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  • Ralf__
    started a topic This is Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way

    This is Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way

    In May 2017 we toured along the Wild Atlantic Way from South to North. In this thread i will try to give you some impressions.

    waw_nationalmapgraphic_june2016_zones_v2-mr by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

  • Ralf__
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    You are welcome. It was a wonderful and unforgettable trip. And now we are expecting the new ones for this year and will keep you again informed.

  • Seagull
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    Since my previous visit here on this super-enjoyable and interesting trip report, I've been captivated by your tower (#91) and the rock arch (#94.3). Oh and that tractor ...and Aran Island ferries!
    What a good idea to continue by exploring the waterways - and such idyllic weather for it too. .So some of the photos even made me think of parts of the Göta canal in Sweden, but I also loved that somehow so Irish-looking bridge in #101.2.
    And a perfect ship picture to end this hugely enjoyable journey. Thank you so much Ralf

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  • pakarang
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    Such an amazing trip, such a beautiful country and beautiful photographs too!

    The castle in post 91 is located in such a beautiful landscape - even more perfect when most tourists doesn't make their way there.

    Great new ferry for me, surely... but, for life on the K., it's far from busy these days. It's like working in a factory by a conveyer belt... it's all routine work. Wouldn't mind trying other ferries around the world though...

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  • Ralf__
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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.

    http://www.chateau-etoges.com/index.php

    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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  • Ralf__
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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

    http://kilkennycamping.com/danville-house-farm/

    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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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

    http://www.battlebridgecaravanandcamping.ie/gallery

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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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.

    http://lakesidecaravanandcamping.com/

    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.
    https://www.rorygallagherfestival.com/

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  • Ralf__
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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:

    https://vimeo.com/173543140

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

  • ombugge
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    I presume this ferry only sails at High Tide?
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