In response I made more tea, more salad and more lavish salads expecting quite a picnic. Add to that this was our sunniest warmest day this year so far, 18C and well into 60sF
I arrived early and sat on this seat awhile.
Took a few more pics, like this one down the side of the mountain
Was I to continue the Forest Walk?
Though not clear in the above pic, when I took this photo, the top of Ben Bulben was crowded with people. Pity for them, as they probably did not have much of a sea view either.
There are three Co. Sligo forests that I had not been to for many years so I decided I would explore them instead. These being Carns with a cairn, Glenview and Carrownaskeagh on the scenic Ladies Brae through the Ox Mountains.
This means three more blog posts after this, through this week, to tell you about them :-)
So it was bye bye to Ben Bulben and its forest walk for awhile, next year probably.
Click here to read about the full Ben Bulben Forest Walk
Oh, before I leave this, I was delighted and surprised to see Sligo and Co. Sligo shoreline roads plastered with Wild Atlantic Way signs, directions and symbols.
Most of these tourist initiatives seem to have a wee start, then the elected representatives and dignataries get together for a champers, cocktails, oysters etc. get together and "look at me, I'm doing something good with your tax euros" photo shoot ... and because there will be no more profile photo shoots the project seems to dissolve away. The representatives are already onto something else.
Locally, I've seen this happen to the Turlough O'Carolan Trail, Beara to Briefne Way and Royal Canal upgrades and promotion. Though I'm not so keen on the Wild Atlantic Way as its about getting around as much as you can in the car rather than hike, bike etc., it does seem to be a project that has happened. I suppose if it burns more oil ... it happens.
See the wavy line symbol in this pic? That's the Wild Atlantic Way.