Tonight is the last night with my new Wild Westie Friends. We are eight women, ages 40s to 60s, and our wonderful host Michael Waugh, owner of Wild west Irish Tours. This has been the most spiritual, enlightening, enchanting, magical, and fun trip! We laughed and sang our way from one breathtaking vista to another. We traveled across the water to a mystical island populated by the souls of the ancestors. I found it profoundly moving.
We helped each other over rocks to board a boat pulled up to said rocks. We climbed tall dunes and mountains to discover views that took our breaths away. We went places completely out of our comfort zones and did things we never dreamed we could or would. We met with locals who shared Sligo and Donegal history, some of it heartbreaking, some of it inspiring, all of it interesting. We were welcomed into the home of one of our guides, a gentle soul with a wealth of talents and knowledge. There we experienced a traditional music session with his family and friends and had such a lovely time. He took his fiddle everywhere we went, and serenaded us in many locales. It was perfect. We met a lovely lady, who, with her sisters, in a small fishing community in Donegal, knits the most incredible sweaters by hand (no knitting machine here). She welcomes those who find their way to her cottage with sandwiches, tea, scones, and a fabulous collection of knitwear to purchase. (I bought a red fisherman’s sweater which is a work of art.) I could go on and on.
Let me just say, Michael Waugh, you are a wonder! Your welcoming and enthusiastic personality made this trip so very special. What you and Trish have put together as Wild West Irish Tours is priceless! Your love for Ireland is evident in every step we took. I will never forget this week.