Wild Atlantic Way, Day Seventeen:

We set off from Keel beach at around 10:30 AM, after stealthily sneaking into the fully booked campsite next to the beach to use the toilet and bin facilities, as well as filing our water. Our first stop of the day was Bally Croy National Park, which was approximately one hour 30 minutes north of Achill. The surroundings of this area are largely bog land, so there wasn't very much to see on the 30 minute walk around the park. We had lunch in the van, and spoke to an Australian couple who were also travelling around Ireland in a camper van, who were very interested in our van conversion. Our next stop of the day was a 90 minute drive further north to the Carrowteague cliffs. These cliffs were quite a surprise as most of the cliffs north of Kerry haven’t been as big or memorable as those in the South. However these cliffs were wonderful to look at and we spent about 20 minutes walking around taking all of the views in. Back in the van, our next destination was Sligo. On the way we stopped at a car wash and gave the van a much-needed clean after being at the beach. On our way towards Sligo we saw signs for Strand Hill beach, so we began to follow them as we had planned to stop there. We arrived at the beachfront there were a lot of people about and it seemed to be a good atmosphere. We decided to go ahead and get into the ocean for a quick surf before the sun set, so we raced to get changed and get boards down to the beach. We spent about an hour surfing, but the waves were very strong so we get tired pretty quickly. Once we were back on dry land, we had the rest of the soy sausages with curry chips for dinner along with some delicious home-made hummus. After dinner we took advantage of a nice warm shower before heading to bed.

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