When my husband and I signed up for our second tour with the Wild West Irish Tour group we imagined that there was NO way it could match the amazing time we had on our first tour. Happily, we were wrong!!
Our first tour was the Wild West Signature Tour which I have already reviewed. Our recent tour was the Causeway Coast Adventure. I’m afraid my words will not be able to capture the magic of this experience, but I will try!
We stayed in a B & B that is a working sheep farm WITH a view of the sea from our bedroom window. It was dreamlike to wake up to the sounds and smells of the sea while also hearing the chorus of sheep awaiting their breakfast! Our hosts were warm and friendly. They had the coziest sitting room where we could gather near a fireplace for tea or to chat and knit. It was heavenly for me!
We spent half a day shadowing our host as he tended the sheep. What fun it was to help feed them! Since we were in Ireland in June, daylight lingered well into the nighttime so we took nightly walks to the ocean accompanied by Finn, an Irish Setter and the best 4 legged tour guide on the Inishowen Peninsula! If we had spent our whole visit at the B & B this still would have been a wonderful trip! But we were taken to places of astounding beauty!
Our tour guides, Neil and Desi, were simply awesome! While driving us to spectacular sites they regaled us with funny tales and interesting facts about the Wild West Coast of Ireland. Their love for their homeland was palpable and contagious. We saw so many wonderful places that it would be impossible to describe them all, so I will just tell you about a few of them.
We drove around the rugged coastline of the peninsula, often stopping to take in views that were breathtaking. Indeed, the journey from one place of interest to the next was just as important as wherever we were going. I’ll never forget a small shrine we visited in the middle of nowhere along a winding mountain road. It was unforgettable.
We went to a beach one day where the shell of a church stands. We learned that day that same structure served as a pub the rest of the week, serving mass on Sundays! We visited the highest point and the most Northern point on Inishowen, including a pub at Malin Head that was so cool!
We went to the Giants Causeway one afternoon. My photos do not do it justice! What an amazing place! We also visited an Irish whiskey distillery. It was such fun to learn about the process of distilling my favorite drink! And I had the best hot toddy of my life afterwards! We went to a gorgeous, picture postcard lighthouse. There is no coastline to match the beauty of Ireland’s wild west coastline.
My favorite part of the trip was when we spent time with local folks or went to places they would go to. We met a woman who create sculptures from petrified bog wood thousands of years old. We met a talented woman who sews lovely clothing from woven Donegal tweed and then embellishes them by hand with Irish wool.
The food in Ireland was delicious! It was fresh and hearty. I ate mussels until they came out of my ears! One special night we were treated to a home cooked meal AND Irish music session at our tour guide’s home. That night will forever live in my memory and heart!
I realize this review is going on and on! I’ll include a few photos as a picture is worth a thousand words!
I am excited to say I’ll be going back in 2020 on another WWIT! I recommend this wonderful group of folks to anyone who wants to be immersed in the beauty and culture of Ireland!
Sue and John K.