which brings me to #24
                    And then some tasty-looking fish, and the funicular - which certainly would have been a must-see for me.

                    I enjoyed the places and descriptions of how you made little diversions from the Ring of Kerry road to interesting places and views of coastal scenery. I've been round this road (but without diversions) way back in 1982. Some organised tour didn't materialise, so D hired a car for a few days. Not a great success, and I mostly remember grumpy tantrums tather than why and where they were. Of course many of the things you so enjoyed didn't suit - like the longer walks and the spontaneous changes of plan, but especially pubs. Admittedly this was long before the smoking ban, and in those days even a smoker like yourself Ralf might have hesitated to remain in many an Irish pub long enough for the Guinness to be poured! The music didn't appeal to D back then either but that has changed, largely due to a English friend of ours from Cambridge days who took up Scottish Gaelic traditional singing.
                    (Straying off topic, but in a ship kind ot way, I heard that she's recently been on a a Hurtigruten Explorer Cruise on Fram that went to eastern Canada - places like Newfoundland and Cape Breton that have connections with Irish and Scottish folk music and history. She offered to sing one evening and totally captivated the guests. Taking over the panorama lounge right after the boisterous crew show with these unaccompanied songs takes some doing - and it makes my spine tingle just thinking about it.)

                    From both a landscape and a photographic point of view I absolutely love #41/3. I keep coming back to it.
                    The later #79/3 of the lonely road too. There’s a ‘rain on window’ one which appealed to me (#43.1), and I couldn't possibly fail to highlight the beach and and cloudscape of 'Regine in the sea'.

                    As you head farther north into Connemara you are in an area where I have been a number of times in the context of geological work, though the rocks of interest were not the spectacular formations you photographed on the coast, but less obvious more scrappy looking exposures of rock amid green landscapes and moors inland.

                    As you allude to throughout this splendid thread, as well as delights of landscape and historical places so much of the attraction and specialness of Ireland is the people. I'm so glad you had such great times in a country I have a considerable affection for.


                      Thank you for intense reading and all these marvellous comments.

                      The next day we made a short loop back to continue the WAW, where we had left it yesterday. So our first stop was at the Museum of Ceide Fields, where you can see and learn a lot about the Celtic settlements and the history of the turf fields in the area.


                      After visiting the inside of the museum, which you can discover with that link, wooden footpaths are guiding you through the fields to some finds of the historic settlements.

                      2017-05-20 11.47.06 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      Next point on the route is Downpatricks Head, a rock you-have-to-take-pictures of.

                      2017-05-20 10.24.47 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      Here is also a deep hole in the rock with a tunnel to the sea.

                      2017-05-20 10.19.49 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
                      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


                        After a wonderful day heavy rain started. This is the reason, why i have no pictures from the rest of the day.

                        We met a friend of my sister, which told us that he is living near Sligo. He invited us for a late lunch in Shells Café in Strandhill, one of the first and most popular Surfer Hotspots in Ireland. Even in that weather and in early season some tough guys were out on their boards.
                        If you click on that link below you will find all information and a video giving you a perfect impression of the place.


                        Since the campside in Strandhill is near the airport we decided to head then further on to Rosses Point on the other side of the bay. Here is also a link to a video. Of course we had a pitch with seaview.


                        During our ride through Sligo we did not found a place which was so inviting that we would spend a bus ticket in the evening so we had a look at the pubs in Rosses Point, which were also recommended by my sister's friend. So we went to Harrys Bar, which was a very cozy place.


                        They had life music in the back room, where you had to pay an entrance fee. We were quite tired and did not know if we would stay the whole evening so we decided to stay in the front room of the pub and enjoy our pint and talk. When the concert started, the music from the back room was played over the speakers in the front room of the bar also. Ideal and not so loud. Later we realised that we had listened to something very special: Seamie O'Dowd and Kieran Quin, two Sligo based musicians. Watch and listen to the HQ videos:




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                          .....and the show goes on.
                          Thank you for the links to this reinterpreted traditional music.

                        Haven't been on here for a while and am only catching up with this thread now. Always great to see pics and read about places I know so well. Looking at someone else's pics can often be like seeing a familiar place for the first time,
                        Thanks for sharing Ralf.


                          How spectacularly square that Downpatricks Head is - as well as that hole and tunnel to the sea!

                          Almost like it was cut that way.
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                            Posting my jottings since last time! Ralf.
                            I've visited WB Yeats grave in County Sligo, but not much else around there.

                            Unsurprisingly I was captivated by that rock in #85/2, imagining sittting among the flowers on the grass and making a sedimentary log. Some of my former student groups would have enjoyed that, without any more effort expected than looking through binoculars from time to time to check on the finer layers. But then correlating with the hole in the ground and any other bits of exposed rock might be a bit more challenging!

                            Greatly enjoyed the links you found to those talented musicians. Especially liked “Eily's Garden”.


                              The next day we continued to head North on the Wild Atlantic Way. The next steps are difficult to remember, while i ask my wife since weeks to transfer her pictures of this area on her cloud, which she always forgets. But now i have to continue and will do it only with my pictures and fill up with some links. I hope you don't mind.

                              Our next stop was Mullaghmore Head where you can follow a wonderful panoramic road round the peninsula. The pittoresque castle is private property and it is not possible to get closer to it. But this is another magic place. Enjoy the panorama and the short video:


                              Further on the road is Killybegs. It was announced as an important fishing harbour and again we have to accept that today's fishing industry is not attractive anymore. Huge fences and halls, the fish is directly loaded on cooled trucks. No fish&chip booth along the road, most shops closed around noon. Maybe it was still too early in the season. So we had our lunch elsewhere.

                              Our next stop was at Sliagh Liag, where we parked our car in a small valley and did a steep walk up to an amazing viewpoint.

                              2017-05-21 14.13.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                              From this parking lot (where we also could have placed our car at this time of the season) you could even climb higher on a summit to have the full panoramic view.


                              But we prefered to stay there and walk the to another point we discovered on our way up there.

                              2017-05-21 14.18.51 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
                              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11