Friday, July 15, 2022

Ireland and Scotland 2022

We had visited Ireland in 2007 and 2015. With a new Toohig we thought we needed to go back in 2019. It turned out that the littlest Toohig wasn't up to the trip so we slipped it to 2020. And you know what happened then.

Finally in July 2022, we were able to make the trip. We tried to hit some of our favorite places and add some new ones. And this time we finished it off with a couple of days in Scotland.

After a 1 1/2 hour delay departing ATL due to a lavatory leak, we flew into Dublin and rented a 9 passenger Ford Transport from Enterprise. It even held all our luggage!

A new stop for us was the Rock of Cashel. After a quick lunch, we spent an hour or so exploring and soaking in the views.

Our destination for the next three days was the Galley Head Lighthouse near Clonakilty. There is Twohig family nearby and of course Red Strand Beach.

We spent an afternoon exploring nearby Clonakilty and saw the Western Cork Model Railway Village, the Clonakilty distillery and The Whale's Tail Bistro.

Two wonderful Irishmen helped us with a blowout on the Transport.

We should have taken them to O'Dononvan's Bar for a cold one. Well, maybe a warm one in Ireland.

A new sight for us was the Ring of Kerry and especially the Staigue Stone Fort and Derrynane Abbey. With a little planning, we hit it at low tide.

The Shores Country House is always a MUST for us along with Spillane's on Stradbally.

On the way out from Castlegregory, we doubled back to the waterfall on Conor Pass and saw a rainbow!

Some of us hadn't been to the Cliffs of Moher before so after a ferry ride we stopped by there on the way to The Lodge at Ashford Castle.

We enjoyed the falconry and trail riding and added walking the Irish Wolfhounds at the Castle. We had another birthday lunch in the Castle's drawing room and wandered around in nearby Cong.

We drove what was left of the Transport back to Dublin and took Ryanair to Edinburgh.

John Mowbray met us at the Edinburgh airport and transported us to Cheval Old Town Chambers on the Royal Mile. John took us on a walking tour of the Old Town with lots of Harry Potter information.

We found a great gelato shop and visited there every day. We explored the Real Mary King's Close Underground and Edinburgh Castle.

Then we had a crazy return trip on Delta. We will be forever grateful for Global Entry.

Here are the GPS logs of our driving and some highlights from the dashcam.

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