Day 12 – Connemara 14-15 October

Connemara – Wednesday and Thursday

We left Doolin on Wednesday morning and drove on the Wild Atlantic Way to Galway – a fantastic road that hugged the coast line for miles with waves endlessly crashing against massive limestone ledges. We drove through ‘the Burren’ allegedly the landscape that inspired Tolkiens descriptions of the land in Lord of the Rings – massive limestone outcrops and strange gnarled trees and unusual plants. There is a profusion of wild fuschia growing in the hedgerows – it is a stark contrast to the grey rock.

We then hit ‘Connemara – James Joyce country….an unbelievably dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes but without the tourist villages and hundreds of walkers you find everywhere in the Lakes . Mid October Ireland is almost devoid of people and gives the most wonderful sense of space and freedom.

We headed out to a campsite Colin had found in the sand dunes with lovely beaches and supposedly seals and dolphins. An eco camp site it is so unspoilt with lovely views and Puccini’s 3rd violin concerto in the shower !!

Woke late on Thursday morning – there is no sound apart from the waves – we set off to explore Omey Island an island reached by sand bar at low tide – an island of great beauty and peace ( hard to put into words but a place that enlarges your spirit) then back to the pub – have fallen in love with chowder and Guinness .
Started weaving last night aspire to recreate some of the lovely scenery …. Watch this space – not necessarily that easy ….

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