Prior to this trip, I’ve never driven on the left side of the road. I’ve been in countries where they do, and I honestly didn’t think it was something I was brave enough to tackle. I’m happy to say that I not only tried it, but I drove us all over Ireland and Northern Ireland driving on the opposite side!
[The black line shows you the path we took all over the island – starting in Dublin and ending in Belfast!]
I wish there was at least a little bit of video footage of my mom & me in the car. Between maneuvering the narrowest roads I’ve ever seen to flinching while passing huge buses and trucks to accidentally reading the upside down “NO ENTRY” sign on road (which wasn’t intended for me) and screaming that I was going the wrong way, it was a wild adventure! My mom must’ve said “Stay to the Left!” AT LEAST 250 times during our roadtrip!
The first day, I posted this picture on facebook:
One of the comments from a family friend was, “Don’t hit a wall.” When I read it, I thought, “What?!” Then I started driving, and I realized it was the best advice anyone could’ve given me. Many of these narrow roads had walls or thick hedges without a median as a buffer. In some cases, there was a high curb on either side. Even scarier were the cyclists, mamas pushing strollers, and runners attempting to enjoy the same narrow road as me and the other (sometimes) HUGE vehicles! We were practically driving in the bushes at least a couple of times!
I know these pictures won’t exactly do it justice, but my mama took a lot of them trying to showcase the narrow roads and the ‘elements’ we were facing on either side!