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    On an exposed rock we had seen this tower and a small path was leading down there. No people took this way, so it was the perfect destination for us.

    2017-05-21 14.50.28 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    It was an amazing place, quiet, in a certain way wind-sheltered and with astonishing light conditions. Good place for this historic light tower.

    2017-05-21 14.55.00 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    WW2 also left his traces at this place, the destroyed cannon position in front of the tower.

    2017-05-21 14.57.31 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
    Last edited by Ralf__; February 13th, 2018, 15:47.
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      On our way back to the road i found this beautiful old Massey Ferguson and had to take pictures of it.

      2017-05-21 15.25.49 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      Such a nice idea to alternate the position of the head lamps!

      2017-05-21 15.26.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      We stayed the night at Tramore Beach Campsite. A perfect and lonely place at this season.

      Our next stop was at Burtonport, where the ferry to Aran Island is starting. The Aran Islands are famous for their woolen chlothes and you find their label in each shop. If Jan-Olav is some day stressed by his job on the big ferries, why not change here to a more relaxing life:

      2017-05-22 12.10.28 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
      Last edited by Ralf__; February 13th, 2018, 14:56.
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      • ombugge
        ombugge commented
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        I presume this ferry only sails at High Tide?

      • Ralf__
        Ralf__ commented
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        They have a regular schedule, i guess this is the replacement ferry. You can find a nice video about this route:

        I learned that there are two (!) companies serving this route, the blue and the red one...

      This one was in duty, just a tiny bit bigger.

      2017-05-22 12.12.29 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      And this is just a lovely small harbour. We had the wong planning for this day, the guide books recommend this place:

      2017-05-22 12.12.40 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      Shortly after that we had a short walk along Donegal Airport.
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        Short way down to Bunbeg Pier:

        2017-05-22 13.17.59 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        Then we reached Fanad Head. Now we are really in the Northernmost area of Ireland.

        2017-05-23 11.29.54 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        Not easy to find, since apparently some local people removed the signs: the Great Pollet Arch.

        2017-05-23 12.32.37 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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          Waterfalls are a must for my wife, here Glennevin Waterfall, 15m high.

          2017-05-23 17.37.06 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          We spent the next night at Binion Bay, a very simple campsite with the price of a five star caming park!! Nothing spectacular here, so why not look for another place?

          Spectacular views up here. The hills and mountains are getting higher, the valleys deeper, the bays more spectacular. Really great to travel here.

          2017-05-24 10.42.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          And then we reached Malin Head, the Northernmost point of the Wild Atlantic Way! We followed the whole coast from South to North!

          2017-05-24 11.10.38 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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            Not easy to decide, what to put in a straight line here. I decided for the WWW way post. The "North Cape" of Ireland, which is more South than Glasgow or Edinburgh. The sign on the hill is left from WW2, so the plane pilots knew, which country they did reach.

            2017-05-24 11.11.41 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            The distances are not far here so a short time later we reached the Magilligan Point View. Here you have the view to Northern Ireland over the bay.

            2017-05-24 12.44.47 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            At the time of our visit, the ferry was not running, because Northern Ireland and Ireland were struggling about the money, but later that year it reopened again.

            A short distance to Derry, where the Wild Atlantic Ways has it's official end.

            On the next - last leg we cross Irelands lakes and rivers Southbound to Rosslare again.
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              We toured three days through the Northern peninsulas. Now it was a short-cut from 80 kilometers from Derry to Ballyshannon, where we stayed for the night at Lakeside Camping.


              An evening walk lead us to the Rory Gallagher Monument, because this was his hometown.

              2017-05-24 20.56.04 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              Each summer they organize a big festival.

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                Normally a tourist would now cross over to the Eastern Coast to visit the shore there and Dublin, off course. But i wanted to stay in the countryside and prefered to follow the Shannon River and explore the housboating areas to find out, if this could be a destination for a future holiday. Since Ballyshannon is the end of the lake and river system of Erne and Shannon, we followed the waterways inside the country. The first part of the route lead us through Northern Ireland. Not much difference, but the distances are shown in miles (also the speed on the traffic signs). Also you need different money to pay for something. This can be a major problem if you want to pay just a little fee for the parking automat! This is a picture of Enniskillen.

                2017-05-25 11.24.28 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                And nearby the houseboating area begins. All is preparing and waiting for the main season.

                2017-05-25 11.54.15 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                Different landscape and a lot of possibilities to find lonely places on the lakes, although the number of boats let expect huge traffic during the summer holidays.

                2017-05-25 12.25.00 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                  Perfect organized facilities and everything in good shape. The Irish people are investing a lot to make this kind of holidays attractive.

                  2017-05-25 13.46.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                  Our lunchplace was at a small harbour, where houseboaters can find fresh water, electricity, toilets, showers and even fuel. For all these facilities you get access with a special boater card.

                  2017-05-25 13.46.17 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                  Of course we had to check out, how the locks are working in Ireland.

                  2017-05-25 14.16.14 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                    Houseboaters have to disembark one person before the lock to control the lock with this panel (which is boling hot in full sun).
                    In our opinion this is quite laborious. The French system with activating from the boat with the red and blue post and opening from tha canal is more comfortable.

                    2017-05-25 14.16.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                    The waterways are looking also very idyllic.

                    2017-05-25 14.47.00 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                    Some boats were underway. In summer you will have to wait several cycles.

                    2017-05-25 14.56.49 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                      Nice navigating...

                      2017-05-25 17.52.01 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      Traffic is already stopped in the evening sun.

                      2017-05-25 18.29.10 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      We finished our evening walk along the channel on a nearby Campsite with Pub and enjoyed our time.

                      2017-05-25 20.48.00 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                      Nice atmosphere...

                      2017-05-25 22.01.02 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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                        Nice spot, comfortable facilities, a girls birthday in the evening (Camping is often a bit risky on weekends - noisewise), but nice.

                        2017-05-26 10.37.31 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                        And the boats nearby.

                        2017-05-26 10.37.50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                        Here is the rental centre pier in Carric on Shannon. Lots of houseboats.

                        Foto 25.05.17, 17 06 49 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                          Nice picture on our road to Kilkenny: Moris Minor Van in front of a Hotel.

                          2017-05-26 12.14.21 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                          The home of my wife's favourite beer in Ireland: Smithwicks brewery in Kilkenny. In our country only known as "Kilkenny's", because the original name is difficult to speak and has also a slippery meaning.
                          However the beer is now brewed in Dublin (at Guinness) and most of the buildings of the old brewery have been demolished and there is a lot of free, ugly space at this time.

                          Foto 26.05.17, 17 30 42 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                          Kilkenny Castle with a nice, huge park in the back, where all citizens seemed to meet before dinner.

                          Foto 26.05.17, 17 56 50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                            The campsite was a little bit off the city and rain came in the evening, so we did not walk to a pub this evening. We chatted with other campers instead and had a look at the related horse farm.

                            2017-05-26 20.36.12 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr


                            In the next morning we returned through masses of water caused by the nightly rain to Rosslare to catch our ferry to France, together with a lot of life cattle trucks. No fun aboard. Why must these transports be?

                            2017-05-27 16.57.41 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                            After a night on calm seas we reached Cherboug again. Pullman Tour's Monarch was just leaving the port.

                            2017-05-28 09.18.35 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                              When we returned from the houseboat trip in Brittany some years ago we crossed the Champagne and decided to have a overnight stop and a dinner with champagne the next time we will come through this area again. And so we did. We finished our holiday having a night in a castle and a French dinner with a champagne taste. It was all perfect, delicious and compared to what you get, reasonable priced.


                              So thank you all for following our traces, thank you for the patience because of the long breaks during this report, but it happened a lot during tha last months - not all, but mostly positive.
                              We are looking now forward to our next tour - destination Norway.

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