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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Them fairies get everywhere.

Not a bad night considering we happen to be right next to a busy main road. If one must stop in a car park then that's what to expect. Anyway, yes we did go to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Literally, 2 minutes from our night stop to the castle car park.

This place is just the best and definitely one of our favourite places to visit so far. Set in 25 acres and is a reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland over a century ago. Even at 9 am when the place opened the tour buses had arrived. Managing to get ahead of 90 school kids alighting from two coaches, the advice given when we paid our money was 'go to the castle first'. Very glad of that as trying to get up and down those circular castle stairwells with 90 kids all trying to do the same would have been very difficult. But we managed to be in front of them the whole time and was able to take loads of photos. Some I have put on here (all as a collage to reduce the file size due to only being allowed 5GB for the next 17 days) and the rest is in my Google album folder. To view all the photos click here 






We are still having great difficulty finding a place to stop for the night. Searching Brit Stop, Park for the night and several others that Ian has apps for do not appear to have anything much in County Clare other than South and a few further inland. So tonight it was touch and go whether we would still be trying to find somewhere convenient in the dark!. Got to a place called Inagh on the way to Miltown Malber to rejoin the Atlantic Way and an almost empty car park caught out attention. Next to a Spar, a Comunity center and church so we pulled in. Ian enquired at the Spar shop whether we could park and in typical Irish fashion said 'To be sure you can stay.'  Still next to a road but oh so much quieter than last night.

And some of the animals at the park

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