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Skip motorway service stations for hidden gems offline

Pól Ó Conghaile


'Online' service stations are convenient. But much richer experiences await just a few minutes 'offline'...

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FE McWilliam Gallery, at Banbridge. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

FE McWilliam Gallery, at Banbridge. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

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FE McWilliam Gallery, at Banbridge. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

I used to view motorway drives as an A-to-B issue, something to simply get done. As slow and local travel guides my outings more and more, however, I'm trying to vary my stops.

Instead of grabbing sad sambos at 'online' service stations, I've been searching maps and social media for pit-stops within a few miles of the main road.

It's paying off.