Alas, poor Explorer Beastie! He doesn’t get out nearly as much as he’d like. So last week, when an opportunity for a bit of an adventure in Ireland’s wild north west presented itself, it was all I could do to stop him from sleeping in the car the night before.
Ready? Off we go!
Because this is such a small island, we soon felt like we had left the city far behind…
… And of course, it wasn’t long before all this fresh air gave us a bit of an appetite. Time for a pitstop – and that most important meal, Third Breakfast.
YUM! We also had a chance to hang out with some of the locals…
… And sign the visitors’ book!
Tempting as it was to stick around for dinner, there was exploring to be done! We piled back into the car, cranked up the cheesy 90s dance music to 11 and made for the coast. Next stop, Five Finger Strand!
Nice to feel the sand under your paws, Explorer Beastie? Thought so!
There’s plenty to do here – look for bird tracks, clamber over driftwood, hide in the grass… And the view’s not too shabby either!
In fact, it would all make a Beastie feel very small and insignificant… Well, if he wasn’t busy photobombing all my pictures.
As the daylight started to fade, we took the high road away from Five Finger Strand… and stopped on the side of the road to get a different perspective of the beach and the surrounding countryside.
How cool is that isolated little church?
Next stop, Ireland’s northernmost point – Malin Head!
Buuuuut in keeping with the coastal theme, we’re going to leave this post as a cliffhanger! Part two will be coming your way this time next week, AND there’s a marine-themed new Beastie for you to meet on Tuesday too!
Are any of you hitting the road this weekend? Tell us all about it in the comments!
FYI – We got our delicious fry-up in Café Donagh, Carndonagh… Highly recommended if you’re planning a hectic day of Donegal-based exploring and/or Beastie-wrangling. This quirky little café serves generous breakfasts all day long, and I have it on good authority that their coffee is excellent too!
33 thoughts on “Roooooad Triiiiiip!”
I love Explorer Beastie 🙂
Thanks Patricia! He’s an excellent travel companion 😀
What a fun and scenic and tasty trip! Although after eating both those plates full of fried goodness, I worry that the northern end of the island may have tilted a bit under Explorer Beastie’s weight.
Huh? Both those plates were for me! 😜
Well, apart from the eggs. I let him take care of those for me, because I’m nice like that/really repelled by the texture of fried eggs.
I hate them undercooked…it’s like being handed a plate of snot.
Bleuurgh! Don’t get me wrong though, I love eggs… It’s just a case of mixing them with a bunch of other things so you can’t really taste them, as in an omelette. Or a cake. 😀
If chickens would only lay cupcakes and save us a step!
YES! Oh, if only I’d paid more attention in biology class…
Thanks! It was a fun day out! 😀
I love that little adventure. Good ol’ explorer beastie! 😊
Thanks! Yes, it’s really been too long since the pair of us had a chance to discover somewhere new!
I can safely day the same too!
Treat yourself to a holiday immediately… Even if it’s just going somewhere near you that you don’t normally visit!
I would like to…
Art galleries are great for that, actually. When I visit one, I tell myself all the way there that I don’t have time, and I’ll only stick my nose in for a few minutes, but once I get inside I will stay for hours, and feel so relaxed afterwards. Even if the art doesn’t grab me that day, I just love walking around the buildings!
I’ve never thought about that but it’s so true! 😊
That looks to have been a fun trip out.
It was! I don’t drive, so it was great to get a lift to these far-flung places! Thanks for joining us 😀
Wonderful coastal adventure with Explorer beastie! Looks like a wonderful time. 90s dance is my all-time *favourite* road-tripping soundtrack. 🙂 And 3rd breakfast is one of my favourite breakfasts. 😉 What a cool little church, too, and beautiful coastline. I have always wanted to visit Ireland. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous snapshots.
Hahaha! It’s nice to know someone else out there shares my sometimes-eyebrow-raising musical taste and hobbit-like dining habits! Thanks for joining us on the road… And definitely consider a visit sometime. You’ll be surprised how much cool stuff we’ve managed to cram onto this tiny island!
What a lovely trip!
Thanks Lu, it was so much fun!
I can imagine that!
Do I detect an extended smile on Explorer Beastie’s face as he eyes his third breakfast? Fabulous beaches in that part of Ireland…..and all so empty! A great place for Beasties to chill out (possibly in more ways than one).
Quite possibly! He’s nearly as fond of a fry as I am 😀 And it was certainly a bit chilly that day… There was no question of us wanting to paddle in the sea to cool off!
You were right… Now I’m waiting for your next post… ❤❤❤
Glad you liked it 😀 It was a nice break for me too!