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The road less taken

Saying goodbye to family, we navigated our way to Donegal Town in County Donegal, Ireland. I’ll admit I did remind John to stay on the left side of the road a few times, even though he was doing a fine job following the rules of the road.

As navigator I was probably more turned around than he was. At one point (okay more like two or three points) I told him to turn left when it was supposed to be right, and we ended up taking a new route.

But I can tell you, that is not a bad thing in Ireland. Honestly, anywhere and everywhere you look you will find some treasure to see.

The road less traveled

As we turned the corner to the left and then wound our way to the right, I was sure I spotted a castle off to the side. John and I travel so well together and both love adventure, stopping and changing things up.

So he turned the car around and we went in search of the castle.

Ballymote Castle

I thought it was the Keash Castle, since just minutes before we had stumbled upon the Keash Caves. But we discovered the name was Ballymote Castle built around 1300. This place was massive!

After a lot more twists and turns, narrow roads, and green green fields, we finally arrived in Donegal. And of course, the first thing that greets us is….you guessed it, a castle.

Donegal Castle

We found a hotel right in the center of town and the receptionist hooked us up with a beautiful room overlooking the bay. After a quick pint and bowl of seafood chowder, we were ready to call it a day.

It was so nice to spend a little time early the next morning enjoying the view from our room, with a pot of tea and a little time to write. But just a little time.

Donegal Bay

A room with a view

We had plans to see Sliabh Liag, or Sleave League in English. It’s along the Atlantic and among the highest cliffs in all of Europe. Sliabh Liag is a mountain that has an elevation of almost 2,000 feet. But the ocean has carved away the southern face of it.

After parking the car, we hiked the mile or so to the top and the views were breathtaking. Lots of photos later, we found even more steps higher up the mountain.

hiking up SliabhLiag

When we got back to our car, we wound our way down the other side of the mountain in search of Conwal and Convoy to see if we could locate any Sayers’ graves.

Glengesh Pass

Although the trip was beautiful, we found no gravestones with the name Sayers and decided to head back to Donegal.

Dinner that night at the Olde Castle Pub replenished us and was the perfect cap of the day.

As I stared out the window the next morning, I could see an Abby ruin in the near distance. Looks like we have some more exploring to do…

4 Comments

  1. It looks like y’all are having a fantastic time! So beautiful!

  2. Your pictures are amazing! I love the seaside cliffs, the green lush fields, the imposing castles, and the sheep on your hike! WOW! What a fun trip! I’m so glad you are having a wonderful time. When you get home you may have to remind each other to drive on the right!?!

  3. Wonderful photos. It’s been a few years since I was in Ireland. I love how the old places pop up in the odd little detours of travels. The detours seem to always end up being the gems.

  4. When I read about your woes and worries about packing and buying new pieces for your trip, I didn’t realize you were traveling to IRELAND. The photos you have shared here today and on Instagram are simply stunning. I thought I wanted to go to Italy next European venture but I am rethinking that.

    I have missed several posts so will catch up now. I am guessing your husband is Irish or has family in Ireland? Will investigate.

    You look so good. So happy, so radiant, so youthful, so good. I hope you continue to remember to drive on right which is left side of the road, and continue to make time for stops off the beaten path.

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