the adventure continues:- the Connemara Loop continuum, Diamond Hill and Clifden is calling…………..

Sitting watching the sunset at Kylemore Abbey by the loch was just stunning. The cloud cover was ominous and the blue peering through created this amazing colour sky. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful this planet really is. The further you go, the further you want to go as the amazement continues. Sitting here in the cool dusk I ponder this thought and begin to speculate whats next on this fabulous journey.

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Dinner at Guy’s Bar in Clifden was great to say the least. Traditional hearty food with a sensational French red in a little booth. We talked about the day and what we wanted to do tomorrow, laughed and spoke French as much a possible with my very limited vocabulary. I have decided it is a good thing to learn another language and now the motivation is high 🙂

We were staying at a little B&B just a few minutes out of town called All the Twos. Maureen was truly lovely, the rooms are large and very reasonably priced. The beds are soooooo good, you could sleep for days.

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Breakfast the next morning was a huge affair with Karine and I both eating very large portions of porridge and then a full hot english breakfast each. We double checked our plans and we were off. We headed straight back up through Letterfrack and stopped at the Connemara National Park.

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The  weather was a little dubious to say the least so we decided to go for a walk…….this ended up being a sold 6.2 km hike to the summit of Diamond Hill and back. The views were again incredible. Sometimes finding the right words without sounding boring is sometimes difficult as this place is breathtaking.

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Now with a healthy appetite and the need to sit and relax we drove through a few little villages and stumbled across this great little pub. The food was like 1980’s pub food, there was no gastro-cuisine within 20 kms of this place. Deep fried carb loading worked to regenerate our energy and we were off again. The Smithwick’s beer helped a lot to by the way 🙂

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Deciding to head back to Salthill a little early was a wonderful choice as we were both a little tired and wanted to just sit for a while. Our trick was to head back to where we stayed, head into the bar for a drink and use their Wi-Fi to book a room for the night on www.bookings.com, and then walk into reception and check-in. It worked a charm for four nights and no we didn’t get caught out. We loved it……travel to the west of Ireland in the off season and accom is so so cheap its worth missing out on a few things being open.

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