"Nagles Campsite, Doolin - Our destination"
This morning, after yet another god night’s sleep at Galey Bay campsite it was time to pack everything up, say goodbye to County Roscommon and make our way over to Nagles Campsite in Doolin, County Galway. It was sad to say farewell to Lough Ree, but it was also exciting to carry on with our Irish adventure and head on over to our next campsite.
Over the last few days the weather has been very kind to us (which makes a change) with blazing sunshine, blue skies, wispy clouds and high temperatures. I have used more sun cream over the last three days than I did during the entire four weeks away in the motor home last year (not all in one stint) so even if the weather goes to pot now (I really hope it doesn’t) I can say I saw some sun and have the red face to prove it. Even though I use factor 50 sun cream (and have to apply it with a trowel) and use loads of it I still get a bright red face. Hmmmm….. what’s that all about?
The journey from Galey Bay campsite, Lough Ree to Nagles campsite, Doolin should (according to the AA route finder) take 2 hours 20 minutes. Once the route was plugged in to the sat nav the time decreased to just over 2 hours, which seemed a bit of a result. It wasn’t until the sat nav instructed us to keep on going where the AA route was directing left of the M60 (and subsequently cross country) did it dawn on me why there was such a difference – I obviously had some strange settings on the AA route finder website when I was sorting out the route. Oh well…….
The first part of the journey from County Rosscommon was along the M6. Thinking about it, the M6 in Ireland (running from East to West, or West to East) is much the same as the M6 back home in the UK. The fact these two roads share the same “M6” name and also run from East to West or West to East is where the similarities end. The Irish M6 is a pleasure to drive whereas the M6 in the UK is one of the worst roads in the country.
The Irish M6 is quiet with very little traffic, full of courteous drivers and, what I would call a “slow pace” road – even though the national speed limit is faster than the England’s M6. By contrast the M6 is England is busy and full of a**e h***s tailgating, pushing you along and getting irate. It is a total contrast.
You have to see how quiet the Irish M6 is to believe it, so for your pleasure I got the better half to record some video footage, as below:-
What you see in the video clip is exactly what our entire time on the M6 was like. I really wish I had some video footage of our journey on the M6 last Friday for comparison, but hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it?
Once off the M6 we joined the N18 and then picked up the N67 “Wild Atlantic Way”. I was expecting the Wild Atlantic Way to run close enough to the coast to be able to see the Atlantic Ocean, and whilst there are parts of this like this a lot of it is further inland, and you can’t see water. The Wild Atlantic Way is a lot wider/bigger than I was expecting however there are sections where it squeezes right up. Even in these narrow sections there is still plenty of room to get two vehicles side by side – and large ones at that.
Since I included a short video clip of the journey down the M6 I thought I would include a (short) video clip of the N67 “Wild Atlantic Way” as well. If I had known how beautiful the Kinvarra section was (as detailed further on in this post) I would have got the better half to video that, but as it is – I wasn’t aware of what it was like and the following is all we managed to get:-
The Kinvarra section of the Wild Atlantic Way is where the road narrows up, becomes nice and twisty and you can see the coast line. This section is not only stunning to look at, but also great fun to drive (albeit you can’t go that fast – and nowhere near the 100kph speed limit). Corkscrew Hill and the Burren were two particular notable sections, and whilst it wasn’t as tight and twisty as the Stelvio Pass (in Italy) I drove a few years back it kind of reminded of it. There is a layby half way up Corkscrew Hill (for photo opportunities) but there was no room when we reached it as a tour bus, a large motorhome and two cars occupied the entire layby. Had the vehicles not parked selfishly (i.e. with a gap that was just too small to get in to between them) and moved up a little we could have got the Accordo in, but as it was we just had to drive on by. Perhaps it is a good thing we couldn’t stop at the layby – It is going to take some serious clutch slipping and engine revving to get going from the position of the layby.
After the slow drive down the N67 we picked up the R478 (which was also a surprisingly wide road) and followed it all the way to Doolin.
Overall, the journey from Galey Bay campsite to Nagles campsite went pretty smoothly. It took a little longer than the 2 hours the sat nave suggested it would, but then we are in a motorhome, I stuck between 95kph – 100kph on the motor way (where the national speed limit is 120 kph) and I probably drove slower along the Wild Atlantic Way than the Sat Nav was expecting.
The more I drive our little Accordo 120 the more I am warming to it, which given we have owned it for coming up to 11 months, is well overdue. I used to find the Accordo a little intimidating (especially manoeuvring it) however it is becoming easier and easier to drive and the more miles we are putting on it the better it sounds, feels and drives too.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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