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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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    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:

    http://www.lobsterpot.ie/index.html

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

    Shortly after that we had a short walk along Donegal Airport.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-...orld-1.3063774

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  • Ralf__
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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.
    http://tramorebeachrosbeg.com/

    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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  • Ralf__
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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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  • Ralf__
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    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:

    https://www.wildatlanticway.com/dire...ore-head/127/#

    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.

    https://www.wildatlanticway.com/dire...iabh-liag/337/

    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

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  • Seagull
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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”.

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

    Almost like it was cut that way.

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  • Patrick H
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    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.

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

  • Ralf__
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    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.

    http://www.shellscafe.com/

    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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX0qLFuQ2SI

    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.

    http://www.harrysrossespoint.com/

    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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrSIVPv2Rgg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMocHCDtFNA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBSy7vm2jig



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  • Ralf__
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    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.

    http://ceidefields.com/

    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

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  • Seagull
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    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.

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  • yvneac
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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.

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