Hey my loves,
I am back home from a beautiful two week trip in Ireland. It was everything I was hoping for and more! I am excited to share with my loves about my experience. From driving, eating and just enjoying all that Ireland had to offer me.
My friend of 40 years and I decided to rent a car and venture out on our own to see all of Irelands beauty. And oh my, it was more intense than I thought it would be to drive on the left side of the road, while driving in the right side of the vehicle! My first thought as I was driving so cautiously was what was I thinking… I just kept going and telling myself what my dad had told me plenty of times, I can do it! Our 4 hour trip turned into a 6 hour trip to our first destination due to so many wrong turns off their roundabouts (lol it started getting a little humorous to us!). When we finally arrived at our B&B deBarra Lodge in Rosscarberry, I remember taking a deep breath and thanking sweet Jesus. We made it through our first day driving in Ireland!
Waking up the next morning feeling refreshed, I was ready to start our journey to explore Southern Ireland. Our fabulous host, Sinead, offered us a full Irish breakfast or her fresh baked goods (my favorite was the baked goods!). She gave us some really great points to visit and do’s and don’ts of driving in Ireland, which helped me tremendously. After a nice breakfast (her delish scones with fresh jam) and getting some helpful ideas we decided to head out to enjoy our true first day of sight seeing. Still feeling a little tense but was determined I was not going to let anything stop me from enjoying my trip. And I did just that! Driving to the most southern point of Ireland Crookhaven, Maxine Head and Barley Cove was absolutely some of the most breath taking scenery I had ever seen. In the country hilly side, we would stop to look at little picturesque villages and eat their famous fish and chips, fish pie or their Guinness beef Stew. The flavors were magical. Southern Ireland was the perfect way to introduce me to their beautiful Island.
With a little nervousness, but feeling more confident, I was ready to drive to our next destination: The Atlantic Wild Way. We headed out early, in hopes of arriving at our next B&B before dark. It was taking us a little longer due to the rain and the roads getting smaller as we got closer to the Atlantic! We finally arrived early evening, hungry and tired at RossRoe B&B in Cashel. Greeted. with great hospitality by Sylvain, our host, he graciously made us feel at home. One of the best parts for me staying there was that upon reservation they will cook for you, and although we had no reservations Sylvain still cooked us up a delicious meal. It was a great way for us to end our tiresome day.
After our breakfast Sylvain had prepared for us, we were ready to explore the Wild Atlantic Way that I had read and heard so much about! As I was driving on this one lane country road, I could not believe the views that were surrounding me… absolutely gorgeous! I was truly enjoying this beautiful place called Ireland even more. We treated ourselves to horseback riding on the beach, walked through some of the most amazing villages in the Connemara area and the beautiful beaches in our four nights stay in this area. But, our time has come for us to leave this beautiful place and head out to our next adventure in Northern Ireland.
The drive to our next stay went well! Wider roads, weather was good and not that long of a drive and probably feeling more confident on driving made it easier too. Arriving late afternoon we were greeted by the owners of Spice Cottages in Dungannon, a self catering place. An ideal place to end our last four nights. Excited to see what it had to offer us, we headed out for our first day to the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The views were just stunning! Our next couple of days were relaxing just enjoying all the surrounding villages and sight seeing. Yes, we had to stop and let the sheep pass by. I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie! As much as I didn’t want our Ireland vacay to come to an end, I was ready to be with my loves back home.
Packed up and ready to drop the rental car off I was feeling anxious! What a relief though, the rental place made it so easy and fast we were in and out…. Wow! what a relief I felt and I couldn’t believe I just drove two weeks in Ireland. None the less, I did it, and have the upmost confidence and faith you will be able to as well! Just remember to tell yourself: I can do this! The rest, as they say is history! Just soak all the views in and make sure to indulge yourself with all the amazing dishes they have to offer.
With Love, Catherine
P.S. If you are planning a trip to Ireland drop me a line, I would enjoy helping you plan your amazing trip!