Day 09 - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Optional Glenveagh National Park Tour Cancelled; Private Trip to Slieve League Cliffs
Because of the severe weather from Hurricane Helene in the Atlantic, Thomas and Peter, the fisherman, told us it would not be a great day for hiking in Glenveagh National Park. Instead, our fearless leader gave us some alternatives for the day.
Plan B was to have a full day at leisure or shopping in Donegal. Plan C was to hire a car and driver to visit the Sliabh Liag Cliffs, sometimes called Slieve League or Slieve Liag, We opted for Plan C and at 10:00 we met Christian and Barbara from our group and Charlie our driver for a half day excursion.
We drove to Killybegs, Ireland’s primary fishing port. Charlie told us about the village and the fishing industry. As Peter told us previously, the EU regulations have hit these fishermen hard.
The biggest ships catch, process, and freeze the fish right on board. The smaller trawlers catch the fish and then bring them to the factories in Killybegs to prepare the various seasonal fish for export.
Continuing on the narrow winding road that was a segment of the Wild Atlantic Way, we reached the Atlantic, the edge of County Donegal, and the Cliffs. Not as well known as the Cliffs of Moher, these ragged edges are three times higher at 601 meters or 1,972, feet.
Charlie parked our van at Bunglas Viewpoint and we had about an hour to explore the heather covered rocky hillsides. There was a granite pathway up to the top of the overlook. Vic and Barbara climbed 247 feet to the top while Christian and Gennie enjoyed the panoramic views at a lower vantage point.
On the way back to Donegal, we stopped for a scone and muffin for “take away” at the Ti Línn Café and Craft Shop. And then it was on to The Rusty Mackerel for a pot of tea and Irish coffee to go along with our snack.
Charlie had another appointment at 2:00 so we made our way back to the hotel, arriving at 2:30, just a little late! We had the rest of the afternoon to ourselves.
Thomas arranged dinner for us all in Donegal and we met again at the lobby at 5:30. It was raining so Richard came back from his day off and drove us into town.
As usual we were able to choose from a variety of menu items for groups. Charlie, our driver, told us that our restaurant, the Olde Castle Bar and Sea Dock, had the best lobster in town.
Gennie ordered the salmon from the regular menu and Vic ordered the lobster, for an additional charge, of course! It was well worth it. The lobster was served with a garlic butter sauce as well as a generous salad and a bowl of potatoes – enough for a family.
Richard drove us back to the hotel at 8:00 and we were able to post the journal and pack up our bags for a travel day to Derry in Northern Ireland.
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That photo of you and your fellow travelers reminded me of your kindness and how you bring joy to everyone while traveling. I love all the nice Irish sayings you posted, glad you are having fun. I never made it that far north on the Island so am so lucky to hear your stories. Enjoy the rest of your trip. I am very soon headed for Trinidad and then back to Turkey. Happy travels and much love to you both, Colleen
It's too bad that the weather isn't cooperating, but it is somewhat expected on Ireland. It might be harder to find places to go with a normal weather pattern, too. I'm home a couple days now and am really behind on my travel blog. I didn't have wifi for several days and then there is so much more to do when I'm home. I'm enjoying your postings! Thanks.
We're happy to be traveling with you in Ireland vicariously as we are traveling in a parallel universe (?) abd Holland America's Maasdam, FT. Lauderdale, FL to French Polynesia (Tahiti). We're just traversed through the Panama Canal and are currently in Golfito, Costa Rica. This may be familiar territory to you as Ireland is to us, so we're having DOUBLE SIMULTANEOUS FUN, eh? Thinking of you!
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Oh Vic I'm with you ,would have eaten the lobster, the day sounded wonderful as usual.
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