Days 5-6 // Donegal, Galway, & Doolin

donegal, galway, & doolin // a thousand threads
Our days spent driving the west coast of Ireland were without a doubt some of the most breathtaking I’ve experienced.

From the deep blues and greens of the Slieve League Cliffs to the vast expanse of The Burren, and warm, cozy towns in between… this little piece of the world felt like heaven, especially as we all began to sink into the ease of vacation that sets in slowly, sometime after the rabid excitement of the first few days has its fill.

Somewhere along the way I melted my curling iron and lost my brush and my laptop cord — but, at least at this moment, I didn’t care a bit…

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In Donegal we were fortunate enough to experience our first gorgeous breakfast at an Irish B&B — and it was even better than I’d remembered. So good that I’d be willing to bet that at least three of those five pounds I brought home are made up of homemade scones and brown bread with jam.

Funny enough, most of the sights we planned to see along the way didn’t pan out (The Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands) due to bad rain, wind, and fog that wouldn’t quit. But the sights we did see made up for any loss.

The Burren is one of the most strangely beautiful expanses I’ve ever seen, and the Slieve League Cliffs are truly beyond compare.

Our days spent on the west coast were more suited to quiet moments and long, restful naps, lulled to sleep by the soft rain outside.

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The Slieve League Cliffs
The drive from Donegal is a bit of a trek, but so very worth it. If it’s a pretty day, take a picnic with you and take advantage of the tables at the top.

The Burren
Don’t miss the Burren. The vast, gorgeous, rocky coast is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

The Roadford House
We had a really beautiful meal at The Roadford House — definitely the place to go if you’re staying in Doolin for a night.

Rush hour in Galway
Plan ahead, because the traffic in Galway can be ca-razy. We found ourselves rushing to check into our hotel and run straight back out for a dinner reservation we nearly missed.

This restaurant and the folks who run it are so wonderful and Mark and I truly loved our experience. The tasting menu, which culminated in a filet of pigeon, opened our minds and expanded our palettes. For us, Aniar was truly worth the trip.

That said, they were good sports, but the creativity was a little lost on most of the rest of our party. Was it delicious? Yes. Was it entirely appropriate for this crew… no, maybe not. So use your best judgement on this one — but know that if you do decide to go, everything you taste will blow your mind. Even, especially, the pigeon.

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  1. Posted September 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Ireland has to be one of my favorite places. It’s so gorgeous! This post is making me miss it so much.

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