The Atlantic Drive also leads along the south coast of the Corraun Peninsual which is found between Achill Island and the mainland. From here, you have fantastic views on Kildownet Castle on Achill Island and on the mountains including the “holy mountain” Croagh Patrick on the other side of the Clew Bay.
This little tower house is found on the shore of Achill Island. It was build in the early 15th century and used by the pirate queen Grace O’Malley. You can visit the ruins (for free), but there’s not too much to see. Only the ground floor is accessible, the other floors are missing. However it’s a nice setting, as well from Achill Island as from Corraun Peninsula at the other side of the sea. And if you take the Atlantic Drive (which you definitely should!), you won’t miss it!
Achill Island (the biggest island of Ireland) and especially the south coast there is absolutely worth a visit! The so-called Atlantic Drive leads along a rugged coast which looks great with its waves and spume if it’s windy. It was so fantastic that we went there again the next morning. The sea was more calm, but it’s still a beautiful sight and we enjoyed a short walk on the meadow, regardless of all those sheep droppings! There are only a view parkings, so walking is a good idea!
This trip lasts about an hour and a half. If I recall correctly there are two or three sailings daily, during the summer season. I can't remember the exact cost but I don't think it was expensive.
The trip provides a unique view of Ashford Castle from Loch Corrib. The boat then takes you to an island where you can see the ruins of two of the oldest churches in Ireland . There is also the grave and headstone of St Patrick's nephew.
The boat is large enough to walk around and has a bar. The Captain and crew are helpful and very knowledgable of the history.
The path up to this 800 meter mountain is really steep and scary at some places. It only consists of rocks and when it get steep it looks really dangerous. Bring a stick, it's a good thing to have - especially one on the way down to avoid sliding down!!
I had to give up half way unfortunately because the path was getting too steep and scary. But the view of Clew Bay from there was fantastic! It must be even better to get to the top and see it from there!
People who are fit will need 2 hours to climb it, the record for going up and down, however, is 44 minutes!!!
The piece of art by John Behan is called "Coffin Ship". It is an impressive monument showing a ship full of skeletons - a symbol to remember all the people who died on the ships to America when they wanted to escape Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century. The monument was unveiled in 1997to mark the 150th anniversary of the famine.
One unique thing about it is that about one and a quarter million pilgrims come to Knock each year, not only within Ireland but also across the globe! It's a very beautiful place...a place where you can experience pilgrimage yourself.
What does a pilgrim find at Knock? A chance to pray, a chance to relax, a chance to find peace. The devotions that have developed in the course of one hundred years are guaranteed to touch the soul.
It all start on the 21st of August, 1879, when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This Apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous occurance Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine. The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the Apparition, inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine and endorsed the indelible seal of Vatican approval. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. Since then, pilgrims after pilgrims flock to this Shrine annually...
We found this little Famine memorial next to the road on the way to Louisburgh. Actually we only found it because there was a little chapter about it in our favourite travel book "Mc Carthy's Bar"! See my Killary Harbour travelogue for what was written in the book.
Killary Harbour is a lovely fjord between Connemara and the coast. Boats on it give you seasickness guarantee. If you get sick you get your money back.... oh well, they are pretty safe I guess. When we were there there wasn't even the smallest wave!
Ireland still has enough space to get away from the street lights and other light sources that spoil a good sunset - Don't miss out
On the biking tour I took 5 years ago, we stayed near Croaigh Patrick and had the option of climbing the mountain. I went partway up (to the monument) and took a picture.
The Doo Lough pass is quite harmless compared to those in County Kerry or Cork, but nevertheless it offers you some nice views. The mountains with the lake Doo Lough in-between look beautiful!
Castlebar Street, Westport, Ireland
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Lannagh Road, Castlebar, Western Ireland, Ireland
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