Golfing and Travel in Ireland and Scotland - July 2015
When traveling from the east coast it’s about 6 hours to Ireland, 7 to Scotland. If you leave in the evening you can reset your schedule/internal clock pretty quick by doing the following: Have a light dinner either just before or early on the plane. Watch something “light” or read and then get 4-5 hours of sleep. Have your morning routine handy (toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, facewash) and have a little breakfast, then “freshen up”. If possible get an early check-in at your hotel, drop your bags and get settled into your room. Then hit the road and have a plan to spend the late morning and afternoon exploring your local location.Keep yourself busy with exciting and interesting attractions to keep yourself going. Have a light dinner and go to sleep early and sleep for 8-10 hours. You will sleep well! And viola - by the morning you will be set to make the most of your time in Europe and ready for golf!
Some golf terms to know: Golf Carts are called Buggies, and Golf Pull-Carts are called Trollies. There is an expectation to walk on most courses – which was fine by us!
Last point regarding Ireland travel. There are some terrific west-coast golf courses that we did not get a chance to play like Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee and Old Head. Soooo we are already planning a "mulligan" trip - but this time flying into Shannon and enjoying west coast golf. If you are planning an Ireland trip we recommend flying into Dublin and out of Shannon and giving yourself about 10 days to enjoy the entire country! Besides golf there is much to see including the Cliffs of Morher and the Ring of Kerry, and many a castle including Blarney.