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TexasTiger Jul 30th, 2006 03:27 PM

Best View in Ireland
 
Family of 4 to Ireland next summer for first time. What is your favorite spot, restaurant, hotel, etc. with an awesome view. I originally posted this under the wrong topic.

textraveler Jul 30th, 2006 05:19 PM

The Cliffs of Moher! Fabulous view.

rosetravels Jul 30th, 2006 07:01 PM

There are so many:
the view from the top of Croagh Patrick,
the view from the Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal,
the view from St. John's Point in Donegal,
north to Donegal from the cliffs at Co. Mayo.

Those were our favorites.

Celiaanne Jul 30th, 2006 07:07 PM

I love the Sky Road (outside Clifden)!

CAPH52 Jul 30th, 2006 07:12 PM

There are many magnificent views leading to and on Achill Island. As for views from a restaurant, the view from the window in the backroom of O'Dowds in Roundstone is great. And the views from both the guest lounge and the breakfast room at Adarehouse B&B in Westport were wonderful.

Let's face it, Ireland is full of magnificent views!

Melissa5 Jul 31st, 2006 12:44 AM

Our 2 weeks in Ireland were just one awesome view after another! Special favorites of mine were the view from Connor's Pass (drove from Bunratty to Dingle via Connor's Pass.) Magnificent view, just how you imagine Ireland!

I also loved the view of the sea from Dunluce Castle ruins in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on a clear sunny day...sea was sparkling.

MaryZ Jul 31st, 2006 02:23 AM

Great question.

Maybe Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula.

NEDSIRELAND Jul 31st, 2006 04:33 AM

Rainbows in County Limerick!

The Old Glantan cemetery in west Limerick is on a slight hillside: I had just finished reading Tombstones looking for relatives and sat down at the top of the hill to rest. One cow grazing broke up the silence and beauty of the valley below. It was nice!

As I recall, there are many Ahearn's buried there although it's not a 'Family Plot.' The lady in the house just east of the cemetary is not the Registrar, although she was very kind to tell me where that person lives.

Dublin: The Molly Malone statue with her 'barrow' (bountifully endowed to say the least).
Also in Dublin: the views from the Liffey River bridge, especially in the direction of the Guinness Brewery.

wojazz3 Jul 31st, 2006 05:01 AM

The view from the top of Skellig Michael through the "window" in the stone wall to Small Skellig.

The view from many of the cottages in the Donegal Thatched cottages on Cruit Island.

Fanad Head

The lighthouse at the very tip of Sheepshead.

The view from the balcony room at "The Shores Country House".

Sitting in the corner table by the fire at O'Sullivan's in Crookhaven watching the fishing boats come in.

Approaching Clonmacnoise by boat from the River Shannon.

Looking over the fields of Co. Roscommon with my great-great grandmothers headstone in the foreground.

A 7 year old pouring two perfect pints of Guinness at Killeens in Shannonbridge (she's got to be 10 by now)

Carrick-a-Rede on a misty day (or a clear one)

The Atlantic Drive on Achill.

Slieve League

Late afternoon or sunset at Dunguaire Castle and the tide is in (hoping no one else is there)

A freshly and perfectly poured pint of Guinness in my hand.

... and the list goes on and on and on and on ...

TexasTiger Jul 31st, 2006 06:28 AM

Thank you so much Fodorites. I will incorporate as many of these as I can into my trip. Keep firing away, folks!!!

carolsc Jul 31st, 2006 06:34 AM

In general, views from Innishmore on a nice day.

chip Jul 31st, 2006 08:12 AM

Castle Murray House B&B...St. John's Point, Donegal (fantastic decor with awesome views, great breakfast, plus a dinner worth the splurge...even the kids loved it!! plus you can view the bay, horses, castle ruins, great walks)...I have been suggesting this find to all of my friends as a must.

top of Healy Pass, Beara Peninsula great views of Cork and Kerry...lots of switchbacks, see if you can find the "magic spot" near the beginning...we really rolled up hill!

all of Slea Head Loop, Dingle...#1 scenic drive with lots of historic and scenic stops

Cliffs of Moher-must see

Doolough Valley (from Westport past Croagh Patrick to Delphi then to Clifden)...read up on the history for the full impact

Sky Road-WOW moment, even on a not so clear day.

ROK between Kenmare and Killarney (moll's gap, ladie's view, park)

Gap of Dunloe...if have good weather, takes most of the day...one of our highlights

Dingle and Kenmare are my favorite towns to stay in ...great B&B's, dining, shopping, walking, pubs, music, and near great sights...

our experience...kids were welcome in pubs with music in Dingle, Doolin, and Kenmare

suggest horseback riding in Dingle, request earliest time for beach ride...mountain ride nice too.

Dunluce Castle-great castle ruins with a camera op at each turn

Giant's Causeway-nothing like it

TexasTiger Aug 1st, 2006 07:32 AM

topping

Celticharper Aug 1st, 2006 08:01 AM

Favorite view in Ireland?

Isn't that like asking which is your favorite child?

Laoghaire Aug 1st, 2006 08:40 AM

Celticharper...You hit the nail on the head!...Helen

Ann41 Aug 1st, 2006 05:19 PM

From the second floor of the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

Seriously. Assuming that they've cleaned the massive picture window, it's just a fantastic view of the Slieve Donard rolling down to the sea.

Second favorite would be from the balcony of my old house in Killyleagh, N. Ireland. Again, I'm being serious. Friends used to think we were joking when we e-mailed pictures--then they would visit and be bowled over.

brandie346 Aug 1st, 2006 05:45 PM

We stayed at the Beach Cove B&B in Ballinskellig, and right across the small street was the the bay. There's a picture here:

www.stayatbeachcove.com/

But let me tell you, the beach doesn't look like that, and it a good way. It looks like this:

http://tinyurl.com/m45ex

The water running down from the land into the bay, the waves coming in from the bay, the rocks that were so many different colors. It was amazing.

And there's a chocolate factory right down the street!

Neopolitan Aug 1st, 2006 05:59 PM

So many beautiful views and most have been mentioned.

But I can tell you the WORST view in Ireland -- looking up the nostrils of the guy holding you as you kiss the Blarney Stone!

khepps Aug 1st, 2006 09:11 PM

all good responses, but the best view by far is standing on the suspension bridge at Mizen Head, west Co. Cork at the SW tip of Ireland

shashie Aug 2nd, 2006 10:34 PM

Several of my favorite photos were taken on my visits to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. I would never grow tired of the views or its special atmosphere...


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