Belfast (Port)

(407km / c. 4 hrs 19 mins)

1.  Follow signs for M2 /  M1 / City Centre.  This will take you:
–¬†¬†east towards Dufferin Road
Р across a roundabout onto Pollock Road
Р onto Northern Road and across a roundabout
Р onto Herdman Channel Rd
Р onto Seal Rd
Р left onto Dargan Rd
Р to a roundabout where you get onto the M2 heading towards City Centre / M1 / M3 / Airport
2.  From the M2 at junction 1A (1.2 miles) take the M2 / A12 exit towards Belfast / Newcastle / M1
3.  Merge onto Nelson Street after 0.2 miles
4.  Merge onto A12 after 394 ft
5.  Continue onto M1
6.  After 8 miles take the A1 exit towards Sprucefield
7.  At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Hillsborough Rd / A1
8. ¬†continue on the A1 onto the M1 towards Dublin ¬†n.b. this is a toll road ‚ā¨1.80
9.  At Junction 1 exit onto the M50 southbound towards N2 / N3 / N4 / N7 / N11 / N81
– this road is a electronic toll road which must be paid by 8pm the following day. ¬†Call 1800 50 10 50 or go to¬†www.eflow.ie. ¬†You will need your car registration number and a credit card to pay. ¬†Cost for a car is currently ‚ā¨3.00
4.  At Junction 7 exit onto the N4 following signs for Galway / Sligo
5. ¬†2. ¬†This road becomes the M4. ¬†There is a toll on this road payable in Euros at the toll booth. ¬†‚ā¨2.70
3. ¬†At Junction 11 exit onto the M6 for Galway / Athlone. ¬†This road is a toll road payable in Euros at the toll booth. ‚ā¨1.80
4. Continue past Athlone, Ballinasloe, Loughrea and take the exit for Oranmore / N18.  (n.b. if you miss this exit carry on to the end of the motorway and then follow signs towards Limerick / N18.  This will bring you onto the same road)
5. Continue on the N18 passed Oranmore, through Clarinbridge until Kilcolgan (about 12km)
6.  In Kilcolgan turn RIGHT (just after the petrol station) onto the N67 towards Kinvarra / Ennistimon
7. ¬†Continue c.16km, through Ballinderreen, Kinvarra and then turn LEFT up the “Corker” hill and continue for 10km. ¬†
n.b. This junction is:
–¬† 6 km beyond Kinvarra
Р recognisable by the many signs at the base of it
Р is signed for Carron and Boston.   
(If you miss this turning either turn round or continue on round the coast on the N67, passed the school and then the church.  At Bell Harbour (the road bends sharply to the right at the junction) turn LEFT towards Carron and the Burren Perfumery.  At the T junction at the end of the road turn RIGHT and you are back on the road you would have been on.)
8.  On the way you will pass: 
–¬†a right turn for ‘Bell Harbour & Ballyvaughan
– two more right turns
Рthrough a small unsigned village (Turlough)
– Cusack’s football pitch on the left – a big grey wall with plants growing up it and flood lights behind
Рthrough a cutting in the rock where the road bends sharply.  This brings you into our valley
– two 2-storey houses close together
– a small white bungalow
9. Then turn RIGHT onto the gravel road 
10.  Turn RIGHT at the T-junction opposite the white bungalow
11.  Keep right when the road splits.  n.b. please be careful on this corner as this is a two way road
12.  You will find us in the blue cottage on the right