The fun thing about backroading in Ireland is that all you have to do is take a few random turns to wind up somewhere like here: All by yourselves (except for the sheep) in the pastoral splendor. Two words of warning, though:
- Fill up with gas before you go. Otherwise, you could come to "Road Closed -- Danger Flooding" sign on the other side of the town you planned on filling up in. When you're 30 kilometers from Crossmolina and the needle dances on E, it's harder to enjoy the beauty.
- Bring a map with place names in both English and Irish. Because you might find yourself in a Gaeltacht area with road signs in Irish only, which means that you have blunder out in the fashion you blundered in. Which is a considerably more difficult challenge.
In my secret life...