Headed out today to explore the west area of County Mayo. First stop was Ballycroy National Park. Lovely for weekend walkers- gravel and wood paths. Personally, I was interested in something a little more rugged so headed back to the car and continued south on the Wild Atlantic Way. ( I have to pause here for a moment and tell you about this wonderful roadway experience. It is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world, stretching from Donegal to Cork with 180 discovery points). I just follow the signs and end up with a stunning view every time.
Heading south drove through peat bogs of ochres, rusts and Van Dyck browns. Then the road started to wind its way up a hill-stacked rocked walls appeared with gnarly trees. I thought I had entered the land of the wee people. Saw on the water's edge, a marsh. but appeared to be moss rather than grass? I asked a few Irish folks at the Center- what is this ground surface? Everyone agreed it was a golf course for fairies.
Made it to a bar in Mulranny. Cheese sandwich (made their way: grated cheese, mayo and butter on whole wheat) with a cup of tea. Enjoyed a chat with a gentleman at the bar and his lady friend. Seems he was a rather good musician at one time. Had songs on the radio.
Headed back up N59 to Belmullet for the evening. Had a lovely stay at Drom Caion Bed and Breakfast. Walked the streets and then returned later for dinner.