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Monday, July 17, 2017

On the Road in Ireland

 Text and photos by Shari Randall



The Ladies View, Killarney National Park

It really is the Emerald Isle.

For the past two weeks, my husband and I have been in Ireland, crisscrossing the country on myriad narrow country lanes, reveling in the thousand shades of green of its storied landscape.
Driving in Ireland is not for the faint of heart or the claustrophobic. We explored roads so narrow that bordering hedgerows of wildflowers smacked the windshield and unsuspecting passengers who left their windows open. Our rental car had one of those parking assist programs that beeped every time something came within two inches of the car. The narrow driveway to our cottage set off a furious flurry of warning beeps that had us in stitches. We learned early on that savvy drivers roll down their windows and fold in their mirrors as they pass oncoming cars.
But those narrow byways lead to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and reward the driver and tireless navigator with postcard perfect views.

Come along on a mini tour! And be sure to let me know what you've been up to this summer in the comments below.

Spectacular scenery is a specialty - Rock of Cashel

Kealkil stone circle. After an hour of GPS, we stopped and asked a man walking his dog. This is the best way to find things in Ireland.

 
In Ireland, one must stop in a pub (The Palace, Dublin)

Or two. (Arundel's on the Pier, Ahakista, Co. Cork)
Friendly neighbors

Our base of operations, Glantanaw Cottage, Bantry


World's most charming police station, Glengarriff
Things you don't see in the US. (Glengarriff)

7 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

I was in Ireland twice, once as a kid visiting family friends in Galway, & on an organized bus tour. I'd like to go back, but I am hesitant to drive myself.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time. The pictures are great.

Jim Jackson said...

Shari -- sounds like a wonderful trip. Loved seeing your pictures.

~ Jim

Margaret Turkevich said...

Great pix! Glad you had a wonderful trip.

Gloria Alden said...

Shari, I love your pictures. Did you get to kiss the Blarney Stone? I did. It was a little scary hanging upside down with someone holding my legs. We stopped at a pub in the morning to listen to a Celtic band (I love Celtic music) and I went to the bar to get a cup of coffee. The bartender asked if I wanted Irish coffee and I said "Yes," not knowing what Irish coffee was. Needless to say I didn't drink much of it. Another thing that mesmerized me in addition to the greenness everywhere were the doors in Dublin of the houses. We ate several meals while in Ireland before taking the ferry to Wales, and I always ordered coffee with my meal which they never delivered. When I'd ask, the waiter would smiled and say "Not to worry." In Ireland the coffee always came after the meal was finished. I really do want to go back to England,
Ireland and Scotland, but I don't think I'd ever want to drive over there. One of my Guppy
critique partners for almost ten years now lives in England, and I so want to meet her in person.

Art Taylor said...

Love your pictures--and love the story about driving! Tara and I honeymooned in Ireland, and anytime we talk about the trip, the terrors of driving always comes up. Even though we were always going well below the speed limit (with people irritated behind us), Tara still yelped several times as we made curves or passed through thin roads, holding our breaths as cars swooped past us in the other lane. It was an adventure! And glad you're having fun as well.

Kait said...

What a wonderful trip, Shari, and the photos are glorious! Sounds like you had a great time.

Julie Tollefson said...

Can you feel my envy? Ireland is at the top of my travel list. Your photos are wonderful, and even your scary driving stories won't dissuade me from going ... some day.