Travelled: 111 kilometres from Clogherhead to Dublin
Stayed: Red Cow Park-n-Ride, €4 no services. N53.31600, W06.36820
Budget: 35 days @ €75 per day
We spend two nights in Clogherhead, the first very quiet the second not so. Our first evening is spent watching the seals bob up here then there. It was very entertaining. There is no pub here unfortunately but there are some excellent reviews of the seafood chowder from the Fisherman’s Co-Op.
So it’s the chowder and chips for dinner. The chowder was excellent home style. I thought the chips were the best I’ve had in Ireland, not that we have chips that often. Pam has some maintenance issues to attend to so we drive into nearby Drogheda. We have a wedding to attend in Santorini in a few days and the mother of the groom doesn’t want to appear as though she has been living in a camper-car for 5 weeks.
No point driving into Dublin mid-afternoon so we pop back to Clogherhead for another night. It’s a warm evening and cars are coming and going down to the quay till late, just after mid-night two of the fishing boats load up and head for open water waking us again. It’s free here and some disturbance occasionally is part of wild camping.
So we say goodbye to Clogherhead and drive south for Dublin. Making a quick stop at the Blue long term parking at Dublin airport (we plan to leave the Hymer there for a week whilst we fly to Santorini) to check how it looks for security. After some delay due to traffic on the ring road we park at the Red Cow P&R.
Map of Dublin, icon indicates Red Cow P&R
Most of the free stops on our data-base for Dublin have some bad reviews, particularly recently as it is high season. Our friends Ian and Jo stayed at the Red Cow last year and recommended it. Parking at Red Cow and a day ticket (for two persons) on the Luas light rail is €14.50. The trip to central Dublin takes about 30 minutes and a tram leaves every 10 minutes.
Dublin’s top tourist stop on any list is Trinity College with it’s Book of Kells and the Long Room (my apologies to the Lager Lads who may argue the Temple Bar is #1).
After Pam enjoys a little retail therapy and I listen to some street music in the Grafton St mall, by now it’s late lunch time.