We have a couple of visitors coming over within the next month so have a few day trips and a couple of overnights planned. The base will be our home up here above Lough Derg and along with the days out there will be walks in the forestry a picnic up by the local hill pool, a couple of drinks in the local pub and probably a barbeque with a few neighbours.
Week One, with the Daughter and Granddaughter starts picking them up in Dublin off the ferry. Back along the M4/6 possibly dropping down to Clonmacnoise on the way back across.
Sunday maybe skip mass (as usual) and indulge in an Ulster fry to set the day off. Trip out to Portumna for a walk in the forest park to work off breakfast, call in at the Castle to see how the masters lived then to the newly opened workhouse to see how the other half existed. I would think food in the Ferry but will save that for another day and have something light in the Bee Hive café.
Day of rest farmers Monday just hang around maybe bake some bread and scones with young Lydia have a picnic if the weathers right.
Tuesday, across to the Galway Kennels dropping through Peterswell for the views and leave the dog for the day whilst we head to Doolin. Combi ferry Inis Oirr and Cliffs cruise with O’Brian’s . Pick the dog up and an evening walk round Coole Park. Meal in O’Gradys before heading back up the Slieve.
Wednesday, Loughrea, take the dog a walk in Kylebrack woods before taking Lydia to the playground and a bit of shopping.
Thursday a day out to Birr. Wander round the Castle grounds get some cheap fuel finish the weekly shop.
Friday Bunratty Folk Park get there early before the bus’s then Quin Abbey for an hour before heading to Ennis and Brogan’s Bacon and Cabbage. Friday night Pub night Guinness and craic at the local ceili in O’Connors.
Saturday nothing much again just take things easy and sort out a barbeque.
Sunday over to Dublin, Killmanham Gaol, Dublin Zoo other bits and pieces before the drop off at the ferry.
Week 2. A different week altogether starting off by collecting the step father and his partner from Knock Airport after their flight from Liverpool. Probably on Tuesday, and with Pat’s interests take her and Chris to the Shrine and Basilica (have to remember the bottle for the Holy water) Face the traffic in Tuam and head cross the bog through Athenry and Loughrea and settle them into Cartron House for the night.
Wednesday, start a short tour so Bill can see Waterford Crystal and Pat can see the Rock of Cashel. Kilkenny as the first call only a couple of hours away through Birr and Roscrea Although we may stop off at Birr Castle if the weather is good. Kilkenny Castle and the Cathedral might be about it with a bite to eat and down to Waterford for the night.
Thursday. Waterford Crystal and a quick look around before heading for Cashel. Tour of the Rock, scaffold and all (makes no difference to the experience). More than likely have to skip Cahir and head for Ennis and Brogans Thursday session before getting back late.
Friday. More peaceful day Loughrea for the Cathedral and a wander around town me and Bill up to the Dartfield Horse Museum to look at the classic cars whilst the girls do horse history.
Saturday. Lough Derg take the drive down the side of the lough to Killaloe/Ballina for a spot of lunch and a wander around before heading up to Feakle for the Trad Fest.
Sunday. Galway and Connamara, bit of a full day calling into the Heritage centre on the way into Galway whilst the shops open take Bill into Freeney’s for a decent bottle of the Irish whiskey grab lunch in Busker Brownes and head for Clifden via Kylemore Abbey.
Monday I had planned a day on the Aran’s but I think the schedule might be a bit tight so will see what the weather brings and maybe stay in Spiddel rather than Clifden on Sunday night.
Tuesday , a flight back from Shannon so the Burren and coast drive is on the cards either on the way to the airport or coming back after dropping them off.
Of course all this is subject to change.