We didn't buy much, the obligatory distillers reserve Whiskey at Bushmills for Gordon (no photos allowed there!) And I've been wanting a tea cosy for our stainless steel teapot for a while (since I saw Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl make her own). I couldn't resist this fox by The Ulster Weaver's as it reminded us of how Charly our Jack Russell curls up to sleep! Oh there was a stop at Ikea where I bought a whole bolt of fabric but that's for another day! Google maps says you can do our route in 16 hours - we took a good few days to wander around and enjoy the scenery.
Poulnabrone Dolmen (megalithic burial site - older than Newgrange, Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids!)
Croagh Patrick in Wesport, where we made our base to explore Achill Island and down into Connemara.
No chance of an indulgence from the Pope for climbing it in October!
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Galway. Originally a castle built by Mitchell Henry, then a boarding school and now an Abbey with an open house and gardens. Even in October, flowers blooming and some creative pieces along the walks - gotta love these sheep!
Our last destination on the trip was the Giant's Causeway in Co. Antrim right at the top of Northern Ireland. This was amazing!
My version of a selfie, shadow on those hexagon rocks! Legend has it that the Giant living in the causeway challenged a Giant across the way in Scotland and the causeway was built so they could meet and fight. The Scottish giant was huge so the Irish giant pretended to be a baby in a cradle. The Scottish giant figured if that is the size of the baby he didn't want to see the father and broke up the causeway on his way home to separate the two again. Volcanic activity and crystalline cooling is the actuality but I like the story better!