Just got back from a few days in Achill Island and Conemara where we spent a few days hanging out with some German friends and some English friends Anita and Kieran who I hadn’t seen in 15 years so it was a brilliant reunion. Well I was completely blown away by the scenery and so proud that I live in such a beautiful place. The first few days were spent touring around on Achill Island which has loads of amazing beaches and stunning coastline but my favourite was a place called Keem beach. Imagine mountains where the mist just hangs over the mountain with a sweeping and stunning drive (albeit a bit of a cliffhanger) down into Keem beach with its white sandy beach and clear turquoise waters nestled in with the cliff on each side. Just to sit back on this beach and look out at the waves crashing against the little islands in front of the beach was just amazing. Perhaps it helped that the sun was shining but I think its one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
After leaving Achill we made our way to Spiddle stopping off at Killary Harbour. Now the drive into Killary, passing the fjord was utterly breathtaking (apparently its the only fjord in Ireland but I beg to differ that Stradbally is also a fjord or at least thats what I recall a teacher in school telling us years ago). I think I did in my other’s half head as I spent the whole day saying Oh My God isn’t this beautiful, isn’t that beautiful (in a very over the top and exagerated way) but it really was. I’ve done a fair bit of travelling but we really are surrounded by such spectacular scenery on our beautiful island with dramatic, rugged and unspoilt coastlines that have such a sense of raw beauty about them.