I left my B&B this morning and headed out into the western wilderness of Ireland. The goal was to do the Connemara route from Rick Steve’s guide in reverse. But first let me tell you about my ride. It is a new, black Mini Cooper One. Six speed manual transmission. It’s a lot of fun to drive.
I drove from Salthill (resort suburb of Galway) on the N59 to Clifdon. I stopped almost everywhere I was able to pull over so that I could take photos.
This area is just beautiful! After Clifdon I meandered my way to the Connemara National Park. I learned a lot about bogs and peat but couldn’t find any of the Connemara ponies:( What a bummer! They must have been in the stable, but I could hear them whinny every now and then.
I stopped at a couple craft shops and found things for most of my family as well as myself. I got the newest Cecelia Ahern novel, “The Gift”, and an apron with a cow on the front. It’s so cute:)
I tried to see Croagh Patrick but there was a lot of road works and cars behind me and I couldn’t see the entrance until it was too late and there was nowhere to pull over or turn around, I’m not as adept with this car as I am with mine or else I would just do a u-turn in the middle of the road.
I saw the Aasleagh Falls, they were pretty but not quite as big as I thought they would be.
Then I worked my way to Westport. By the time I got there it was the start of rush hour and there was no chance of me getting a parking spot on the mall and I could barely cross the street. When I left, I got on the wrong road, but I made my way back to Galway.
I’ll keep you posted!