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Co Mayo, West of Ireland in Pictures

Mayo West of Ireland

This is a picture port folio of a recent visit I made to the West of Ireland with  2 of my nephews. We could not have been luckier as the sun shone from dawn till dusk for the 4 days of our visit.

If you are lucky enough to catch good weather here its quite simply one of the most fascinating landscapes on earth. In fact it reminds me in part of some of the best landscapes in New Zealand!

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (13)

Lough Cullin (Irish: Loch Cuilinn) is a lake in County Mayo in Ireland. With its immediate neighbour to the north, Lough Conn, it is connected to the Atlantic by the River Moy. Lough Cullin is noted for its trout and salmon fishing.

In Celtic mythology, Lough Cullin was created when Fionn mac Cumhaill was hunting with his hounds; Cullin and Conn. They came across a wild boar. Finn and the hounds attempted to chase it. However, as the boar ran, water poured from its feet. The hounds ran ahead of Finn and eventually Conn was ahead of Cullin. Conn chased the boar for days until a lake appeared. The boar swam back to land but Conn was drowned. This happened again in the south to Cullin.

Source Wikipedia

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (15)

This is the road that leads from the farmhouse cottage, Hare Cottage, we stayed in during our visit, which I found on Airbnb and can heartily recommend. Details and links at the bottom of the post.

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (6)

And this is the remains of the ancestral home of our host. Although i’m sure the abandoned bike is not quite as old as the house!

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (7)

And this the end wall of what used to be the granary.

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (8)

And these the crumbling walls of history at sunset.

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Old singer sowing machine now a feature outside our cottage.

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (16)

Newport river flows down to meet the sea.

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (4)

And this is where we tried our luck at fishing. Alex and Dylan running, aaahh!! sure we’ve had enough, lets get back to the cottage!!

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (19)

The tide is out, the sky is blue, the faces smiling, the hearts happy and planes high overhead, the trails of travel and missed places below.

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (5)

The sun begins to set on another glorious day

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Locals head out with fork and bucket and spades to dig in the sands for bait as the sun sets  in Mallaranny

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (25)

Echoes of the past, a place of history and stories, Mallaranny Harbour

Achill Island Co Mayo Ireland June 2016 (10)

The ruins of haunting echoes from an abandoned past.

We stayed in Hare Cottage as the guests of  John, Angela and Juno the sheepdog, in training! If only twasnt for all the pesky visitors ruining Johns best efforts at training, who knows he might be a champion sheepdog,  somehow i don’t believe Alex and Dylan much care, they just loved spending time with him as they made best effort to round sheep. Idyllic is my last word!

Here’s the link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6483745

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary. Keegan
    June 29, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Absolutely beautiful pictures and memories of a special trip that Alex and Dylan and you will always remember. ♡

    • Reply
      DKTravelPix
      June 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Mary. It was a pretty awesome trip! I am just uploading the second post which is the pictures of Achill.

  • Reply
    Catherine Cunniffe
    June 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Fantastic photos David. Makes me realise how lucky we are living in Mayo with such a wonderful landscape on our doorstep. Hope you all get to visit Mayo soon again.

    • Reply
      DKTravelPix
      June 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Hi Catherine
      Thanks for taking the time to comment on the post and glad you like the pictures. You live in a truly unique and special part of the world. I have just posted part 2 which focuses on Achill Island. Best regards
      David

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    Linda Keegan
    July 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Ta se go halainn ar fad, is e ar dtir alainn sin!📸😀👍🏻

    • Reply
      DKTravelPix
      July 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Tá sé 🙂

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