Two Weeks in Ireland – Our Irish Holiday

| September 23, 2012

Our chosen path to explore beautiful Ireland

When I travel I try to engage all of my senses to maximize the impression of a place. So as I sit here preparing to chronicle our recent Irish holiday for you, I am listening to music by Tommy O’Sullivan. Tommy owns a pub on the Dingle Peninsula and he played traditional music for us in an old church with a few of his friends. Having heard him in person, all I need to do now is play his music to transport myself back to the beautiful place called Ireland.

Frankly, I did not know what expect from our visit beyond the beautiful scenery I have seen in countless photographs. In the end, our trip to Ireland went far beyond beautiful scenery to expose us to a place rich with pride, tradition, simplicity and warmth. Yes, even when it was raining.

Leaving for Ireland

It’s go time Ireland

Our Irish Holiday Begins

Our 5:50pm departure to Ireland was fraught with uncertainty. A looming cabin crew strike at Lufthansa made it tough to know if we would be able to keep the schedule I had so carefully planned. With undying optimism I was determined that it would all work out, and it did. The strike was delayed a day, which enabled us to get out of Denver without a hitch, but I knew we would fly into the strike in Frankfurt a day later. Fortunately the strike in Frankfurt ended for the day at 1pm and we were set to fly at 4:10pm to Dublin. Thankfully, we made it to Dublin at about 6:30pm, which was only a half hour late. We were good to go!

Liscara House B&B

Our flight recovery point just outside of Dublin

As you can see from the numbered map above, we only stayed near Dublin one night, which was to rest before embarking on an 1,100 mile trip by car around the country. Before leaving Denver, I received an email from the original B&B I had booked for the first night that said that they had made an error in the booking and did not have a room for us. Little did I know that the Notre Dame/Navy game was being played in Dublin that weekend and everything was full. Well not everything. The owner of the B&B was able to call another B&B a few minutes away and secure a place for us for the night. It was called Liscara House and it was simply perfect.

The moral of the story here is to send a quick email to your B&Bs to confirm that your reservation has been recorded correctly. And, if you are ever in a jam for a place to stay, be sure to ask the B&B owners for help. B&Bs are everywhere in Ireland and there seems to be a network between them that will increase your odds of working through infrequent booking errors.

Getting to the B&B was our first adventure in the rental car. I planned to stay close to the airport outside the busy circle of Dublin so I could quickly get used to driving on the left side of the road. To reduce the stress of driving in a new place, I had simulated the drive with Google Maps before we even left the US. The plan worked perfectly. After driving to the B&B and to dinner at a pub in Malahide that night, Donna and I were ready to take on the rest of the country.

After a restful night’s sleep we had a wonderful breakfast at the B&B and spoke briefly with the B&B owners. The friendly Irishman who welcomed us made a few jokes to begin sharpening our wit for the trip to come. We did not feel like customers of a B&B as much as friends that were passing through town. Upon our departure, he said, “You are a happy man and you should hold onto her,” referring to Donna. I confirmed that I was as told him I would do just that!

We then navigated our rental car to the the motorway for a five-hour trip to County Kerry in the southwest corner of Ireland. So, next I will write about the Muckross House, which is where we stopped on our way to Kenmare for a night before driving around the Ring of Kerry.

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  1. ABarlow says:

    Man, what an awesome scene. Really hope one day I’ll get to go to that place. It’s tops on my list!

  2. Lee says:

    Thanks Aaron. It is an awesome place with 360 degrees of beauty!