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Jul 9th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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Irish Towns and Cities To Stay In

I'm still working out the details for sights and the what not.

I would like an opinion or two of the towns I'll be staying in in late July. All places are one night unless otherwise indicated. I already have B&B or Hotels booked.

Belfast - 2 nights (early afternoon arrival)
Larne N.I.
Sligo - but considering Eniskillen N.I. (after a visit to Bushmills)
Galway
Ennis
Ventry, Dingle Peninsula
Cork - 2 nights
Dublin - 3 nights

Most driving will be coast line. The idea is not to spend the entire day driving.

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Jul 9th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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Belfast ok
Larne Why? Why not Portrush/Portsuart?
Sligo from Portrush/stewart fine
Larne/Bushmills/Eniskillen wouldn't be my choice
Galway fine
Ennis Fine
Ventry close enough to Dingle town and far enough away
Cork big jump from Ventry
Dublin might pinch a night to use elsewhere?
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Jul 9th, 2013, 12:36 PM
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Lots to see in the Sligo area. I am partial to the Gleniff Horseshoe and Glencar Waterfall.

We liked Enniskillen...shopping at the Buttermarket, Marble Arch Caves, other things we didn't have time for but looked interesting. I have a B&B recommendation if you opt for there.

Dublin 3 nights probably means 2 full days and plenty to fill those depending on what your interests are.
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Jul 9th, 2013, 09:29 PM
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t2p - I'll check out Portrush.

For Larne, I just thought it would be a simple day one drive on the coast, since it's been a few years since I've driven on the left side of the road.

I'll later head to Scotland, but would much rather go to an Irish Whiskey distillery, as I like Irish Whiskey.

Do you have a choice rather than Cork?

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Jul 10th, 2013, 03:35 AM
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Personally I would be driving round dingle between Ennis and a couple of nights Killarney or Kenmare then Beara on the way to one night in Cork. Maybe call into Jamesons in Middleton.

Avarest is a place we use in Portrush. http://www.avarest.com/ there are a few pins in this map that are on that section http://goo.gl/maps/YvZNc
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Jul 10th, 2013, 09:07 AM
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t2p - Avarest is one of the places I was looking at yesterday. Just trying to get a handle on the town.

I will do Beara, rather than the ROK. It seems that that would be my longest day of driving on this trip.

jaja - you are correct, I'll be arriving Dublin sometime in the afternoon. I have 3 nights booked mainly because I'm using hotels points to stay there. Zero cost is always good.
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Jul 10th, 2013, 11:03 AM
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Avarest sits above the harbour east of the beach (which is the nosier end of town) the rooms at the front look out over the bay. there are a couple of bars and eating spots on the harbour and the avenue. Harbour bar is a bistro pub and a good spot for a reasonable priced meal. Rogues is a good music bar. tend not to bother with the east of town but there are a couple of good bars in Portstuart for earlier in the evening before parking up the car
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Jul 10th, 2013, 08:50 PM
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I've booked the Averest. I did check out the Harbour bar.

I read some things that likened Portrush to Blackpool or Brighton. The American version is Coney Island.

I've been to Brighton. Tacky fun in its own way.
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Jul 11th, 2013, 02:08 AM
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That's why we avoid the western/beach end and stay down by the harbour later on.
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Jul 13th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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We are currently in Killarney and drove down the coast from Sligo. Sligo was a little gritty but we liked it. Westport was our favorite. Galway was fine but a little harder to get in and out of. Drove through Ventry today. Looked like a nice spot. Killarney is jammed with tourists, but we expected that. Trip to the Blaskets was a highlight so far.
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