County Donegal 2011

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Madame Oui and I couldn’t believe it’d been 5 years since our last visit to Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Her parents came with us, and thoroughly enjoyed the 3-day stay.

We stayed at the Whitestrand B&B, highly recommended. The proprietor, Mary Houghton, epitomises the warmth and welcome that Irish tourism is renowned for. The cooked breakfasts were hearty and whenever you come into the house, she’s ready to ask you, “Would you like a cup of tea?”

The Seaview Tavern restaurant nearby updated its decor since our last visit. Also its chef, who we learned from a conversation with the owner, used to cook for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street. I enjoyed a meal of swordfish with avocado butter.

We spent our days touring about the Inishowen peninsula. There is a signposted “Inishowen 100”, a scenic drive that roughly outlines the peninsula. It puts you at elevated positions with incredible views. Worth it.

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Planned to spend one night dining out specifically for seafood. A colleague recommend McGrory’s of Culdaff, but Pops and I inspected the menu and peered inside, and we were not terribly impressed with either offering, so we decided to give it a miss. Instead, we dined at the Ballyliffin Hotel. Although we made reservations, we were competing with a wedding and a large anniversary party. We enjoyed ourselves, but not the more intimate experience I had hoped for. Next time, I think we’ll aim for The Beach House in Buncrana.

My favourite part was just spending time with family at a very leisurely pace. It was very relaxing, and just what was needed after a busy (and successful) weeklong work conference.

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