Strandhill Bus Tour

StrandhillYesterday I went on a brilliant tour of Strandhill/Coolera which is organised by the Strandhill Knocknarea Tourist Information Office.

Strandhill Knocknarea Tourist OfficeSeamus was our tour guide, he was very knowledgable about the local area and very easy-going. It’s a brilliant idea for a tour as all the stops are arranged and if you aren’t sure where you are going (and I have no sense of direction) the bus brings you to each destination.

SeamusThe first stop on our tour was Breeogue Pottery, a place that I had never visited before.

Breeogue PotteryWe were greeted by Grainne who runs the pottery, she’s so talented and makes beautiful pieces.

GrainneGrainne showed us how she makes a jug, she made it look very easy. She even offered us a turn at the wheel…it was tempting but knowing me I’d end up wearing the clay.

Talking to GrainneWe all found our time with Grainne really interesting and loved looking at the wonderful things she makes. Her shop also includes work made by her husband (Tom Callery) so if you are looking for Sligo gifts with a difference I would really recommend calling to them.

Breeogue PotteryTom Callery CeramicsThe next stop on our tour was Carrowmore Tombs.

CarrowmoreThis is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old.

Sligo rocksWe were met at Carrowmore by Jean, who is a tour guide at the centre.

JeanJean was wonderful, again very knowledgable and informative and told us all about the tombs and some of the legends surrounding them.

IMG_9067We all really enjoyed the visit to the tombs and hearing the history surrounding them.

Dolly's CottageOur final stop on the tour was Dolly’s Cottage, a traditional thatched cottage that was bought by the ICA when Dolly died in the 1970. As luck would have it our tour coincided with an open day for Heritage Week.

Inside the cottageThere were all kinds of activities going on there including traditional crafts, a country market and even tea leaf reading…aparently I’m going to three weddings!

Tea Leaf readingWe also got to meet Dolly’s best friend which was wonderful. When she found out the open day was on she arranged to pay a visit.

Dolly's best friendTime for teaWe had a lovely visit to Dolly’s Cottage, it was like stepping back in time.

All smilesI had a brilliant time on the tour, it made a nice change for me to see places with other people and to find out the history and information about the place, I would recommend the tour to anyone, to find out more about  it you can contact the Strandhill Knocknarea Tourist Office here or give them a call on 087 243 1942. The rest of my photos from my bus tour of Strandhill/Coolera are here.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Strandhill Bus Tour

  1. eislilly says:

    Hello dear Val, I just made a wonderful tour -sitting at my laptop…. with my head in Strandhill…. It was amazing strolling around there, to see places I've never been yet, but for sure I'll visit someday. Thanks a lot for sharing amazing photos and lots of information. Greetz from Germany 🙂

    Gesendet: Montag, 26. August 2013 um 21:09 Uhr Von: "Magnumlady’s Blog" <comment-reply@wordpress.com> An: irmhild.altewischer@gmx.de

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    magnumlady posted: "Yesterday I went on a brilliant tour of Strandhill/Coolera which is organised by the Strandhill Knocknarea Tourist Information Office.

    Seamus was our tour guide, he was very knowledgable about the local area and very easy-going. It's a brilliant idea f"

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