Jody Halsted is a freelance writer with a mad passion for Ireland, her RV, and 'off the beaten path' travel.
Jody is a guest on the This Week in Travel Podcast with Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen, talking about family travel to Ireland.
Located in the farthest southwesterly bit of County Mayo as the mountains begin to drop toward the Killary Fjord, you’ll find the Uggool (O-ghoul) Valley. There are many places along Ireland’s west coast that claim remoteness as part of their charm but few can lay claim to directions that state ‘beyond the end of the road.’ Indeed, there is one way in and one way out of The Lost Valley, a fact which played more than a little part in the valley’s near timelessness and unchanged landscape.
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Jody’s guest is Gerard Bourke the 6th generation landowner in Uggool, County Mayo’s Lost Valley. He and his family welcome tourists to take a step back into Ireland’s past.
To compile the very best family road trip tips, I asked some of the most respected family travel bloggers to share their sanity saving tips for a successful road trip with kids.
Jody is talking with Corey Taratuta from Irish Fireside. Today, they are discussing the ins and outs of airports in Ireland. Learn what to expect and tips to make your life easier as you travel to and from Ireland.
It’s the county that inspired W.B. Yeats, yet Fáilte Ireland figures reveal it is the least visited county along the Wild Atlantic Way; the tourists that do find their way here pass through with quick glances through a window as they travel from Point A to Point B. With miles of inland and ocean water ways, magnificent megalithic sites, and natural wonders showing off in amazing abundance, there is plenty of reason to stay a few days to get outdoors & active in Sligo.
The protected peninsula of Rosses Point, reaching from Sligo like a small hand between Sligo Harbour and Drumcliff Bay, is a well known local holiday spot. The sandy beach, ocean-side golf course, and marina, draw families searching for an active, yet relaxing, break. Yeats Country Hotel, the only hotel at the end of the quiet peninsula, is a perfect spot for visitors looking to get off the tourist trail along the Wild Atlantic Way. Our three night stay gave us just a taste of this fabulous area and comfort of this full service hotel in Sligo....
One person who knows more than most about family vacations in Ireland is Jody Halsted, a travel expert from Iowa.
“Busy families want a memorable, magical family vacations in Ireland…not a one-size fits all coach tour”
Jody’s love affair with Ireland began when she was traveling solo. Traveling in Ireland with her husband and two children has only deepened her love of the country, she says.
Jody publishes Ireland Family Vacations, an online resource dedicated to Ireland family travel. Jody set up the website because of the number of questions she was asked by families wanting to experience the magic of Ireland. “They wrote to me asking for itinerary suggestions and recommendations,” she explains.
Jody is joined by Shane Leahy, owner of Ireland Chauffeur Travel. Ireland Chauffeur Travel offers driver guided tours in Ireland.
So what is the traveler to Ireland to do if they don’t want to do all the planning, but want to have a say in what they see and do?
You hire a driver guide!
Ireland Chauffeur Travel is a family owned and operated business based in Cashel, Tipperary and my first recommendation for a driver guide in Ireland.
Car rental is something I speak about with regularity, both here on Ireland Family Vacations and with travelers who are planning their Ireland vacation. The reason is simple: car rental in Ireland is not as ‘straight forward’ as it is in other countries. And if you aren’t prepared you may encounter a bit of sticker shock before you can take that car out onto the Irish roads.
The most remote county in the Republic of Ireland is receiving some much-deserved attention this year. National Geographic Traveller described Donegal as being “in a real sweet spot- off radar and hard to access, but on the cusp of a breakthrough.” And, as any good Star Wars fan knows, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi filmed on the Inishowen Peninsula last spring, which is sure to bring movie fans to the farthest northerly point of Ireland.
Our excursion, with My Next Adventure, was actually my first kayaking experience. A healthy respect for water coupled with seeing too many videos of kayaks turning upside-down had kept me from trying this sport. Mike Jones, owner and head guide, easily put my fears to rest as he led us through a quick ‘introduction to kayaking’ on land before settling us in our kayaks; my 11 year old in her own kayak, my 9 year old and I shared a kayak for two.