Trip in Donegal and Nothern Ireland
The last sunday, I made a one-day trip in the north of Ireland. We were seven to go : one spanish, one german and the rest of french. Our two cars first stopped in Londonderry, in Nothern Ireland, for the morning. Before to be there, I thought it was an ugly city because of the fight between catholic and protestant. Remember you that Londonderry is on the borderline between Ireland and Nothern Ireland (yeah like Dundalk), and this city is known to have a not so beautiful history (Bloody Sunday for example). I was therefore surprised to see a city with ramparts, gates and the town center between these ramparts seemed to be a very nice place. I was wondering why this city is sometimes called Derry and some other times called Londonderry. This is again because of the opposition between catholic and protestant. The first one call this city Derry and for the other one, it's Londonderry. But we were here at 11:00 on a sunday and everything was closed. Absolutely everything ! Impossible to find any open pub or café. Fortunately, after 20 minutes of walk, we found an hotel (4 stars hotel with limousine in front of, but not for us...) and we took a coffee. 6 pounds for seven coffee and tea, that could be worst
After this break, we left the Nothern Ireland and we came back in our Ireland, in the county Donegal. We made the next stop in a little beach called Inishowen Head. A lovely place, and nobody was there except us. The sun was shining and we felt a little bit warm ! We went then to the highest point of Ireland : Malin Head. A nice place with cliffs, but it began to rain and to snow. We didn't care about that and we were fighting against the strong wind. This remember me the Pointe-Du-Raz in France, in Bretagne. This is the westest place of France and there are also cliffs and strong wind and rain We tried to eat outside between two showers. It was a half-success because after a while, we decided to finish eating in the cars.
Then we went, with a bit of difficulty due to the bad irish roads and indications, to Grianan Aileach which is a moutains, or maybe a only bump (it's so difficult to call something a moutain when the top is only at 250 meters...), and on the top there is a stone fort. From this position, we had a pretty good vue of the surrounding landscape. But, it began again to snow and we felt awfully cold. So we came back home. We were in Dundalk at almost 21:00.
Finally it was a very nice trip. And in spite of the weather, we all enjoyed this day. But the next time, I should avoid making a party at home the day before to make a trip. Because sleeping 2 hours is not really sufficient !