Coast to Coast

Hey there everybody! It’s great to be back after our little blogging break – and Explorer Beastie and I even had time to squeeze in a quick adventure while we were away! On Saturday, we took a trip right across the top of the island of Ireland to spend an afternoon in the beautiful rugged countryside around Glencolmcille in Co. Donegal.

Of course, when you find yourself out that way, it’s impossible not to stop at Nancy’s pub in Ardara for a tasty lunch. You’ll have to go a long way to find better fish dishes, and washing it down with a glass of their farmhouse cider is a must! I would have photographed my food for you all to enjoy, but I fell upon it like a pack of ravenous wolves… So here’s Explorer Beastie enjoying the cosy ambience instead.
Beastie Lunch Break at Nancy's, Ardara - CrawCrafts Beasties
Feeling pleasantly full, it was time to continue our journey… Next stop Glencolmcille! Although we did have to take a quick pause along the way to enjoy the dramatic landscape at Glengesh Pass…
Glengesh Pass, Donegal - CrawCrafts Beasties…And to let Explorer Beastie stretch his legs by climbing all over the signpost.
Glengesh Pass Sign Climbing - CrawCrafts Beasties

Then, back in the car…
On the Road to Glencolmcille - CrawCrafts Beasties… We watched the scenery zip by the window, and the sheep-spotting really began in earnest!
Sheep and Scenery - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd once we arrived in Glencolmcille, Explorer Beastie decided to hitch a ride in a slightly more rustic mode of transport!
Beastie Barrow! CrawCrafts BeastiesWe had high hopes of exploring the Glencolmcille Folk Village, but we’d arrived a little too late to be able to take a proper look around before closing time. We were still able to take a peek over the wall though, and it’s going on the to-do list for our next visit!
Glencolmcille Folk Village - CrawCrafts Beasties

And hey, what’s that over there?
Travelling by Map - CrawCrafts BeastiesLooks like Explorer Beastie has found a quicker way to travel around Ireland in a day.

“I can see our house from here!”

He also spotted some more woolly friends from his lofty perch. So, we had to go and take a closer look!
Sheep at Glencolmcille - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd is that a beach I spy in the distance?
Beach Beasties! CrawCrafts BeastiesWhy yes, yes it is! That would be a perfect place to wrap up our day trip, don’t you think?
On Glencolmcille Beach - CrawCrafts BeastiesNot too bad at all.

“Aaah, this is the life!”
Relaxing on Glencolmcille Beach - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd after a quick game of hide and seek in the long dune grass …
Beastie Hide and Seek - CrawCrafts Beasties… Maybe it’s time for a paddle?
Paddling on Glencolmcille Beach - CrawCrafts BeastiesVery refreshing!

And then, with one last look back at the cliffs in the distance (we’ll definitely have to tackle those on a future trip too)…
Last Look at Glencolmcille Beach - CrawCrafts Beasties… It was time to head back home!

Have your summer wanderings taken you anywhere interesting lately? Be sure to tell us all about it in the comments! And we’ll be back on Friday with a whole family of new Beasties to share. See you then!

18 thoughts on “Coast to Coast

    1. Thanks Mariss! He’s certainly been getting plenty of trips in this summer. Cheers for joining us on our latest adventure!

  1. Ah man, if we had made it up to Donegal, I had wanted to go to Glencolmcille. Now you’re making me regret that choice (plus, the whole Cork thing adds to the regret). If only I could have crossed Ireland as easily as EB. Still, despite the envy/regret you’ve induced with this post, what amazing photos, and it looks like you had fabulous weather (EB seems to have managed to stay upright this time around).

    1. Yes, we were very lucky… No Beastie-flattening breezes or almost-lost backpacks this time around! And don’t worry, you can always hit up Glencolmcille on your next trip. I’m pretty sure Ed Sheeran won’t be playing THERE! πŸ˜‚

  2. Just splendid! Nancy’s in Ardara sounds like the place to be, and those landscapes are beautiful. Ireland is so inspiring! (and there is something so peaceful about happening upon sheep hanging out). What a treat to have the day end at a beach, too. Thanks for sharing these lovely sights!

    1. Thanks for joining us, Shirley! We did have a just lovely day out, and that wild scenery is refreshing even when you live on this island all the time. Plus you can’t beat a day at the beach! Cheers for stopping in! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I never get tired of it… Especially those big skies! Cheers for dropping by πŸ˜€

  3. Gorgeous photos! It looks like a charming day trip indeed. What a funky signpost, perfect for Beastie climbing! Was the beach warm or chilly? Mmmmm now I’m craving some Nancy-esque vittles… Thanks for more envy-inducing images of your lovely isle πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Weekes… The weather really did put on a great show for us, didn’t it? I couldn’t stop staring at the beautiful skies! There was a bit of a stiff breeze on the beach though, so I was glad I wasn’t trying to top up my tan (or, let’s be honest, actually get one πŸ˜†)! Cheers for joining us on the road πŸ˜€

      1. Hahah I feel ya…. about to make it through another hot summer whilst managing to retain my sickly, ghostly pallor that enables me to fit in nicely over here! Thanks again for another fun and engaging post πŸ™‚

        1. Nothing wrong with a nice ghostly pallor… I’ve been rocking that look since I realised that even hours of sun exposure can only ever leave me a fetching shade of beige! That said, this summer’s extreme sunniness has left me with *gasp* a watch mark on my wrist! 😱

  4. You need to pause and put down your fork between bites. Perhaps ponder the meaning of life and the universe…then maybe we can see photos of your food next time – ha! Fun post and I love the Beastie photoshoot! Glad Explorer Beastie found a faster travel route πŸ™‚

    1. Apparently I do! πŸ˜‚ But I challenge anyone to resist the lure of a dinner like that. It’s lucky I don’t live in Ardara, or I’d be in Nancy’s every day! Thanks for joining us on our road trip, Tierney πŸ˜€

      1. I got to chat with Michele on the phone about her trip to Ireland and thanks again for making time to meet up with my friend – she thought you were very awesome (as I knew you would be!) πŸ™‚

        1. Yaaaay! It was so much fun to meet Michele and Blair… I can’t believe how long ago that was already! I hope they enjoyed the rest of their trip. You’ll have to come over next! πŸ˜€

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