Wild Atlantic Way ASD Challenge: Day 23: 19.05.19: Brandon Creek to Kilcummin Beach.
Today the troops rallied early. We left Miltown Malbay after 7am to catch the ferry. Our team consisted of Tomás, Johnny, Thomas Griffin, Debbie and I. It was sharply cold with occasional spits of rain. Our arrival at the ferry terminal indicated no sign of a ferry so we had a wait till 9am! Finally, on the road, we headed along the route to Castlegregory where we picked up our driver Serge. We journeyed to Brandon Creek over Conor Pass. As we went West, the sun emerged through the clouds and the day had a good feel to it. Serge dropped us at the foot of some ascending ridges and off we went. We worked our way through plenty of heather, bog and disturbed the occasional sheep. The sea and cliffs on our left were spectacular. The waters were calm and blue and the stone glistened in the sunlight. Now and again we could hear a sound like a shot ring out. It was warm but comfortable. We shared our goodies and chatted as we went. Tomás was in his element jumping over rocks, streams and uneven ground as we eventually found out way onto the Dingle Way around Brandon Head. The source of the “shot” soon became apparent when we stumbled on a banger used to keep birds and other possible prey off the young sheep and lambs, or so we figured! We had the mountains to ourselves. As we climbed it was cool and as we descended we warmed up. The smell of scented heather and bog was familiarly reassuring. We recounted tales of our youth, all similar when it came to rural living. We arrived back to the open road at Brandon Point and flowed on to Cloghane. This proved a lovely, sleeping village where we stopped and finished our supplies. Everything was closed so we made do with what we had. From there we walked on to Kilcummin and linked in with Serge. The evening sun was setting so we didn’t delay. We drove back to the ferry where Tomás was delighted to get a long awaited cup of coffee. We all relaxed, delighted with our day. We had covered a lot of conversation, distance and good feeling!