The space, unhurried pace of life, the food, the unspoilt nature at one's doorstep: these are a few of my favourite things about County Sligo.
I told a friend that one day, if I won't have any reason left to go back to the Philippines (where the most beautiful tropical beaches and scenery abound), County Sligo is the place for me to retire.
W.B. Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, chose Sligo as his resting place even though he only spent occasional holidays here as a child and adult. The poem quoted on his epitaph was entitled "Under Ben Bulben", which was inspired by the above rock formation.
The alternating sanguine and burnt yellow hues of the setting sun cascading the green and brown walls of the Benbulben, set against clear light blue skies on a salubrious day, make for a breathtaking site. We stopped off a dirt road to admire this beauty one afternoon.
Just a five-minute drive behind the Mr's family home is Lake Innisfree. Driving up from the main road, you will descend to the above sight. We always stop just at that point when we think we're at the right peak to view its entire magnificence. We take it as a playful challenge to catch the lake bathed in unrationed sunshine.
To be honest, I don't remember where the below photo was taken. I just loved the stretch of stone wall leading down the lake. It reminds me of black and white war films despite the blues and greens.
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|View from Classiebawn Castle, Lord Mountbatten's former holiday home|
Like a spy, we drove back and forth to the road that offered the best view of Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore, the former holiday home of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle. He was unfortunately assassinated by the IRA in 1979 while lobster-potting and tuna-fishing on his boat.
Almost like children on an excursion, the Mr's mum sent us off with bottles of water and cakes just in case we end up famished while driving around. There's always Costa, but sitting in a cafe can't compare with sitting on a lone bench in an open field looking towards the ocean, mountains, and beyond while sharing a packed meal and a laugh.
If you would like to discover more of Ireland, please click on the previous posts:
Discover IRELAND: Dublin, Gateway to the West
Discover IRELAND: Kilkenny and Waterford
Discover IRELAND: County Sligo (Part I)