These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

20th April 2012. A trip to Sligo and the Atlantic Coast.

We were lucky enough to be taken out again by our friends, Gerry and Violet. We drove over towards the coast at Sligo and stopped to look at the stunning views over the valley of Glencar.

Glencar waterfall was very impressive. There has not been much rain recently in Northern Ireland, though we hear that England is quite wet too!

Glencar valley was lovely.
We visited WB Yeats' grave at St Columba's Church, where an ancestor of his was once the rector. Yeats wrote his own epitaph, for his tombstone, which reads:-

Cast a cold eye
On life, On death
Horseman pass by! 

St Colomba's Church near Drumcliffe is quite impressive. It lies just to the north of Sligo.

Benbulben Mountain dominates the skyline, as we head north along the Atlantic Coast to Bundoran.

The sky was so blue, with cotton wool clouds, above the Atlantic rollers. 

We walked round the headland to look across to Bundoran, which is a major holiday resort, on the other side of the bay. These brave (or foolhardy?) boys were jumping into the sea from the rocky outcrop in front of us.

Later on the waves kept on rolling in from the Atlantic, but the sky told us that it was time to go home to The Puzzler! We had really enjoyed the day.

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