Day around Cong

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A poor picture but gives an idea of Pigeon Hole
It rained all night but the heavy showers in the morning gradually cleared. We walked down to the Lough but there was restricted access so we couldn't really get to it. We had a walk through woodland although we weren't sure if this was private as well! Cong town was quite interesting. The film The Quiet Man with John Wayne had been made there which we had never heard of (before our time!) but the town generates a heck of a lot of interest as a result.
We had a wander through to look at the Abbey ruins and gardens which led to a bridge, which led to a woodland trail, which led to a signed path 'Pigeon Hole' which went quite a long way ....... before we ended up at a very deep (100 foot at a guess) pothole with steps down into it and a river at the bottom.
Rob & MillieDog at Ashford Castle
We got chatting to an 'ex-pat' at the top who came over from Devon 11 years ago. While we were talking I spotted a red squirrel playing up and down a tree some way behind him. He was most put out as he did wildlife photography and had been trying to sight a red squirrel for all of those 11 years!
When we got back to the site, there was a Netherland couple just pitching who had been next to us at the Ballina site. They assured us they hadn't walked all the way but done a mixture of walking and buses. They were mainly Dutch people on our area of the site. I find it strange that they never seem to talk to each other when they meet. If I met another English speaking person when abroad, I would want to chat. When we were in Holland, we asked someone about this (Dutch person) and their theory was that they have such little space, they make their privacy by mentally shutting others out.
We explored again in the evening and found Ashford Castle. This was a lovely building on the Lough now used as a hotel but with extensive and interesting grounds open to the public. We enjoyed a good walk until it rained again.
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A poor picture but gives an idea o…
A poor picture but gives an idea …
Rob & MillieDog at Ashford Castle
Rob & MillieDog at Ashford Castle
photo by: maithanfear