Monday, April 24, 2017

The Wild Atlantic Way.....Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail

On the west coast of Ireland is the world's longest coastal touring route with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The Wild Atlantic Way has been written about in novels and poetry, inspired artists and movie makers, and offers some of the most jaw dropping, stunning beauty anywhere. Our trip through Ireland would not be complete without a white-knuckled drive along some of the 2500 kilometers (1553 miles) of this coastal roadway.
Day one took us to Ross Castle where we walked the grounds along the Ross River, admired the mighty fortress and imagined what life must have been like back in its day.

The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Ross Castle
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Jaunting Car
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail


The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail

The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail


The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail


Next we ventured out onto the Ring Of Kerry part of the coastline where we spotted lovely waterfalls, scenic vistas and mountains. We made our way to the town of Dingle for the night where we enjoyed a waterfront view from our lovely B&B.
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Our B&B
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Dog at our B&B
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Day two of The Wild Atlantic Way was the most jaw dropping as we took in some of the most spectacular scenery we have ever seen. We stopped along the way to snap many photos and take in a few historic sites too. From historic forts, ancient beehive shaped dwellings, a settlement of the first Celtics to Ireland, and huts that housed people during the Great Potato Famine. We learned much about the country and its people.
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Minard Castle
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
We stopped for lunch at an oceanfront café and sat outside enjoying the view. Unusual for Ireland is a warm day with bright sunshine that lasts for more than a few minutes. But mother nature was cooperating with us as we basked in the spring-like temperatures and sunlight.
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Wherever there is such beauty there surely will be filmmakers looking to shoot a movie there. One of the more famous movies filmed on The Wild Atlantic Way is Star Wars: The Force Awakens and there are signs around to prove it. Other movies include: Harry Potter and  the Half Blood Prince,  Ryan's Daughter, Marley and Me, and The Princess Bride just to name a few.
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Today we first stopped at Bunratty Castle and Folk Village to get a glimpse into Ireland's past. Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. It was certainly a challenge to climb it's extremely narrow, winding, uneven staircases from it's dungeon up onto it's rooftop towers. The we strolled through the many recreated buildings of what life was life throughout the ages in Ireland.
Bunratty Castle
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Traveler's Wagons
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
Water Wheel powered grain mill
Next we drove over to The Cliffs Of Moher since everyone we met along the way said we MUST see this place. Once again the weather held out for us despite a few threatening storm clouds that passed by. First we had to park and then trudge up hill to a tower for a great view overlooking the cliffs. Then off we went walking uphill and over some rough terrain for other views of the spectacular coastline.
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo Trail
This was a different experience!
Tired from a long day of walking up stairs, hiking up hills and enjoying the beauty of Ireland we settled in for the night in our B&B in Galway. Tomorrow we'll head out to explore this city before making our way back towards Dublin for our house sit in Howth (hoe-th). Considered one of the most expensive areas of the city our temporary home there will be overlooking the ocean. Such a rough life we live as house sitters, living free around the world.....along the gringo trail.


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