November 21

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.

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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.

 Dogs stay close to the owner's shop

Dogs stay close to the owner's shop

 Evening sunset

Evening sunset

 Ended the day at Talbots Pub, Belmullet

Ended the day at Talbots Pub, Belmullet