Ireland must see's

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Aug 25th, 2002, 11:47 PM
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sharon
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Ireland must see's

Spending the summer in Ireland 2003. We have a car, alot of free time and will decide lodging based on sightseeing must's. What are the must see's?
 
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Aug 26th, 2002, 02:34 AM
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Depends how much time you have...
But here are a few ideas from an Irishman.

Basically there are two ways to look at this:
Urban/ city Experice
AND
Rural/ sightseeing experience.

And the answer to each of these is...
1. Dublin. To enjoy Georgian Architecture, a great selection of wonderful pubs and bars, shopping, nightlife, museums, theatres, etc. (basically all the city type stuff).

Then in contrast for a sightseeing trip then I advise...The entire West Coast! Start in Cork and depending on how much time you have work your way along the coast Northwards. Along the way some places and highlights are...
a) Kinsale, Co. Cork - Premier culinary town in Ireland very prety (and very busy esp. at weekends)
b)West Cork Coastal Villages: Glandore, Castletownsend, Baltimore, Clonakilty, Schull, Glengariff... All very small, characterful and beautiful places. Some with outstanding restaurants and bars with wonderful scenery en-route between them.
c) Kenmare - Killarney drive, Kerry - A wonderful drive through the mountains.
d) Killarney - the lakes, valleys and old houses/castle by the lakes make it a must see. But a bit of a tourist trap commerically so you may be better staying overnight in Kenmare or Dingle...
e) The Ring of Kerry (a car route) - dramatic coastal drive taking you along the rugged atlantic coastline.
f) Dingle, Kerry - which has "Fungi" a friendly dolphin who resides in Dingle harbour who has become a tourist site in itself, this is a good town to stay overnight in - nice character and choice of bars & places to eat.
g) Co. Clare - has a number of must sees. Esp. the Burren - a near unique limestone landscape and the sheer atlantic Cliffs of Moher are another essential. Lots of small characterful villages along the coast aas well.
h) Galway city is worth spending a night in in. Good craic and a very lively/arty place.
i) Conemarra and the Aran Islands are also very rugged, barren and beautiful places to visit on the Galway and Mayo coast.

Hope this helps..
Depending upon your interests there are lots of other activities you could include, esp. Golf, hill walking, fishing, etc.
Enjoy...
 
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