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What a Whirlwind on the Wild Atlantic Way!

Dunguire Castle, Galway, Ireland

The tide is out beside the lovely seaside village of Kinvara’s Dunguire Castle, Galway, Ireland.

What a whirlwind on the Wild Atlantic Way!

A 3-day PaddyWagon tour along part of the new Wild Atlantic Way last week means I’ve some lovely photos to share with you this Instagram Travel Thursday. We visited counties Galway, Clare, and Kerry, and the visits were a whirlwind as there was much ground to cover.

The weather the first day was just glorious. Our stops that day were mainly in counties Galway & Clare, and included the Cliffs of Moher before we headed into county Kerry for the night.

Along the way, our font-of-information driver/guide Mike stopped at a spot in Clare when he saw some adorable baby donkeys. The donkey family was very friendly, and this youngster even wanted to scale the wall to check us for carrots πŸ™‚ I’ve a video of them on my Instagram account.

Young donkey wants to get closer! Any carrots? clare, Ireland

Young donkey wants to get closer! Any carrots? County Clare, Ireland

The close of our first evening was just glorious, the clouds beautiful even before the sunset turned everything a heartwarming orange. I got some decent snaps from the moving bus window- well done Samsung Note.

I’ll have a posts for you on the other sites we saw along the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as the pros & cons of doing a PaddyWagon tour. Until then, there are a few more photos below to whet your appetite for the gorgeous Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland.

As well as the PaddyWagon tour ( which was compliments of Paddywagon and Daytoursworld,) I was at a travel conference in Dublin (TBEX) and met lots of other travel bloggers & some Β #IGTravelThursday instagrammers, like Satu.Β A great group; do join in with us if you instagram or blog!

TIP:These are the signs for the Wild Atlantic Way, so keep your eye out for them on your travels.

Wild Atlantic Way sign

Signs of the Wild Atlantic Way ( frm journal.ie)

Sunset over county Kerry, Ireland. From the Paddywagon bus window!

Sunset over county Kerry, Ireland. From the Paddywagon bus window!

Minard Castle, Kerry, Ireland

Minard Castle, Kerry, Ireland. Did you know the saying is that when gorse is out of flower, kissing is out of fashion? IE, it is usually in flower somewhere all year πŸ™‚

Great meat at Dingle Food festival!
Great meat at Dingle Food Festival! This young man was lots of fun to chat with & the Irish chorizo was FAB!

Rainbow at the journey's end. Harvested hayfield, Ireland
Rainbow at the journey’s end. Harvested hayfield, Ireland

 

 

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Reeta @houseofanais

So pretty everywhere, I really want to tour Ireland with our family. When we are ready to go I must ask you for recommendations for places to see!

Definitely, Reeta! Ask away whenever you like, & if i don’t know I’ll try to find out πŸ™‚

Absolutely gorgeous images, Galway, Clare, and Kerry are some of my favourite counties here although I have to admit I’ve now fallen in love with Sligo, Antrim & Derry too… πŸ™‚ I want to come back next summer and explore the wild atlantic way properly, I’ve seen parts of it but would like to make a longer trip out of it. And greetings from Sligo by the way, we’re still enjoying our travels here in Ireland, Galway is the next stop. And, it was so lovely to meet you in Dublin, I definitely have to come and see Kilkenny & the surroundings soon!

Thanks, Satu! I think Terry & I will plan a Wild Atlantic Way trip for late Spring 2014- so beautiful. One of the stops I want to do in Galway is Brigit’s Garden http://www.brigitsgarden.ie/ if you are near it, call by. It looks fab & they’ve things for children to enjoy. Have fun on the rest of your visit!

I think the donkey is the cutest thing. I’m so glad you got to meet Satu and Katja in Ireland.

Tbex was great, so busy tho’ was hard to meet everyone! And those donkeys- loved how friendly they were πŸ™‚

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