The day started with some breakfast and seashell painting.
The sun was shining beautifully so we decided it was great day to head to Leenaun (also spelled as Leenane) and see the Killary Fjord. We practically live on a part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is about 1500 miles around the north and west coast of Ireland with magnificent views and lots of small villages full of Irish culture and history.
As we drove down the typical very narrow roads, we were rewarded by incredible scenery.
We also saw a monument dedicated to those who died during the famine. The event is now known as the Doolough Tragedy.
We arrived in Leenane around lunch time and decided to eat at The Village Grill.
We had a simple and quick lunch.
After lunch we were able to enjoy incredible views of the Killary Fjord.
As an added bonus to our day trip we checked out the Sheep & Wool Centre. We arrived at a good time and were able to go on a tour and check out the demonstrations of how the sheep are sheared and how the wool is turned into yarn (known here as thread). Since there were only 4 other people on the tour the kids had the chance to help with some of the demonstrations and had a great time. We all learned a lot!
The Killary Fjord stretches out for 16 Km. We drove a bit further to see what other landscapes waited ahead. We are so glad we did since we came across the Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey was built by Henry Mitchell as a present to his wife. We did not go inside the abbey but were able to check out the structure and learn about the history. It is even more magnificent to see in person.
We drove just a bit longer, continuing on the Wild Atlantic Way and saw some really gorgeous beaches. It was much too late to get out an play and we had a long drive home, so we just took in the views and started our journey home.
We made and enjoyed some charcoal grilled cheese burgers when we arrived home. Mmmm Mmmm.
We will leave you with an Irishman's Philosophy :)