19.04.2009 - 21.04.2009
We arrived at The Arches Country House overlooking Loch Eske, near Donegal Town. We collapsed into the 2 easy chairs in the bay window, and contemplated the view before us: the sun was setting, stretching shadows across the peaceful loch, dark hills rising up on the other side,
cows grazing in the meadows beyond the garden which is filled with neatly manicured Thuya trees.
The room was divinely comfortable, just right for recuperating from the flu [which Sandi had now caught from me as well!]. We decided to chill for the whole day, rather than rush about sightseeing.
The next afternoon we took a drive along the coast of Donegal Bay, past Killybegs one of Ireland's busiest fishing ports, to see the highest sea cliffs in Europe, called Slieve League. The car struggled up the steep, narrow, winding road to Bunglass Point from where we had a spectacular view of the impressive cliffs streaked with shades of amber, red and ochre, rising up far above the sea below. We thought they were far more impressive than the Cliffs of Mohr, but probably less well known as they are far less accessible.
Even at spectacular heights one feels the call of nature....
The windswept hilltops are home to a particularly tough variety of mountain sheep, who seem to be fearless of precipices!
Troughs left by peat harvesting are scattered around the hills in the Gaeltacht area, which is heavily populated with traditional Irish speaking people.
The next day we had a long 7 hour drive down to Tipperary for David's next job. We stopped briefly to pay homage to Bundoran, where Jamie and Lis had lived, worked and surfed for several months a few years before. The sea was as flat as a pancake so not sure where the surf was supposed to be!
We followed the coastline of Lower Lough Erne [N. Ireland again] past Enniskillen and down through the Midlands, where David got a haircut next to a garage while we filled the car! Sandi says she can't afford a haircut in this part of the world, so she is threatening to wear a tea-cosy or to shave her head!