County Sligo, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 2019

Date: 25th June 2019

Travelled: 143 kilometres from Ballina in County Mayo to Donegal in County Donegal

Visited: Aughris Head, Sligo, Rossnowlagh and Donegal

Stayed: Donegal port car-park, free no services. N54.65135, W08.11297

Budget: 23 days @ โ‚ฌ86 per day

A very quiet evening in Ballina overnight, just the bin man about 7 am. After our coffee we take a walk down the River Moy before packing up. Paid parking starts at 0830 so itโ€™s time to go.

Continuing on the Wild Atlantic Way (N) we turn for Aughris Head, hoping it will provide a view for breakfast.

Back on the N59 itโ€™s only 15 kms on to Sligo. We know little or nothing about Sligo other than its funny name. But itโ€™s a small city and capital of County Sligo. We have the co-ordinates for a car-park in the middle of town and pay โ‚ฌ1.20 for a couple of hours parking.

Map of Sligo, the marker on the central car-park.

After a quick stop at the Tourist Office we do the city walk. The Douglas Hyde Bridge over the River Garavogue. I should mention the great Irish poet WB Yeats grew up in Sligo and is buried nearby. So there are lot of Yeats stuff about.

So we have done Sligo as best we can on a Tuesday morning and we continue on the WAW.

We stop for lunch at Streedagh Point, just a couple of kms off the WAW. It has a nice view across Donegal Bay but Pam is taken by these daisies growing wild next to our stop. We see them growing wild along the roadside, but for once we are close enough for a photo.

Great Mural.

We take the turn for Rossnowlagh. The LP describes the beach at Rossnowlagh as one of Irelands best.


Map showing Donegal in County Donegal

We arrive in Donegal and find a parking spot at the port. Itโ€™s getting late so we take off for a quick walk. The central hub of Donegal is called the Triangle, because it is.

The Church of Ireland just across the way. Itโ€™s just had a renovation and looks brilliant.

Not to be out done, St Maryโ€™s has a round tower in the best Irish tradition.

As we walk past McCaffertyโ€™s I peak in for a look. Perfect. By the time the first Guinness was settled and half drunk the place was full. Unfortunately most were Americans all talking shite as they do. Feeling mellow as we wander back to the port, a takeaway Chinese seems like a good idea and our day was done.

Michael and Pam

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