The main destination for our visit to the Republic of Ireland was the intention to drive from Donegal, through Sligo to Mayo and head for Achill Island in the hire car. Getting up early and driving down the west coast we stopped off for a second breakfast around 11:00 am at the Topaz garage in Castlebar, Co Mayo, which does a great value hot buffet with a selection of sausages, eggs, bacon, chips etc along with petrol and diesel sales. 4 large tasty sausages in a paper bag for around 1:25 Euro. Magic.
This is Bob R on Croaghaun summit ridge, at 688 metres, 2257 feet, the highest sea cliffs not only in the Republic but in the UK and the 3rd highest sea cliffs in all of Europe.
Like Scotland, most of Ireland's mountains start close to sea level so you climb the full height of the mountain but in this instance we had the help of a minor road leading up to Lough Acorrymore and the adjacent dam which saved us a couple of hundred feet off the start. As it was 1:00pm by the time we arrived we immediately booted up and set off.
I looked at a few serious academic accounts of this woman but this link was definitely the funniest and most colourful while still getting the story across. Worth a read. Incredible woman for that time. Some swearing but full of verve. Would not be surprised if she was the main inspiration for Keira K's character in Pirates of the Caribbean and a similar female character in Game of Thrones, which is of course partly filmed in Ireland.
I first heard of Clew Bay and its many islands on " Coast" so for those that missed it here it is again.