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This time we wanted to combine camping and sightseeing with a new hobby of us; playing golf. What country is better than Ireland for such a combination? So we went there from August 6th till August 28th 2005.

Saturday August 6th
All we did today was pack our stuff and put it into our car to take off to Europort (Rotterdam harbour) to get on the boat at around 19.00, which departed at 21.00 for Hull (England). Good way of travelling; you can eat on the boat and sleep during the night, to wake up the next day with a good English breakfast and depart the boat at 8.00.

Sunday August 7th
We crossed from the east of the UK (Hull) to the west of the UK (Holyhead) to catch the boat which departed at 15.00 to arrive three hours later in Dublin. Drove to the camping near Dublin, had dinner and went to bed.

Monday August 8th
We drove around the area south of Dublin to watch the scenery to end up at Powerscourt. Powerscourt Estate is a 64-sq-km estate with some beautiful gardens. However, we didn't go to the castle or gardens, but played our first 18 hole golf course in Ireland on the premises of Powerscourt. The castle and the surrounding mountains make this a beautiful golf course. After golf we went to Dun Laoghaire an old coastal fishing village which grew to become a harbour just south of Dublin. Dun Laoghaire is a nice and cosy village where you can have a great dinner at Forty Foot restaurant with view over the harbour.

Tuesday August 9th
We broke up camp and left for the west coast of Ireland; Clifden. On the way we stopped at Clonmacnoise which was one of Ireland's most important monastic cities: impressive. (#!foto scannen esther?). Put up camp in Clifden and stayed in the pub the rest of the evening.

Wednesday August 10th
It was quite beautiful weather today, hence when we were walking in Connemara national park we had great views of the scenery; of course of the twelve bens, which are quartzite mountain peaks. We hiked for just two hours in the park and then left for the coast, of courses stopping to see the beautiful Kylemore Abbey. After that we laid on the beach for a couple of hours before returning to Clifden.


Thursday August 11th
Today we decided to play another golf course in the afternoon, but in the morning do some cultural / scenic stuff. We drove the bog road, a bumpy road with some ruins through the Roundstone bog, from Clifden to Roundstone. In Roundstone we visited the crafts complex to continue to Ballyconneely Bay, where there are two white stone beaches of which Dog's bay is one. In the afternoon we played 9 holes of the championships links of Connemara.

Friday August 12th
Today we broke up camp to leave for Doolin, which is only 60 km to the south, but because both Clifden and Doolin are on 'sort of' peninsulas it still is quite a drive. Before taking off we drove the sky road near Clifden with some beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. After arriving in Doolin and putting up our tent in the afternoon we just walked around a bit, went to the bar and then the (in)famous Irish weather started giving us a restless night, euphemistically speaking.

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