Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Last week I lectured at both Bangor University (to students on the E Publishing Course) and the University of Ireland, Galway (students studying for an MA in Literature and Publishing) with only a day in between. I could have separated these two trips a by taking a day return to Bangor and flying in and out of Shannon Airport but both would have made over-long days and a risky travel timetable. I thought long and hard about the best way to do this, asked lots of advice from people who knew the routes well, and also deliberated whether to drive or not.
In the end I took a different route using planes, trains, automobiles and the ferry, and I’m documenting the route here in case anyone else has the same dilemma. This route can also be done in reverse, depending on your arrangements.
Train – Euston to Bangor
10 minute walk from station or take a taxi
Stay overnight in Bangor
Train – Bangor to Holyhead (Ticket Bangor to Dublin sail rail)
Ferry – Holyhead to Dublin
Bus from the Ferry Port to Dublin Centre
Bus or Train to Galway
(Do ensure you take the fast bus; the other ones take between 3 and 5 hours)
Stay overnight in Galway
Bus to Shannon airport
Fly back to London
Above all, as well as it being a successful lecture tour, it felt like an adventure and not like work at all. I’d happily make the same arrangements again. Plus everyone was so welcoming and friendly, next time I plan to stay longer.