Tour of Western Ireland

 [ John Wayne 'Quiet Man' Statue, Cong 

This afternoon, I am reprising a small group tour of western Ireland.

First, we departed our lodgings in Galway and drove north to the village of Cong which is located between Loughs Corrib and Mask. Cong is a pretty village which was the setting for the 1951 John Ford movie "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Barry Fitzgerald.

Cong, County Mayo

Next we moved west, stopping for scenic shots of Loch Corrib and some penned sheep.

Lough Corrib,

Black faced sheep

Next to Leenaun and Aasleagh Falls where the Erriff River flows into Killary Lough.

Here is a video of the 'backroads' element of the trip.


 

 

Aasleagh Falls

Next we drove north through the Dhulough Pass to the small town of Louisburgh where stopped for an excellent lunch at the Derrylahan Bar & Bistro. By common agreement the Irish Coffee served there was exceptional.

Here is a video clip of the start of the drive through the Dhulough Pass.


 

Louisburgh

Louisburgh

Next, on through Westport to our final destination of Sligo, County Sligo, where we checked into our hotel and then went out to explore the town which benefits from many shops and restaurants.

The Garavogue River at Sligo,

Today was unusual in that we experienced no rain.

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