The Wild Atlantic Way & A Bit of News

As some of you know my OH and I recently spent a couple of days in Sligo. We are both very fond of the west coast of Ireland, and hadn’t been for some time, so we spent a very pleasant couple of days based just outside Sligo, at Rosses Point. The weather was extremely mixed but the “Wild Atlantic Way” has a wild and rugged beauty that I thought some of you might like to see.

We started off in Sligo one morning and spent a few hours travelling along the North coast of County Sligo and then dropped down into Ballina (Co Mayo).

The photos need little explanation, other than it is not called the Wild Atlantic Way for nothing.

There are no straight trees, and very few full sized ones.


Strandhill looking South


Same spot looking North West


Along the North Coast towards Easky





Easkey Pier



Roslea (O’Dowd Castle 1207)






Eerie dead trees at Rosbeg


New foot Bridge Ballina (well new to me!)


My Brother and Sister in Law were with us and we had a couple of great nights of craic, good food, plus the odd drink.



However the real reason for going away is the news bit…………………………………………………


We had a great day before we left for Sligo.


The OH and yours truly, don’t we scrub up well.

p1020128crfrewebAll four of us


8th November 2016. Only took us 20+ years, but we got there eventually.

31 Responses

  1. AliCat says:

    Oh my what a lovely surprise…….Congratulations to you both……brilliant :love: :rose: :drink:

  2. gertie says:

    Oh wow! congratulations Karen, to you both :love: … you look absolutely lovely, all four of you. :clover: :rose:

    [loved the Sligo trip photos too :good: :lol: ] :rose:

  3. cilla says:

    Just the best news I had this year and what a spectacular place for a honeymoon :blowkiss: :love: I haven’t stopped smiling yet! Beautiful scenery, just love the wildness. My only regret is that we never got to the west coast. It is lovely to see new places. P.S . What a pretty ring.x :rose: :drink: :drink: :drink:

  4. Beanstew says:

    Just like Cilla says – this is the best news EVER – and I’m just getting my glad rags on for a real Irish hooley – because one thing the Irish can show us all is how to celebrate.. “Here’s to the wings of love – may they never moult a feather” – this is from an Irish saying which then gets really romantic – about putting “your little shoes and my big boots under the bed together” – or :love: . Needless to say, the Irish have a song about it too – – and wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all be together to sing it for Karen and Andy?

  5. Beanstew says:

    . And it is just plain uplifting to see a group of people looking so happy – although all the sea views are pretty good too. They reminded me again of how much I miss being able to see the sea every day.

  6. Allan says:

    Congratulations Karen,! No better place to be than the west coast, Loved it there. :rose:

  7. Beanstew says:

    Have to ask Karen – what on earth is your brother eating in the photograph in the restuarant? I’d love to think he was building his onion rings into a tower on top of his burger just for the hell of it – but will have to assume that some chef in the kitchen carefully constructed the edifice. He’s very like you too – does he live in Spain?

    • VegVamp says:

      :lol: :lol: It was a tower of huge “trendy” chips, fillet steak, then onion rings – and was to die for. ;-) They live about 6 miles south of Ballymena Sheila, about 1¼ hour drive from us, but have an apartment in Spain (lucky us get to use it when we want. ;-) ). They were only back a week when we went to Sligo, so he’s looking a tad “browned off”.

  8. Beanstew says:

    I wonder what “Lego” freak devised that method of arranging food. I suppose it would keep warm for longer once piled up – and if short of dinner plates, could be arranged on a saucer (as long as it didn’t topple over). Seems to me that as children, we were told, “Don’t play with your food” – and as adults, we get round it by paying others to do it for us. Bet the waiters dread them falling over before they reach the table.

    • VegVamp says:

      It was tempting to try and remove one of the chips on the bottom tier, “Jenga” style. :lol:
      My brother “spilt the beans” about our wedding and all the restaurant staff were so lovely about it – we got treated like royalty.

  9. dandlyon says:

    Congratulations Karen , better late than never :lol: another clickers meet up would be great

  10. Didn’t know you were the quiet type, Karen :lol: Many many many congratulations to you both :drink: Fantastic everything and those views are to die for – what gorgeous weather you had – how did you arrange that? ;-)

  11. Congratulations Karen & your husband, you look stunning and so happy :rose: :love: :clover: xxx
    Love that coast line and the ruggedness,its the only thing I really miss with our move, plus family of course.

  12. shedsue says:

    Many Congratulations K and Husband.. :love: much Love & Laughter to you both..Sue & Bazza & Poppydog and of course shedted xxx

  13. Hayley says:

    What a wonderfully heartwarming blog :love: I’m so happy for you both, you look radiant K lovely :love:
    It must have been so exciting to be whisked off to the west coast and share such a special moment together.
    I was just wondering where the other pics are? You know the swimming ones? At midnight? And all that clowning about :clown:
    Be happy my lovelies, enjoy every continuing moment :rose: :love: :clover: :lol: xxxxx
    PS BTW, we’re all coming to yours for some of that Irish craic next year ;-) :drink:

  14. dixon says:

    Wild Atlantic way may be on the cards Karen, our friends have bought a motor home and are thinking about it. Great photos and congratulations once again.

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