The hot air balloon festival at Drumshambo was something we considered going to but it turned out there was no need as they came to us.
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Liveaboard life and general wanderings on the Irish Inland Waterways.
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We continue to journey south toward the Grand Canal and the winter. Leaving Garadice is a wrench but we soon stop in at Riversdale Barges, another haven of courtesy and welcome, before pausing at Ballyconnell in order to take on fuel. Kiltybarden Lough, with its jetty unattached to the mainland, proves an interesting spot for a night. We are joined by an American couple on a hire boat for a few nights on Lough Key.
More offer of hospitality. The River Boyle and the wonder of Lough Key: it may not be the largest lump of water on the system but few beat it for beauty. We also have the good fortune to be advised where best to moor - advice we will be eternally grateful for. As we will the lift, offered and accepted, on a boat departing for Boyle, it saved us a long walk...