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  • Ralf__
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    Soon as we continued our trip the next morning, we reached the next nice viewpoint, Roonagh Pier. Here a ferry is serving the connection to Clare Island.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Island

    2017-05-18 12.31.59 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Then we continued to Westport, where our guide book announced the next Manor House we wanted to visit: Westport House.

    2017-05-18 14.19.18 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    An impressing building, private owned by a family.

    2017-05-18 14.25.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Here is the missing picture Regine took in #61/3.

    Foto 17.05.17, 17 30 57 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And here is our campsite for this night, Renvyle Beach. Here we experienced that you can have all kind of weather in Ireland within one hour.

    Foto 17.05.17, 20 07 38 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Of course our pitch had sea view.

    Foto 17.05.17, 20 46 34 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Walking at the beach before our sun-downer.

    Foto 17.05.17, 22 10 43 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    I found a whole bunch of pictures i was missing. So earlier yesterday we passed a nice village and this nice scenery made us stop for a short walk.
    This was even before Galway, the village is called Kinvara. Nearby is a small castle, Dunguaire Castle.

    Foto 16.05.17, 12 56 35 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Near the campsite of yesterday was an old graveyard. The people have to be inventive, to protect all against the strong wind.

    Foto 16.05.17, 19 35 26 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    In the morning of today we did a short side trip to Omey Island. At low tide you can reach the island over the beach, You have to follow the blue signs then. Of course there are horses in Connemara.

    Foto 17.05.17, 14 46 56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Once a year a famous horserace is happening at this place. They have hours to build up the whole scenery, do the race and remove all again, before the water is coming back.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00JQkoOnI7Y

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  • Ralf__
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    Thank you both for your friendly comments. I am trying to continue and finish this report as quick as possible. Some things are hard to remember after such a long time inbetween.

  • Sterkoder
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    Like your report, specially from the small town streets with colorful houses, and of course the small and cozy pubs.
    Have no special comment to any particular photo, just want you to know I'm looking in every now and then

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  • pakarang
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    Nice trip report from a different place in the world - a bit out of the average tourist-tracks. Some of these villages is like travelling back in time - perfect for photo-walks I would think.

    I really liked the desk in the window in the first photo of post #60 - kind of cozy!

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  • Ralf__
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    A few meters down the lake shore you can find a mini-cathedral, which was built by the first owner. Impressing for a private chapel...

    2017-05-17 16.37.48 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The Irish roads are quity bumpy, may this is a reason, why you don't see classic cars very often. But one of the visitors drove a perfect looking Triumph TR3!!

    2017-05-17 17.01.59 HDR by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    I can't remenber, where we spent the next night, but i will think about it. Have to sort out the pictures. To be continued...

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  • Ralf__
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    Somehow we missed to take a picture of the former castle now abbey, so you should have a look here:

    https://www.kylemoreabbey.com/wp-con...topbanner1.jpg

    But we were inside. A small part is a museum and showing the original purpose, the other areas are now abbey and closed to the public.

    2017-05-17 16.11.56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    2017-05-17 16.10.17 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Regine at least was taking a picture of the building, but i think it was not good...

    2017-05-17 16.30.56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    The interior is a little bit old school, but you can change it...

    2017-05-17 15.38.51 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Soon history because of the CO2 discussion: heating with turf. Ireland will loose it's typical smell!!!

    2017-05-17 15.41.44 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    View back.

    2017-05-17 15.45.49 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    A few kilometers after this viewpoint we left the WAW to visit a manor park and manor house. Regine is very interested in such places and so i had to include a few of them into our route. For this day i had chosen Kylemore Abbey. And it was worth this visit!

    First we walked through the park and botanic garden.

    2017-05-17 15.28.51 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    As it is one of the most famous attactions of Ireland with many thousand visitors each year i was surprised that only two of the former more than twenty glass houses have been restored. Maybe the reason is that the area is an Abbey since 1920, before it was built and owned by a rich industrialist and his family.

    2017-05-17 15.32.21 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Me don't need a castle. Such a nice gardener house ist great!

    2017-05-17 15.37.56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Weather and mood change quick, as we had more clouds a few minutes later. Now we are back in more quiet areas, where the WAW is looking nearly always like this.

    2017-05-17 11.45.00 (2) by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    We are now in Connemara, famous for it's horses and ponies, But our first stop was at Connemara Smokehouse near Ballyconeely where you can get very special smoked fish. Not cheap, but very delicious!

    http://www.smokehouse.ie/

    The next town was Clifden, where you can find some really nice hotels, however we stopped a bit later, because the view over a bay was attracting us. There was a footpath to an old castle (Clifdon Castle), but this was quite demolished. But you could see that Obelix was here before.

    2017-05-17 12.52.44 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Another great stop was called "Sky Road Wild Atlantic Way Viewpoint". No further explanation necessary...

    2017-05-17 13.10.50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    The next morning we drove a short way back to Roundstone which i expected to look nicer in the morning sun. And i was right.

    2017-05-17 10.26.56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    It has a nice little harbour.

    2017-05-17 10.28.27 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Can you imagine, why i prefer such villages instead of industrial towns like Galway?

    2017-05-17 10.28.47 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    So on day two we gave up and followed the WAW to Galway, which was announced to us as important harbour town. Due to the rain we had not much motivation to walk, there was nothing attracting us, just a lot of traffic queueing in the streets so we decided to continue. During late afternoon the weather was improving and we found a nice campsite at Errisbeg near a small town called Roundstone.

    It was even warm enough to open our pop-up roof, so it is possible to stand in there and you have lots of fresh air inside,

    2017-05-16 18.23.23 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Time for an evening walk along a wonderful beach.

    2017-05-16 18.51.04 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    As it was getting darker, it was time for a sundowner. Beamish Stout for me and pear cider for Regine, something we did not know before, but this is very tasty!!

    2017-05-16 22.03.23 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr


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  • Ralf__
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    Not only because of the Music, but also for a sea trip to the cliffs we decided to stay for two nights in Doolin. Unfortunately we now experienced very grey clouds with stormy rain and so the ships did not sail the next day and even not during day two. So we decided to do a road trip through the Burren area, a very rocky landscape with plants only inbetween those rocks. Interesting, but none of us took some pictures of this day. There was just nothing overwhelming like up to here everywhere on this trip... We visited Burren cave to see Europes longest free hanging stalaktite. 7,3 meters high, this is really impressing.

    2017-05-15 13.20.59 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    It is only so high, because the floor is very slippery and so it's stalagmite counterpart is regularly falling each coupleofthousand years. Otherwise we could have seen just a column,

    2017-05-15 13.24.50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Sorry for that long brake, i have busy times, but stay tuned, i will continue ASAP. Big promise!

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