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Hi my wife and I are planning Ireland tour for about 10 days mid june. We are in our early 60,s and happy to drive ourselves and also do some trekking either day trips or couple days staying overnight in nice lodges/---mod treks up to 10--12 km per day ideal.
Would appreciate any suggestions of must sees and do,s over this time. What would the weather be like and any good tour operators we could liase with locally
Thanks mooky

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    Hello there!

    The weather in June should be fairly nice and warm - for Ireland at least (!) anywhere from 20-30 degrees although this will fluctuate and more than likely downwards!! Ireland does tend to have about 5 weather types in one day – so the best advice is to layer up and have light rain gear to hand too – umbrellas are generally useless against the onslaught of Ireland’s winds! Nowhere else will you see the sun splitting the rocks while you are being drenched by a rain shower!! : )

    In terms of what to see - the highlights are endless : )
    Dublin City is over a 1,000 years old it a real mix of old and new and a great base to take day trips to Glendalough in Wicklow - lots of nice trials there or Newgrange in Meath.

    Waterford City on Ireland’s south-east coast is 1100 years old this year (it was founded by the Vikings) so there is lots going on in terms of festivals etc

    The West of Ireland is lovely –

    Clare has the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin town and the Burren

    Mayo has Achill Island - again good walks there remote and very beautiful

    Galway City is lively, the Aran Islands off the Galway coast offer a very uniquely Irish experience - traditional and just stunning, and Connemara is a must and Kylemore Abbey should not be missed

    Kerry’s Dingle Town is great - good traditional music and wonderful food – the nearby Slea Head Drive is a stunning route to follow

    Ireland may look small – and it is – but country roads can be narrow and certain routes busy with tour buses and/or waiting for sheep and cows to move on – so give yourself plenty of time

    The real beauty of Ireland that sometimes getting lost is the best thing – you find a secluded beach or an old castle or graveyard or a small traditional pub!

    The Wild Atlantic Way route has just been launched and is the world’s longest driving route and takes you along Ireland’s west coast from Donegal to Cork – so perhaps you may to explore part of that too – (Donegal, Sligo, Clare, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork – are the counties the route covers)

    There are several great companies out there so it just a matter of finding the right one and perhaps one that is based in Ireland?

    Any clarifications/questions – just let me know!!

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    If you are looking at local tours then Dublin, Galway and Killarney would be the key bases running local bus tours.

    Self drive (Do it Yourself including the planning) there are key areas, Kerry always gets the Tourist vote although I would opt for Beara as the best of the peninsula's. Connemara always gets my vote and as above Achill Island.

    The danger is always trying to fit too much into the time so be careful.

    Forums are a good resource for getting a variety of opinions (you have one above from a tourist visitor and now one from a live here local) so have a look through some of the 10day trip reports.. Many self drive tours are selling rooms not sold on the companies Coach tours which have professional local drivers don't try and follow what they can do if you want a relaxed trip.

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