Day 1 – Arrival
We arrived at Dublin airport after the usual delay and caught the 747 to Connolly station from stop 1. From there it was just a short walk to the bus station. The 748 goes direct if you can catch that one. You need to buy your ticket from the machine by the bus stop.
The 747 is the bus to Tullow and you buy your ticket at the bus station. Quickly out of Dublin, it is a relaxing way to travel and very comfortable. We drove down quiet roads, through villages and past farms, stopping at a few places on the way. The 1 3/4 hour journey passed very quickly and we were soon deposited in Tullow square, early! We didn’t wait long before our hostess, Darina arrived to pick us up. We couldn’t have hoped for a better Irish welcome; having emailed each other it was like we were friends already.
We chatted on the way to the farm for our first b and b and were then shown our comfortable room. A welcome cup of tea was ready for us in the sitting room where Darina’s mum, Norrie, had laid a fire. Supper was soon ready and very welcome after our long journey. The highlight was home-made tart with fruits from the garden.
Darina moved to Ballinavortha House sixteen years ago with her mum, husband, sister and nephew. Four years was spent renovating the house before they could accept their first guests. The house has been lovingly restored and decorated with style. The garden complements it all very well.