The Wild Side of Ireland
I’d been in Ireland for a week. A few days sitting behind a computer at a blogging conference, a few days milling about smartly at a travel conference. I was ready to leave the city and see the wild side of Ireland.
The Mister and I discussed the irresponsibility of traveling in Ireland when we still had a flat full of unpacked boxes and tons of unfinished work to do. We hemmed and hawed about the cost of his flight to meet me, the additional food and hotel expense and decided none of it mattered. I was already in Ireland and we’d been apart for a week.
After 22 years of military deployments, we learned that we are better together than we are apart and we missed each other.
I had a lengthy conversation at the conference with someone from Failte_Ireland about their new project, the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic driving route that runs along the Atlantic coast of Ireland from Kinsale to Donegal (or Donegal to Kinsale). It sounded perfect. Wild (I needed a good dose of the outdoors). Atlantic (The Mister and his oceans). Way (Ya, I got nothing here).
Lovely little Kinsale, with its brightly colored cottages and strong maritime history was a perfect starting place for our trip.
We spent the night in a little Bed and Breakfast in Kinsale, parked illegally in a church parking lot (praying that God would forgive me and/or we wouldn’t get towed) and stuffing our faces full of fresh seafood. The mussels were so fresh, they tasted like the ocean. Highly recommend. We wandered the rainy, foggy little streets after dinner, listened to music floating from the pub windows and planned an early start for our first day along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Stay tuned for more fun and photos.
Things to Know
The southern starting point for the 2500km long Wild Atlantic Way is Kinsale, County Cork. County Donegal is the starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way in the North.
The drive form Dublin to Kinsale was 4 hours, plus additional time for sightseeing and a stop at Nellie’s along the way. Cork is the closest airport to Kinsale and has daily, direct flights from Europe via Air Lingus and Ryan Air (seasonal).
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