Robyn's 50th Birthday Celebration travel blog

River Shannon Cruise

Calm Waters Ahead

Canal Boat on the Shannon

The Best Coffee and Scones!

Beautiful Homes

On-Board Entertainment



Celtic Chieftain at Curlew Pass

What can I say, another beautiful day in Ireland! A bit of mist to start the morning off, but by 10am each morning, it has burned off and the skies are mainly clear.

It's day 6 of our trek around Ireland, and although we are tired and "full" of facts and sights, it is sad to think that we are heading back to Dublin and will be leaving this beautiful country tomorrow. But go we must, and we have one last excursion at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Carrick-on-Shannon is a popular inland resort south of Sligo, where we were welcomed aboard the Moon River, a luxury cruiser. We were all looking forward to this as it was touted as serving the best coffee on the tour (as Peter will tell you, the Irish are still learning how to make coffee), with scones (of course). Now, I did have a nice latte just yesterday, but I can always drink a good cup of coffee (yum, can't wait until Italy in September!).

Onboard there was also a singer/guitarist to regale us with some traditional Irish tunes and tell us some blarney -- I mean little-known facts -- about the area. Yes, the coffee was great, and the scones and clotted cream was wonderful, but I had to go outside on the deck to enjoy the sunshine and sights along the Shannon. The homes around Carrick are beautiful, and I saw some blue herons hiding in the reeds along the shore. Just a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

The cruise was 1 hour, and it all seemed to go by too quickly (okay, another place to come back to). It was back on the bus for the drive cross-country to Dublin. The only other place we stopped was at Curlew Pass. Seems that the Highways Department "saved" some money from the road fund to have a metal sculpture, The Gaelic Chieftain, built for the outlook. This is to commemorate the battle that took place in the pass in 1602.

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