First off, I am going to refer to both The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as simply ‘Ireland’ from here on out.
This blog post is quite overdue, but client photos come before personal ones, so here we are, 6 months after returning from Ireland, with a bunch of photos to show. This will be a long post because I am having a very hard time cutting photos.
Our journey to Ireland was a full day late and fraught with problems, but that’s what you get when you fly United Airlines. We arrived late, tired, and ready to move on from our issues. Through some good luck and a girl at Dooley’s car rental who had just quit and allowed me to use a photo of my license, we managed to get a rental car. Our little Nissan Micra was a pretty good car and I wondered why they wouldn’t sell it in Canada. Just last week I learned that they are being released here and will be the least expensive car in the country at under $10,000. I would really like one, but unless someone is going to give me about $12,000 for my ’09 Corolla, it’s not happening right now.
I picked up driving on the other side of the road rather quickly and had no driving issues during the trip that I can recall. I actually really liked driving on the other side, I found it comfortable, especially since I typically drive with my left hand and can put my right arm out the window. I should also add that it was imperative to me to rent an automatic transmission, I have never driven stick and had no intention of learning in a foreign country. If you plan on going to Ireland (which you should), and want an automatic transmission in your rental car, be sure to reserve in in advance.
Our route around Ireland and Northern Ireland began in Kildare with Andrew and Ciara’s wedding, then continued to Killarney. From there we hugged the West coast North to Doolin and cut across to Donegal before crossing into Northern Ireland to Bushmills and the Giant’s Causeway. We then followed the coastal drive down through Belfast back toward Dublin.
I really enjoyed the entire trip, but a few highlights would have to be the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Giant’s Causeway, and the Dark Hedges. Robyn says that she can tell how much I like a place by the amount of time I spend photographing it, and if that’s the case, those highlights are certainly at the top of my list in Ireland.
My best meal of the trip was at Durty Nelly’s (the original one, there’s another here in Halifax), and Robyn’s best meal was at Ladies View cafe on the Ring of Kerry. We stopped at pubs for dinner most dinners and lunches, and we had a good experience just about everywhere.
Isla ways have a special place in my heart for Ireland, especially the Giant’s Causeway and the majesty of place you feel when you are walking around there. There’s no way to explain the feeling you get walking with the cliffs above you and the waves crashing below. You simply need to go there.
I might come back and write more later, but for now, this is my abridged version. Below are a some of my favourite photos from our second, and not likely our last trip to Ireland.
Side Note, I am considering putting some of these up for sale on my new Etsy shop, so let me know if you have any interest.