I moved a bit quicker through 3 counties along the Wild Atlantic Way last month. My driving moved up yet another level closer to ‘local’ as I zipped past tourists and tractors on the small winding roads that reminded me of ribbons blowing in the wind. At one point I actually decided that I couldn’t have done this trip with anyone else – I would have hated being the passenger in a car on these roads – I would have been a ball of stress! Getting to drive yourself is yet another great reason to be solo.
This week’s Wild Atlantic Way Instagram update was full of volatile weather – which makes great photography. I started the week in County Galway where I was introduced to yet another landscape as I went through the town of Roundstone – aptly named since the whole landscape there was huge round stones! Then I made it to the little popular town of Clifden in Connemara. This was an area where I actually had a connection. A guy I met 4 years ago on the Mongol Rally hosted me at the Dolphin Beach House. His family has been running this perfectly placed home on the Sky Road peninsula for years so I was excited to finally get to see it!
I drove through Connemara National Park, the Bens, and fjords and towards County Sligo where I stayed on beautiful Enniscrone beach B&B for a night. It was here that I ran into the surfers along the Wild Atlantic Way.
On to County Donegal to see the largest cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way – Slieve Leage. It was a windy, rainy day again and I felt like I needed to strap into something when I got out of my car and the wind nearly blew me over! I had to skip the walk to the summit due to high winds and poor visibility – but the overcast skies made for super photography. After another night in a great rural B&B on Inishowen peninsula I got up early the next day and headed to the northern most point – Malin Head. No one was out on the roads that morning – just me and the sheep – and spectacular views.
I was sad to turn in my car…really sad…we had such a great relationship going. And it was just this week that I figured out I had an auxiliary input and could listen to my music on my ipod! My favorite days were these rainy, stormy days where I could sing at the top of my lungs and enjoying the winding views.
I realized that my Instagram feed was lacking diversity in color lately – so I bring you blue.
My biking path today. I had moments of rain, wind, & sun – typical day in #Ireland w @All_Connemara
Watching the surfers at Enniscrone Beach go out for the morning
A green tunnel in Connemara along the #wildatlanticway
The Irish countryside is littered w old crumbling stone homes like this. I find them beautiful memories of the past and often make up stories in my head as I pass by about the families who used to live there. You have a lot of time for your imagination to run wild when doing a solo road trip!
Stormy days really do create the best photography. #wildatlanticway
On the road again in County Sligo!
I feel like I’m on a road on Mars – but it’s just Donegal Ireland along the #wildatlanticway
I adored the colors at Silabh League Cliffs – the aqua of the water & orange/ yellow of the foreground. The wind was brutal up there but the view was worth it!
My last day on the #wildatlanticway – I’m heading the the northernmost point in Ireland – Malin Head. The roads are quiet – it’s just me and the sheep.