... Desi proved to be a larger than life character. When the guys returned to camp, Desi provided the transport, organised our washing, and somehow organised food courtesy of The Rusty Mackerel https://therustymackerel.com. It has to be said that the food was excellent ( we were to continue frequenting the bar over the next few … Continue reading 31/5 – Continued …
Well, the day could have started better. We packed wet tents in the rain, and left Aughris Head in steady drizzle. It was a grey dour day, and barely a word was spoken until we reached Inishmurray. The only vaguely interesting thing that happened during the three hour crossing was discovering Dave's rudder wasn't working. … Continue reading 31/5 Day 41 – Clouds, Silver Linings, and ‘Yer Man Desi’
Ballycastle to Aughris Point, with detour, 53km Having pondered the forecasts, like everyone else who's been here, we reckoned a weather window might allow us to do the direct hop to Rathlin o'byrne. So we got on the water at 4, and passed the amazing Downpatrick Head at first light. At first a calm light … Continue reading 29/5-Day 39- The long hop or the other way round?
Kilcommon to Ballycastle - 44kms That's now four, two day weather breaks we've taken during this trip. Yet again we have been fortunate in our choice of stopover places. Betty at Kilcommon Lodge Holiday Hostel couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Washing, showers, breakfast and evening meals all catered for. All we had to … Continue reading 28/5 Day 38 – Kid, Stags and a Pig
From snail city at Claggan Point, we headed up to Belmullet, and through a short canal. It was a grey dismal kind of day. With the wind on our back, we made relatively quick progress through Broadhaven, to our destination of Pulathomas, where we had accommodation in a hostel booked. It felt a bit early … Continue reading 25/5 Day 35 – Running from the wind
CLARE Island to Belmullet, Claggan Island-46km A dampish morning and a change in the air. This wind thing from the WEST? We've had a good few days of favourable winds so time to dig a little deeper.. except it was pretty calm, an oily swell seeing us across to Achillbeg and a scoot up the … Continue reading 24/5- Day 34- From Clare to here
Inishkeeragh to Clare Island - 54kms After the sunshine of the last few days the monochrome world we woke up to today was quite a shock. Our kayaks and paddling gear were the only things adding colour to an otherwise dreach morning. The rain had been coming down steadily most of the night and it … Continue reading 23/5 Day 33 – 50 shades of grey
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