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Ireland - Northern Ireland - Ferries and Grasses Courses
CEL's web editor, Judith Allinson writes (12 May): " Having just returned from a fortnight in Northern Ireland (work -teaching a Grasses Course) and The Burren in Ireland (holiday) I am now busy updating this website.
I will tell you a little about the trip - to show it is possible to get to Ireland easily without flying. - and that it IS POSSIBLE just to buy the rail-ferry ticket on the day of travel at the British railway station or the Belfast Ferry.
I went by ferry.. Stranraer-Belfast. buying a bargain combined train and ferry ticket to Belfast ( £39) from my local railway station. I bought a through ticket back on the day of my return at the brand new ferry terminal at Belfast (They moved on 7 May out to the exit of the loch at Belfast - specially for me! )
Most people were surprised when I said I did not fly or drive to get there. It does cost in time. And I wonder how energy efficient these superfast ferries really are. The film Mr Bean on the ferry was great! I went Settle - Carlisle - Stranraer - Belfast- Belfast Youth Hostel (overnight) - then Bus to Enniskillen and Derrygonnelly.
For overland transport enquiries see The Man in Seat Sixty-One "
Grass Identification Course at Derrygonnelly:-
Holiday in the Burren in early May
Actually the BBC website suggests it is MOST environmentally friendly to holiday near home... and if you have to go abroad, Benidorm is a good option
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