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Searching for the Perfect Scone on your Ireland Roadtrip

22 Aug Posted by in Europe, Ireland, Road Trip | Comments
Searching for the Perfect Scone on your Ireland Roadtrip
 

Carrick-a-rede, Ireland
Image Credits: Alan Bruce

Let’s just jump right in by saying you’ve never had a scone unless you’ve been to Ireland…or unless you know someone from Ireland who has made you scones. (Well, if you’re FROM the Emerald Isle that would be another exception, of course.)

A true scone has the moist decadence of a biscuit which makes perfect sense as both have history rooted in farm life. A road trip through Ireland is well worth the cost of the flight. If you do nothing but eat a scone in every village from Drogheda on the East coast to the County Sligo on the Northwest coast, you’re life will be richer and more complete.

Get off your flight and promptly get a rental car. Be aware that as many international flights arrive at the crack of dawn and most, although not all, rental car establishments do not open until seven a.m. you may have a wait. If you’re from the United States or are otherwise unfamiliar with the driving, it can be daunting to say the least. The roads are as narrow as people say; this is a fact and not a tourists’ “fish tale”. You must be a vigilant driver as the cars move at a brisk pace! Ah alas, the kind patient demeanor of the Irish people comes through best on the road with hardly a sideways look. It’s always good car etiquette, however, to pull off to the side and allow people to go by. Just be careful as most roads have little or no shoulder to speak of.

Irish Scones
Image Credits:Stu Spivack

By car every village awaits you! Meander and take in each nook of the small streets. You’ll be amazed and bewildered that the roads transform from sprawling vistas peppered with sheep and then suddenly lead you directly through a village of six storefronts. In nearly every village you’ll find a butcher, a baker and at least two pubs. What more could you ask for in life? Grab a supply of scones to fuel your gastronomic journey, such an easy snack to eat on the road. The most common flavors are plain and fruit. Fruit scones are generally with Sultanas, white raisins. Every village and every baker has a specialty from cherry to orange.

Evening housing is generally quite easy to come by so feel free to have the ultimate adventure and play it by ear from day to day. There are countless hotels and, of course, bed & breakfasts. Meander for the day and then stop at whichever B&B strikes your fancy. From Dublin take a quick side trip to the County Meath and visit Hill of Tara in Navan. Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site sine the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. Attractions include an audio-visual show and guided tours of the site. Readers should note, though, that this location has limited access for people with disabilities.

If you’re able to go north, the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede (Antrim) is spectacular. While you’re north do not miss Giant’s Causeway where a natural formation of thousands of tightly packed basalt hexagon columns jet up from the shores. It’s no wonder it’s a Natural Heritage site. If you’re looking for a farmhouse B&B the Mulligans’ hospitality is incomparable. Their B&B, Ave Marie Farmhouse in Templeboy in County Sligo, is a working farm with over 500 milking cows. The rooms are modest and the breakfast is anything but—the potato cake (a tasty unlevened bread which is cooked on the griddle) is amazing! Do not miss the Aran Islands; a day of biking the island of Inishmor is good for the soul.

Your road trip awaits and with a little planning but even more spontaneity adventure is a guarantee! History, castles, snuggly wool blankets, Guinness, sprawling vistas, waves crashing on cliffs and so much more—all await you in Ireland!


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