During our 2008 travels through Europe, we fled the heat and crowds of high summer by heading north to Ireland. We explored the rural western side of the country from bottom to top, hiking and driving along beautiful rocky peninsulas, spending a few days on a windswept limestone island in the North Atlantic, and working at a country inn in the northwestern county of Donegal.   

When we visited

July to August 2008

Major stops

Skibbereen, Tralee, Dingle, Inishmaan, Kilfenora, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Dublin

Memorable Moment

Getting lost for hours in a maze of stone-walled sheep pastures under a bright sun with no water or hats (or GPS) because we were only going out for a short stroll

Did you know?

Many surnames in Ireland start with Mac/Mc or O. Mac means "son of" (or sometimes “under the chiefdom of”) in Gaelic, and O means “descendant of.”

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