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Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Day One Superb

rain 9 °C
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Leaving Kinsale, on our last night we saw a magnificent sight as a meteor flared across the water, trailing a blue/green light, moving at high speed in front of us. Unbelievable, we all made a wish.

For the next few weeks, my sister, Dawn is travelling in the van with me as we head from Southern Ireland to Northern Ireland along the Irish west coast - known as the Wild Atlantic Way.

Arrived at Timoleague, Sextons Campsite in the blustery wind and sideways rain. Here for two nights.

Lovely Margaret came driving 200 yards in her new VW soft-top Beetle to collect our site fees and provided us with lots of travel tips and maps.

A very wet start to our first day, so we decided to sight seeing in Ela the camper. We headed off to see an outstanding view at Galley Head and Drombeg stone circle, over 3000 years old at Glandore.

But as we are driving along of course upon reaching a magnificent beach we just had to stop, so our first stop was Red Strand Beach with wild Atlantic waves, brilliant and then onto Galley Head. Fingers of rock reaching out to sea and waves crashing into the rocky cliffs. The Lighthouse was out of bounds but we walked along the headland. We could see that the battle between land and sea was being won by the sea with the cliffs eroding away into long fingers and caves being eroded into the strong rock face.

We saw a seal in the water at Galley Head - see photos. We then moved on and came across a wonderful lunch stop right on the beach, the Fish Basket, not much more than a shack, what a find, Dawn says 'shall we stop' but of course there was no question we were stopping. Fresh fish dishes all very lovely, I had crab and Dawn had fishcakes, we sat next to the stove fire. We walked along the beach here too, with crashing waves again, Long Strand Beach.

Last visit of the day was Drombeg Stone Circle, with its visible dwellings and stones dating back to the Bronze Age, quite humbling. We left a coin in the centre of the stone circle and made our second wish in two days.

Posted by tjcampergirl 11:18 Archived in Ireland Tagged food beach waves seal wildatlanticway

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