I traveled to Ireland in June 2018. I absolutely love Ireland, the scenery is pastoral with its many shades of green, its towns are charming and colourful, and the Irish are friendly and hospitable. It’s no wonder that the Gaelic expression “cead mile failte” which means “one hundred thousand welcomes” truly applies in Ireland.

The 2018 trip included a few days in Dublin, a trip by train to Tralee, County Kerry to visit friends and to revisit Killarney National Park. I went on to travel to Listowel where I took in several events related to their Writers’ Week. I traveled by bus from Listowel to Westport, Westport to Letterkenny and Letterkenny to Donegal. From Donegal I went by bus to Sligo where I caught a train back to Dublin.

Bus and train travel throughout Ireland is very efficient and comfortable and I highly recommend it as a way to get around. No need to adjust to driving on the left-hand side of the road along narrow roadways. I’ve heard that some people take to it like a fish to water, and others white knuckle it the whole time! I decided not to tempt fate and figure out which kind of driver I was.