After leaving the Antrim coast, we headed to County Donegal. We drove in at night and heavy mists were rolling in, obscuring the tops of the cliffs and surrounding hills. It looked like something out of a movie, I half expected to stumble onto an old-timey druid gathering!
We didn’t stay in Donegal city, we stayed in a bed and breakfast on Muckross Head- a rocky peninsula jutting out into the churning Atlantic. The B&B was called Ocean Spray, which was more than appropriate considering the pounding waves sent plenty of salt into the air and shot fluffy balls of white sea-foam onto the road.
The next day we went into Donegal city to visit Castle Donegal. It was well maintained- I could see myself living there ;-).
A note for future travelers, I’m glad we didn’t stay in Donegal city because I felt like it was touristy and crowded. It is much better to stay in the countryside and then go into the city for your shopping and site seeing. If you are a bibliophile, I recommend visiting the Four Masters Bookshop. I always buy cookbooks as souvenirs when I travel, and I found two good ones at the bookshop: Our Grannies Recipes by Eoin Purcell and The Irish Cookbook by Carla Blake.
The other site we visited in County Donegal was Slieve League, the highest cliffs in Europe. This was one of my favorite stops on the whole trip. The cliffs are very impressive to look at, but what I enjoyed the most was that you could climb up quite high on part of the cliffs themselves. There is a fenced viewing platform, but you can keep walking past it and start going vertical. Be careful because the fence ends and you can walk right up to the edge! Scary but thrilling 🙂 It is really windy too, so a gust can easily knock you off balance.
These sheep are fearless, they will walk right up to the edge of the cliff and, um, do their business, if you know what I mean.
There were piles of evidence left behind. Couldn’t they find a safer place for the morning constitutional?!
With a good half a day of sightseeing in, we headed south to Galway and an absolutely beautiful Abby in Connemara. More to come 🙂