|Denise and David in Europe
Ireland - Omagh, Londonderry, Donegal
updated 22 September 2016
Monday 19 September - Ballydangan to Omagh via Monaghan
It was a sad but loving good bye
to Yvonne, Pat and Hazel as we took the road
The road again. Hmmmm... Let
me go back a day or two. It was just before we
arrived at Athlone three days earlier. About
20 km earlier. Our fabulous rental car - VW
Tiguan... About 20 km before Athlone a giant flash
on the dashboard and a beep and a flashing orange
icon which looked like an oil can. Time to get
the book out. "Do not turn off your ignition.
If you do, the car will not restart. Instead,
you must add 'Adblu' to the Adblu reservoir
immediately." Don't you love diesel
cars! Well 20 calls to the emergency breakdown
people who tried - but did not know what they were
telling us later (don't stop the car, stop the car,
start the car, go to a garage a buy Adblu, go to the
garage and buy more Adblu, hmmm better take it to a
VW service centre. Well the car eventually let
us stop it and restart it. In fact, it started
a count down... "only 600km until the car never
starts again." Eventually we got a VW service
centre in Athlone to fix the car on this Monday
morning. We will be seeking a significant discount
off this lemon. It seems our car rental
company ignored servicing to keep the car on the
road. So, our day started a few hours later -
and Denise now has more grey hairs. Oops I
didn't say that. On with the journey.
On route to Omagh via Cavan - I
call it the castle in the middle of the lake. Its
real name is Lough Outhter Castle and it was built
by the Normans. Not an easy place to
find. Had I been more assertive and followed
the brown signage that led to the lake we may have
had a better view of it at least. Nevertheless
here is the view we got. Boats can be hired to
take you out to it. We bypassed the
opportunity to do that. Not sure why but I
think it was probably a time related issue or
perhaps the castle wasn't open. Shall have to check
that. We have struck a couple of things so far
that have not been open.
Entrance to the Castle which we
missed because we ended up coming through the
Time to move on to our B & B
for the night in Omagh - Mullaghmore House (pictured
below). Sam Neil was born and raised here and
only visited quite recently. Missed him by
Front entrance that really isn't
used. We entered from around the back.
Omagh - Main street. Nice
place. That church at the end of the
street looks pretty impressive.
Here it is up close and personal -
and across the road. Dinner :-)
Boy I was so full after eating
here. Top class food. Great
Tuesday 20 September - Omagh to Londonderry via Londonderry, Moville and Malin Head
This morning we set off in search
of tombs and monolithic sites and once again it
became a challenge. These are no ordinary
mainstream formal sites so sometimes once you get to
a certain location one has to ask a local just where
they are located. There is only so much
information that the information centre give you.
Aghascrebagh Ogham Stone (pictured
below) reasonably sign posted. But be careful
not to drive too fast or you might just miss it.
In the same paddock about 200
meters away is this standing stone. A little
bit different because it has a stone circle around
it. It also has some markings on the side of
Every group of lines is a letter
of the alphabet. I have the key to the
translation from the Dublin Archaeological Museum.
There was one other tomb we did
not get to see. We found it ok as it was
reasonably sign posted but the 700 meter walking
track resembled the bog that surrounded it. We
gave it a shot but we really needed gum boots at
least. David thought he could soldier on and
get me a photo at least but he ended up slipping and
falling into the bog itself! He sloshed back
to the car caked in mud - blood pouring of his
thumb. (Pictured below is a much cleaner David
in our Londonderry Room in our B & B 'Troy
Hall'. Thank you to the management for their
kindness and hospitality in helping David get
cleaned up. Yes we hosed him down in the car
park! LOL ...
Ed: David adds that it was quite
an experience. In retrospect, it would have
been nice to have taken a picture. In any
case, David recovered.
This is the BEST B & B EVER!!!!! Views of Londonderry and the room is as big our daughters unit.
The entrance to Troy Hall.
Magnificent is it not? Our room is the second
floor left hand side... those 6 windows across is
our room. The white car in the drive is the
car we hired for the trip.
David adds that the car is now
full of Adblu!
Views below are taken from Marlin
Head. The new camera was pretty good at
zoom. This island was at least 20k away.
View from the top of Marlin Head.
Rugged beauty of Marlin Head
Pictured above the valley from
Looks like a lone lady on her way
to Hell's Hole.
Pretty thatched house along the
way. We spotted quite a few of these.
Yikes...... look out for
sheep....... especially the blue ones! What
the heck is that all about?
We got take out tonight. David
finally got his salad. I could not resist
enjoying dinner in our lovely room.
Wednesday 21 September -
Londonderry to Donegal via the ring of Donegal and