Friday, August 23, 2013

A Leisurely Sunday (Monday) Drive in Ireland

Monday and Tuesday, Sheila and Graham took us on a mega tour of southwestern Ireland. Mercifully, they did all of the driving, so they get first picture.

The goal was to avoid the tourists -- and the tour buses -- which meant harrowing narrowing and twisty roads that made the ones outside of Skradrin, Croatia look like highways in comparison. I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of blind, one-lane roads with crazy European drivers speeding at you suddenly from the other direction, all the while trying to process being on the left side. I will never again call a road in the U.S narrow. And these hazards don't even include the sheep -- or, as happened to us at one point, taking a wrong turn and ending up on an even smaller and unnamed road along the coast. These pictures don't do it justice. It's hard to stop for a picture on a blind narrow curve surrounded by tall hedges or mountain pass cliffs.

The payoff, however, was some incredible and unmolested scenery.

At one point, we thought we had brilliantly stumbled onto a Tim Hortons,

but the place only sold TH coffee. We did find the best-ever view at a tea house, though.

Here's a sampling.


  1. Ok, where's the commentary from Kansas? That's what I've been holding out for all year.

  2. Looks incredible! What up with the sheep though?