Lets start from the beginning…

With all of my flights and majority of accommodation booked, I took my two week gap between finishing up work and my first flight to get a small taste of the back yard. This weekend, after a good catch up with some friends over pizza, a small gang of us headed down to Clare to see Father Ted’s house.

Thanks to Ashna, we were loaded with faces of Fr. Ted, Fr. Dougal, Fr. Jack and Mrs. Doyle for some snaps outside of the parochial house. We didn’t get a glimpse inside but got a chance to see some of the countryside!

Fr. Teds House                        Alan, Ashna, Dorothy and Joe                      Joe, Ashna, Zita, Alan and Dorothy

On our way back to Galway, we stopped in at Dungaire Castle in Kinvarra. This castle is perched beautifully on the southeastern shore over-looking Galway Bay.

Dunguire Castle                            Kinvara

On Monday, myself and Alan booked on to a Lally Tour to go see the Cliffs of Moher. This tour includes a trip to the Ailwee caves, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Dungaire Castle and a gorgeous drive along the coast road.

When we arrived at the Ailwee Caves, we were given a 35 min tour through the public cave and shown some of the main natural displays. We were blown away with the vast caverns, waterfalls and natural formations.

Ailwee Caves 3    Ailwee Caves 1   Ailwee Caves 2

As with any outdoor adventure booked in Ireland, it’s always a bit of a gamble regarding the weather. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the elements were against us so the cliffs were a slight fail. We did enjoy the scenic route home though along the Coast rd. Our tour bus passed through Doolin and showed the popular surfing and windsurfing beaches. We also drove through Fenor, a super impressive area of limestone rock left from the ice ages, beach and mountains.

Coast Rd Blown Away In Fenour   Alan and Zita on the Coast Rd

Over the rest of the week, I’ll be finishing off the packing, saying final goodbyes and preparing for the first leg of my journey. Bahrain, here I come!

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