ireland road trip: galway to sligo
After staying the night in a rented cottage in Kinvarra, County Galway, we packed up and set off on the fourth day of our Irish road trip bright and early, hoping to make our way into the city of Galway itself before the day's commuter traffic began to build up. We had a lot of ground to cover, and the journey was divided into three chunks: Galway for breakfast, Kylemore Abbey around lunchtime, then County Sligo by dinner to meet the workaway hosts whose farm our friends had been volunteering on for the month of April.
breakfast in galway
Before hitting the road toward County Sligo, we stopped in Galway for food and caffeine. We popped into 56 Central, a café/restaurant with an eclectic vibe and great breakfast options. After a hearty meal, we were ready to set off on the day's journey.
lough inagh, connemara
Our driving route took us through the heart of Connemara, a rugged landscape on the west coast of Ireland and one of the most westerly points in all of Europe.
If you find yourself traveling to County Galway, definitely add Kylemore Abbey to your list. A Benedictine monastery founded in 1920, the abbey was originally built as the castle and private home of Mitchell Henry and his family. Boasting all the innovations of the modern age, Henry's estate was built to showcase what would be achieved in the wilds of Connemara.
chasing the sunset
After a thwarted attempt to have dinner at the Beach Bar in Easky (I guess we'll just have to go back someday), we raced up to catch the sunset from an abandoned building on the property where our friends had been volunteering. Despite delays due to unforeseen road blocks (read: cows), we made it just in time to see the sun dip below the horizon and cast a brilliant orange glow across the sky.
We finished the evening with a pint at the local pub, swapping stories and jests with the other patrons, who all happened to be 60+ year old Irish farmers. Back at the farm, we rolled into bed quite exhausted, looking forward to a slower morning to come and the penultimate day of our Irish road trip.