Explorer Beastie at Glengesh Pass, Donegal - CrawCrafts Beasties

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!