40 Shades of Green

No, this is not the announcement that I’m writing an erotic novel 🙂 Rather it is an ode to Ireland with special mention of Ireland Walk Hike Bike – the folks who made not one but two trips to Ireland so memorable.


In 2012 my husband and I enjoyed ten days of hiking and golfing in the beautiful surroundings of Ireland’s southwest region and the Dingle peninsula. From Blasket Islands to intimate Irish pubs and golf amidst breathtaking settings, we enjoyed the green landscape and hospitality of Ireland. Yes, we had rain but sunshine invariably followed making the land even more entrancing. Yes, hiking was tiring but there was always a nearby pub to offer refreshment.


Forty shades of green is what our 2016 host Maurice of Ireland Walk Hike Bike told me. I had mistakenly said thirty, clearly an understatement of Ireland’s charms! On this occasion we travelled primarily to golf with three other couples. Imagine the logistics of all those suitcases, golf bags and people to coordinate – it went off without a hitch. Tralee, Ballybunnion, Waterville, Old Head, Royal County Down and The Island Golf Club were our ports of call, but beyond golf, this second trip also included charming hotels, delicious meals, beautiful scenery and warm hospitality.

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If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit Ireland, I encourage you to do so. And if you’re searching for right company to organize it all for you, choose Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

Who knows, I might write a novel set in Ireland’s turbulent history. There’s certainly a lot of material choose from and an excuse for another trip!

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union on August 16, 2016. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

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6 Responses

  1. I love Ireland, and yes, my novel is set there:):) So, thank you for the recommendation and next trip I will certainly keep this in mind…

  2. I’m more familiar with Dublin and the surrounding area, where I lived for a while, but that western part (the Dingle Peninsula and espeically the Burren) is my favourite part of Ireland 🙂

    Beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I love Ireland! My granddad lives there so I’ve been back to visit several times – Tralee is gorgeous! That would be one heck of a job writing historical fiction set in Ireland, such crazy history it’d be a job and a half to pick through it! (But totally worth it!)

  4. We’ve traveled to a lot of places but Ireland is still my favorite. I’d love to get back and get into the north, maybe take the ferry across to Scotland. So much history amidst such singularly beautiful country.

  5. Oh! I want to go there so bad…especially to County Clare. One day, I’ll go there and walk the paths my characters might’ve walked. Thank you for sharing, Mary. It sounds heavenly!

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