Ireland & N. Ireland - driving tour

Jan 14th, 2004, 05:31 AM
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Kodi: Thanks so much for that tip about the map. Hopefully I can get one at the Shannon airport? I drove the Ring of Kerry last time I was there and it was "okay" but I was younger then. I've gotten worse with this edge of cliffs thing, and my travel companion is the same. I wish I weren't that way, but, hey, can't help it. I'm sure we'll see lots of gorgeous scenery and, again, I appreciate your response very much.
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Jan 15th, 2004, 06:53 AM
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Hi Sylvia, kodi and Holldoll:

Well lets see, on the danger of Slive League, I didn't think the road to the top was particularly terrifying, certainly not nearly as bad as Conor Pass. I don't remember being on the edge of a cliff on the road, but then again, I walked a good part of it, which you can do if it's not terribly cold or windy. Also, it gets very little traffic. Additionally, there is a fine car park at the top and from there, you can see the cliffs beautifully. The trail up the hill might get a bit scary though I did it in a VERY high wind. The scenic routes to Carrick and Kilcar were a bit more frightening.

Here are the directions from my webpage:
"From Carrick, take the road south at the Slieve League Pub to Teelin. This is, by the way, the road to the Cul-a-Duin pub. The trick is, DO NOT turn at the sign to Slieve League. Instead, turn at the Bunglass road. Don't be fooled by the closed gate at the car park as we were at first. It appears you must walk from here. Rather, just open the gate, drive through and close it after you. There is a car park at the top too."

kodi: I liked the Torr Rd so much that I did it twice, once in the evening with fog rolling in and the next morning when it was crystal clear and Scotland looked close enough to touch. Also, yes, yes, yes ...Horn Head is great and if it were me, I'd stay in Dunfanaghy, I just don't know that they have a hostel.

Fears or not Holldoll, I don't think that I would miss Slieve League.

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Jan 15th, 2004, 09:39 AM
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thanks. i'm sure this trip will be quite the adventure... looking forward to it. will post more questions as i make better plans.
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Jan 15th, 2004, 02:40 PM
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Hollydoll, I've just read Bill's latest post, and he's right about Slieve League. Bill has jogged my memory and he is quite right, there were no cliffs going up the's just really steep. You should be ok. From the car park at the top, the view is beautiful.
Bill, I agree , the coast road at Kilcar is 'scarier' if someone is nervous.
I also noticed my typo, and it is Dunfanaghy as Bill had typed.
Bill, that first trip up Torr Head for me was the first time I'd driven a stick shift car in quite a few years, and I thought I was going to ruin the car, but we made it!
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Jan 15th, 2004, 03:33 PM
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holldoll, I am terrified of heights, I can barely look out the airplane window. I would be happy to send you a pic or two of Slieve League. (As I said somehere, I haven't yet figured out how to get them on a viewable webpage.) [email protected]. I would hate for you to miss an awesome sight if you don't have to. We drove both the Connor Pass (Dingle) and Sky Road (Clifden) in the fog, so we don't know what we missed!
When we were in Donegal last April, we sort of followed Bill's recommendations around the Northwest. His notes are the best, check out his site, highly entertaining.

Bill's fan,
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Jan 15th, 2004, 03:49 PM
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Allison, what is Bill's site? I'd like to see it...
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Jan 15th, 2004, 03:57 PM
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From his posting above:

His directions were right on, and his stories so entertaining! My favorite, he rates the toilet paper at B&B's.
(Personally, I like the TP at SuperValu in Westport - hey, when you're driving around Ireland, you go wherever you can!)
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Jan 15th, 2004, 05:15 PM
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Thanks Allison. I just spent awhile reading Bill's site.
Bill.... fantastic site!!! I enjoyed every bit of your trip. And it sure brought back a lot of memories of my trips. I also ate dinner at Arnolds in Dunganaghy and then sat by the big open fire for a great dessert.
Also stayed at with Mary Browne at Bunratty Lodge.
Oh now I want to go back to Ireland.
Thanks for sharing your site.
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Jan 16th, 2004, 08:38 AM
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Wow, thanks so much for pointing out Bill's site. Somehow I had read right over that. Bill, this is terrific stuff. Boy that rain and wind--and I'm going in early March--yipes!! But your photos and text are wonderful and hopefully will bolster my courage! Everyone here is so helpful--we'll get to Slieve League--and I'll live to report back!!
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Jan 19th, 2004, 10:02 AM
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To All:

Thanks for all of the great comments. I'm glad that you enjoy the site. I go back to it myself to re-read what I did.

Now, if you have even more time to kill, I have the notes from my May 2003 trip online. You can find them at:

As usual, I can't shut up, but there were some funny moments on this trip that were worth mentioning.

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Jan 19th, 2004, 10:10 AM
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I really enjoyed your latest trip report. I think my favorite page was the one titled "Oranmore". I laughed like a loon through most of the page. Your photos are wondeful, too.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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Jan 19th, 2004, 11:53 AM
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Thanks Wendy. It was a silly trip with quite a few misadventures. The trip down the river was as much fun as I've ever had and while I'll admit, it's not for everyone, I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Thanks for the encouragement.

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