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The long and lost road. Our 12 days in Ireland

The long and lost road. Our 12 days in Ireland

Oct 22nd, 2009, 03:33 AM
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The long and lost road. Our 12 days in Ireland

Failte fellow travelers here is my review on our holiday as they call it here. First and foremost the opinions,reviews, and suggestions are purely my own. I'm finally not under the influence of a pint.

DUBLIN: We flew into Dublin and caught the bus that takes you to the city centre for 7 euros. This bus will not leave you at your hotel it makes several stops along the way so ask the bus driver which stop will get you nearest to your hotel. We stayed at Kilronan Guest house and Cormak was ever so helpful and kind. Did the tourist spots Guiness, Trininity College, Grafton St, Temple bar area ect. Best decision we made was not renting a car at the airport since Dublin is a wonderful walking city.
***Left Sunday morning after renting a car from Hertz, more on that later*****

KILKENNY: pretty little city, stayed at Carriglea B&B, Josephine the owner we love you.
Went to our first castle Kilkenny Castle right accross from the B&B. Before I forget on the way to Kilkenny stopped at Glendalough monastic city AWESOME. On the way to Kenmare went to Cashel which I also loved.

KENMARE: another pretty village stayed at Abbey Ct B&B, we had a wonderful dinner at Prego. We only spent the night here in preparation for the Ring of Kerry the following day. Keep in mind all these villages roll the carpet by 6pm the only establishments open are the pubs and a few restaurants.

I was disappointed with the ring. The cliffs of Moher should be skipped and go up to Donegal for Slieve League cliffs.I had heard alot about the ring but its too commercial, 8
euros just to park and you can't get near the cliffs. I guess the sign that I saw, I'm not making this up "Do you want to talk about it, please call" explains why you can't get near them.

BALLYVAUGHAN:I picked this area because we wanted to explore the Burren. Stayed at the Cappabhaile House, Margaret is a riot if you understand what she is saying.

OK........The driving........Where do I begin. Along with the car rental we got the GPS which is called Never lost (I'm not making this up) In our case WE WERE ALWAYS LOST so after the 2nd day we ditched the thing. Being lost is not necessarily a bad thing, it took us to the most remote villages with amazing vistas. The driving speeds here are fast and furious. The signs are posted in a way that they are not in front of you but sideways so by the time you see them its too late. Up country they are in gaelic, so to say the least we had to hit the pubs everynight to soothe our nerves. ha ha

ARDARA: Stayed at woodhill house B&B, go to Nancys restaurant the pub is great, this
area is full of unspoiled beauty. Glenveagh National Park was another site we visited go if you like gardens. Don't miss the 67 steps. If you are a Keats lover stop by Drumcliffe. He is buried there and they have a lovely church.

GLENARIFF: In this area we went to Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, well worth it. Make sure you have pounds. It was the only time during our holiday that we encountered a not so friendly person who said "Remember you are in Britain now love" the tone was not one of reconciliation if you know what I mean. Stayed at Dieskirt B&B, 500 acre sheep farm. Love it. Dinner at Laraghs Lodge. If you have one too many Gary will drive you back to your B&B. (I'M not making this up)

NAVAN: Newgrange is a must see, it predates the pyramids by 500 years. Stayed with Pat at althumney B&B.

Along the way we saw castles and ruins and the irish traffic jam SHEEPS & COWS. Most of the time we would be driving in these VERY narrow roads not knowing what was ahead only to find the unspoiled beauty of the Irish countryside.

Too many other experiences to tell you, but the best thing Ireland has going for it is its people. Warm, friendly, eager to help any traveler on THE LONG AND LOST ROAD.
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Oct 22nd, 2009, 03:49 AM
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Thanks for posting this, we are planning about 12 days in Ireland too so this gives me a good idea of what we can cover. I will check out all of your accommodation reco's too.
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Oct 22nd, 2009, 04:10 AM
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Thanks for the great report! FYI, my GPS did great in Ireland and N. Ireland.
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Oct 22nd, 2009, 03:34 PM
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Great TR, thanks very much. Earlier this month we only visited Dublin (used the Ho-Ho Bus)and went to County Wicklow by bus and back by train, our local friends drove us around to the sites, mesmerized by Glendalough and loved Powerscourt. You influenced and encouraged us to drive ourselves next time.
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Oct 23rd, 2009, 02:54 PM
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It is Yeats, not Keats who is buried near Sligo.
"Under bare Ben Bulben`s Head
In Drumcliffe churchyard Yeats is laid."

That sacred spot is visited by many visitors from all over the world every day. Now a coffee shop stands near too.
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Oct 24th, 2009, 03:23 AM
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Thanks for the correction. It's a tea shop, a good place to something warm.
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Oct 24th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Cubanita, loved your report and really laughed at your initial caveats. Thanks for sharing!
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Oct 24th, 2009, 08:57 AM
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Regarding: "I was disappointed with the ring. The cliffs of Moher should be skipped and go up to Donegal for Slieve League cliffs.I had heard alot about the ring but its too commercial, 8
euros just to park and you can't get near the cliffs. I guess the sign that I saw, I'm not making this up "Do you want to talk about it, please call" explains why you can't get near them."

I'm confused, the Cliffs of Moher are not on the Ring of Kerry but in County Clare near Doolin.
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Oct 24th, 2009, 09:15 AM
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Dio you have any web sites for the B & B's you stayed in? Good tip about not renting a car at Dublin airport. What was your favorite town?
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Oct 25th, 2009, 10:50 AM
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I would not agree with your decision to skip the Cliffs of Moher. It is several years since I went there (I also did the boat trip below the cliffs) but the views are spectacular. The manager is the local council and it is run on a non-profit basis. See details at www.cliffsofmoher.ie which includes the opinion of some of those who have been there.
The Slive League cliffs in County Donegal are spectacular too and well worth a visit. They are closer to nature in that if you are not careful you will drive over the cliffs!
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Oct 26th, 2009, 02:06 PM
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Hi, the B&B are as follows...Carriglea in Killkenny
Abbey Court in Kenmare, In Ballyvaugh we stayed at Cappabhaile House. In Ardara at the Woodhill house
Our favorite is Dieskirt farm.
Oh and Kilronan guest house in Dublin
Please check out the reviews at trip advisor. Our favorite was the Dieskirt farm in Glenariff. It backs to a wonderful park full of waterfalls. Also you can walk from the B&B to Laragh Lodge, great restaurantd and wonderful host Gary
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