There’s a classic tune every beginning Irish musician learns – The Road to Lisdoonvarna. Well, that road runs from the rocky coast of Doolin high over the Burren to Lisdoonvarna, and it was our path for the day.

But first, the Aran Sweater Shop! We found a small shop in Doolin with a wonderful owner who gave us a group discount, and nearly everyone added a warm Irish wool layer to our minimal packing. See the rush roofed cottage in pink? That’s our shop. Sweaters featured prominently in future posts ^_^

Then with a lunch packed by the next door bakers – which featured sausage pastry rolls and – get this – VEGETARIAN sausage pastry rolls!! we headed down the Road all the way to Lisdoonvarna and beyond. It was a glorious day, and the kids had figured out the pacing, so they really took off, landing mid-afternoon at our next home away from home – the Boghill Centre.