Awesome Kylemore Abbey, then into Leenane, a loop to Finney and a seaweed bath.
On the Bog Road.
OK. Got the seaweed bath andmassage. They first directed me to aroom where my bath was situated. I couldsee outside at the traffic and people walking down the street The staff told me that it was a one wayscreen, where I could see out but they could not see in. Gosh, I hope so. I would hate to be lying naked in this tubfully exposed to the outside world walking by.
The seaweed was in the tub with scalding hot water to release it's minerals and such. I was then to go down to the steam room down the hall to wait for around 10 minutes while the seaweed seeped into the water. I was given a large towel to cover myself as I went into the steam room down the hall. It had a glass portion of the front door so folks could look in if they were there. Fortunately, there was no one else there at the time and I did have my big towel to cover me. I could barely breathe inside the steam room. I tried to cover my nose and mouth so I could breath. It was still hard. I don't think I made it to the 10 minutes before I had to bust out and get some cooler air. I then went into my bath room and I was then to add cold water until it is a temperature where I would want my bath. I had to put in a lot of cold water. I finally got it to the hot bath level I normally take for a 15 minute period. This bath was to be an hour (according to the staff). So as time went on I continued to add cold water. And time went on and I added more cold water. More time went on, didn't need to add any more cold water. More time went on. The staff said they would be down in an hour to collect me at which time I was to pull a cord from a shower above the bath, where cold water would emerge and I could rinse myself and my pores would close after my bath. Where the hell is the staff. More time. No staff. An hour and a half, I'm still soaking. It is closing time for the place. Finally I hear a knock. I'm literally a prune by now, so glad to rinse off with the cold water and go to my massage. The masseuse did give me about an half hour massage. It sure was different than what I get in the states. But hey, it's Ireland and not the same and I should know better than to expect an American type of massage in a foreign country. I've had them elsewhere and they are different dependent on where you get them. It was still relaxing and helped my back quite a bit. She did use a ton of oil on my back, but that was probably a good thing considering my back was probably pretty dry after the soak. Afterwards, I went back to my hotel to have a few glasses of wine and dinner of acorn squash with goat's cheese.
Our loop to Finney