The Giants Causeway and Southward Journey to Eniskillan

We decided to have a bit of a rest this morning and didn’t have breakfast until 9am.

Called everyone at home via Skype (only way to go with wifi access) or least those we could. After breakfast we set off to find the Giant’s Causeway in our first wet day. It was showering when we arrived at the causeway but it stopped raining for the time we were actually down at the causeway.

Not good for pictures but never the less it was well worth seeing.

After a spot of shopping in the gift shop (grandma at it again) we set off south via Londonderry and wound up for the night at Fort Lodge Hotel in Eniskillan. Hotel is very comfortable but we are all gasping, as with everywhere else we have stayed the heating is up very high.

It was the same in America all the hotels and stores are overheated. At least we can open the window in the room.

We had a very nice dinner in the bar and Ian had a couple of Guinness’s. Tomorrow we head to Limerick

Scotland to Northern Ireland

Back online after few days Intenet mostly available but didn’t access for a few days(withdrawls). Will upload a number of days notes from Ireland now

Set off from Dan and Jeanette’s after a very hearty cooked breakfast. Drove to Stranraer to board the ferry arriving at 12noon and ferry due to begin boarding at 12.30pm.

We had to wait in the holding area until 1.15pm then we boarded in a very organised and orderly fashion. We booked the premium fare which gave us access to the premier lounge where complimentary tea coffee, juices and snacks were available.

We were able to order lunch which was very nice. I had internet access so was able to catch up on email banking etc while we made the 1hour 50 minute journey to Belfast.

We arrived in Belfast and we had disembarked before 5pm and set of in a northerly direction after a driving through Belfast city centre for a look. We found a very nice hotel at Ballymena no dinner needed after latish lunch on board.

We turned in early as has become the usual for us. Heading to Giants Causway tomorrow, our driver is holding up well.

Enskillian Northern Ireland to Limerick

Set off for as far south as we could get today and we were aiming for Limerick with a stopover for lunch in Galway. Rained on and off today but the scenery was still very interesting. The rain let up long enough for us to have a look around Galway city centre and coffee in a shopping centre. Mum did some shopping and we were on our way again. Arrived in Limerick at about four pm and booked into the Two Mile Inn just outside the main town area. It was very comfortable and reasonably priced. No WiFi. I am having withdrawals. Tomorrow we are planning to get to Killarney but via the Cliffs of Mohor which will mean a back tracking a bit.
Din;t visit any major sights today just driving to get as far south as possible or we will run out of time

Trip Outline Europe 2008

Leave Sydney at approx 6pm Saturday 15th March flying Qantas. Hour and half break at Changi Airport Singapore(Refuel)…Arrive London 6.30am 16th March….5 days exploring London staying at Comfort Inn Kensington(see left photo) …

Pick up car and set off to explore England and Ireland, hopefully Scotland as well.

Hire car for two weeks(see map) before flying from London to Rome. Four days in Rome staying at Windrose Hotel(photo right) near Termini. Leave Rome by train to Pisa, Florence, Venice, Milan, Lyon, and Dijon then on to Paris for four days. Fly Paris to London. Last night in London staying at St Giles Hotel Heathrow. Fly home on the 19th April arriving Sydney 7pm 2)th April