September 29, late afternoon and evening.
After a drive along the Connemara Coast we arrived in the village of Roundstone, Al’s favourite town in Ireland.
Arriving in Roundstone, we picked the first B &B we saw, as it was strategically located between two pubs.
We told the landlady that “we could do with a bit of a walk” so she sent us off to Gurteen Beach, saying, “keep to the headland with the cemetery on your right and you can walk from one beach to the next.”
At Gurteen Beach there were actually people swimming – summer had finally arrived in Ireland at the end of September!
We found the cemetery…
…and keeping it on our right, carried on along the long sandy shoreline of the beach. Al getting bent out of shape taking a photo. Al’s shot.Meanwhile I was amusing myself by taking photos of seaweed that looked like jewelry…
…and close-ups of the brilliant green seaweed on the occasional photogenic rocks. Then we scrambled up over some sand dunes and onto the next beach. This was a very different beach, with a rocky foreshore, green fields, cows, fences…At the end was yet another sandy beach and more dunes…On the way back the tide had come in a long way and the place looked totally different. Here’s a scan of Lonely Planet page showing our route that day.My artsy shot for this post: pushing up daisies at the cemetery near Gurteen beach run through Psykopaint. More on our 2015 trip to Ireland.