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  • pakarang
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    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.

    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    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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  • Tommi
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    Nice to follow you around the coastline and "discover" new locations. Looking forward to the next bay of interest.

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  • Ralf__
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    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.

    http://www.belleekpark.com/

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  • Ralf__
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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

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  • Ralf__
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    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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  • Ralf__
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    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

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  • Ralf__
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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

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  • Ralf__
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    The next day we continued our tour through the Mayo county. Can't remember this exact location. Let's call it just a find along the road.

    2017-05-19 13.11.47 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    A short side step announced again a beach and dune path to a small island. We had low tide, so we just did it.

    Foto 19.05.17, 13 21 09 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    This was Claggan Island and this guy was quite trustful, as more as we showed and gave him an apple.

    Foto 19.05.17, 13 29 09 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Thank you for your comment, Jan-Olav. I am glad that you are following with interest.
    I have to add a place we passed the day before. Partly since we were looking out for a campsite and an announced one wasN't there, partly since we did not know some things we learned later we missed to take pictures of Irelands Fjord!
    If we are one day in this area again, we have to spend a visit there:

    http://www.killaryfjordshellfish.com/

    Don't miss to watch the stunning video with that nice car! Thijs will also be happy!

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  • pakarang
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    An absolutely wonderful vacation indeed.

    Great seeing the "inside" of a true castle, and learning how they try making an income for the upkeep. A building like this and at this size, does need a lot of maintenance and care - and it ain't cheap.

    The landscapes are so beautiful.... absolutely stunning!

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  • Ralf__
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    Almost alone and down in the bay there was no wind anymore...

    2017-05-18 17.38.55 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    ...the beach was sandy and the campsite with hot showers not far away...

    2017-05-18 17.45.10 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    ...so Regine decided to have a bath in the Irish Sea at the 18th of May! A local told later, he tried it two weeks before and in his opinion it is still a bit cold.

    2017-05-18 17.57.45 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    This is our pitch for the night, the campsite at Keel. With hot showers and the beach nearby.

    2017-05-18 18.35.21 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    A view on the road ahead.

    2017-05-18 17.01.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    An absolute pleasure to drive here!!!

    2017-05-18 17.01.42 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And the next stop was Keem beach, still on Achill island.

    2017-05-18 17.38.09 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Back on track again. Next viewpoint was An Chéibh Bheag (Cloghmore Pier) with the tower of kildavnet and the lifeboat.

    2017-05-18 16.44.43 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The rest of the day was pure Wild Atlantic Way with spectacular views from a rocky coastline. This is Achill Island.

    2017-05-18 16.58.26 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And this is the view down to Ashleam Bay.

    2017-05-18 16.59.08 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    In the basement it is more the spooky part of the amusement park, of course with the pirate queen of Clare Island.

    2017-05-18 13.41.25 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Funny, but in a sympathic way. We liked this place and had a pleasant visit.

    2017-05-18 13.42.23 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And we included a short walk through the park.

    Foto 18.05.17, 15 16 40 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Enjoy the videos with some examples of the Irish language...

    http://www.westporthouse.ie/pirate-adventure-park/

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  • Ralf__
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    To cover the costs to keep this huge building in shape, the family decided to host tourists so nearly fifty years ago they opened a campsite. Later they offered horse holidays, horse drawn caravans and today they have a complete funpark, which still was closed at pre season. But you could imagine, which fairyground this will be during summer.

    2017-05-18 14.22.21 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The house was open and a crude mixture: Partly it is a museum, as can bee seen in the library...

    2017-05-18 14.12.31 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    ...or in the staircase, which is so pink because of the colored Italian glass roof. Taste is something you can't argue about. Have a look at the flag, which has for sure seen better days before!

    2017-05-18 13.51.55 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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