After walking along the wonderful 6+ mile beach a couple of days ago, we arrived at Fahamore and stopped to have a late lunch at Spillane’s Pub. We discovered that it was closed. A young woman who owned the Palm Road on her bicycle with her daughter . She would like some tea. So we sat down to rest for a bit. We still had 10 km to go to get to Castlegregory. She suggested that some people take a ride to Castlegory and then get a ride back in the morning to do that portion of the walk. I thought that was a wonderful idea.
We were taken to the Castle B&B which was absolutely beautiful place. That is where I did the postings about our climb over the mountain. It was so wonderful to relax for the evening.
I loved sitting around in the living room by the fireplace.
We had dinner at Pisces Restaurant where I had the most scrumptious fish curry and enjoyed talking with the couples from Chicago that we had met in Cloghane. I haven’t been photographing our meals, but I need to say that we have been eating some of the best meals I have ever had.
In the morning after a great smoked salmon (lox) omelet breakfast were driven back to Fahamore to start our walk for the day. This would be the last time we would see Dana & Bruce so I took a photo with Dana. I had to remember the guy who helped me out on the mountain.
We we started out walking on the beach again.
Looked back at the mountains.
We we could look back and see one of the Magharee Island, also known as “Seven Hogs” which were inhabited up until 1980’s Now they only serve a grazing for the livestock of several farmers. Up until recently , many would swim their cattle and sheep across to the islands at low tide, rowing alongside them in traditional Currachs or other small boats. Mary, our taxi driver, told us that there is one house left there and it can be renter. But if you are taken out there and the weather changes, you are stuck until it changes.
Sometimes we had to walk right through the seaweed,
We we also walked across grassy knolls.
Loved the rocky beach views.
When we arrived back in Castlegregory, we stopped for lunch at Mo’s Deli for a sandwich. There were two young children with their grandmother. One of them was eating the cheese sandwich with a milkshake. Another one was eating a giant piece of chocolate cake with her milkshake. I took a photo, but the grandmother asked me not to post it on the web.
After lunch we walked on a road for a while. We passed horses grazing on the beach.
Crossed the Curaheen River (which again looks like a stream).
Loved the view of the waves coming onto the beach.
Found some poppies.
Walked across fields of flowers.
Then we came back to the beach walk again.
This time we had to climb over some rocky outcrops to avoid being hit by the waves of the incoming tide.
I have done that more times than I can count on the Oregon coast. But I couldn’t help but think about what it would’ve been like trying to get by there on the rough seas day.
We came across the sculpture that I loved.
Walked by the Church of Ireland Kilgobbi after we left the beach.
Saw very old crypts on the church’s grounds.
This one was from 1835,
took more photos of weed flowers.
Then after 16.5 miles ended up back at James Ashes Pub in Camp for tea before we took a bus back to Tralee. This was one of our favorite pubs.
Mary had the great idea of asking the bus driver to let us off near the Brandon Hotel so we would be back at Greenview B&B. Our hostess, Mary, dried some items for us and we went back to the Grand Hotel where, again, I had the best crab cakes I have ever eaten. More ice-cream with butternut sauce and off to bed. Have I told you that I have ice-cream almost every day – like on the Camino – but here they almost always serve 3 scoops. Unlike the Camino I don’t think I am losing any weight.
Off to Galway tomorrow to meet up with David Moran. I am so excited about seeing him.