Subject: Re: Northwest Ireland
Hi Nancy and other Ziners planning a visit to Ireland,

The northern part of Ireland is spectacular but not off the tourist track. We visited in September at the end of tourist season and were told, when we were in Galway, that the place is generally quite busy in the summer months. The Irish, along with countless North Americans visit there. When in Galway, you can ferry or hydrofoil over to the Aran Islands which are well worth a visit.

Sligo is a lovely spot with lots of bridges over the river from which you can see the swans. Clifden is another pretty town. The Donegal coast is gorgeous.

You may want to contact the Irish Tourist Board for accommodation information ahead of time. It may limit your freedom to have pre-bookings but will give you peace of mind that you'll have a bed to sleep in. Many Irish from the North have cottages in the Republic close to the border and often rent them out. We have family in the North and they tell us this is not uncommon.

Lucy in Toronto