The next leg of our journey took us north. On the drive up, we stopped by Carriogunnell Castle. This is an "open site" in a farmer's field and we had it all to ourselves! It was great to climb around and explore and we had a sunny warm day to appreciate it!
If you look closely in the photo below on the right you'll see the drone in the sky!
We stopped for a night in the town of Galway, where I used to live and work. I had forgotten how big Galway is and we happily hit the road the next day for more peace and quiet :o)
We stopped by the town of Cong where we visited Cong Abbey and the Monk's Fishing House.
We then stayed on Achill Island for a few nights. If I had it to do over again, I definitely would have booked us to stay longer here. The scenery was spectacular plus lots of great restaurants (and yummy scones!) ;o) Plus the B&B that Jason and I stayed in was fantastic! It had a garden that we spent hours exploring and enjoying. And did we mention the AMAZING breakfasts: gorgeous views and delicious food including many types of home made bread!! www.achill-island-bed-and-breakfast.com
We had a great time driving around and enjoying the beautiful views...
... and had fun visiting with the locals :) and laughing at the warning signs.
We also went for a lovely hillwalk near Keem Strand (beach) which led us to some stunning views.
After we left Achill Island we stayed a couple nights near Belmullet at a really unique vacation rental: a refurbished old Coast Guard Station out on a peninsula. To arrive, we had to drive across a beach! Unfortunately the weather wasn't all that great for our stay. But we did enjoy some beach strolls and also got a chance to go to a pub and hear some live music and drink some Guinness. The area also had some fun warning signs and a pub named for Jason's mom, Linda!
If you look closely at the picture on the right, the orange rocks spell I heart u! Jason found those for me :)