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Jul 24th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Which would you give up--a day exploring Achill Island or Beara Peninsula?

I can do one or the other. Doing both would simply be too much time in the car. So which would you give up and why?
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Jul 24th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Achill and Beara are possibly two of my favourite parts of the Island.. I would give up the no doubt planned nights in Dingle to spend more time for either.
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Jul 24th, 2013, 05:09 PM
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I haven't been to Achill but I love Beara, as the scenery is spectacular
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Jul 24th, 2013, 05:57 PM
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Katherinebw, I have only been to Achill - twice - gorgeous!
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Jul 24th, 2013, 08:35 PM
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I'm with Tony....been to both and love 'em both.

Well, this post is useless as I can't decide. You might as well ask which of my grandchildren I would give up.

If you choose Beara, don't miss Gleninchaquin Park. Or the cable car to Dursey Island. Achill Island...Keem Bay, Minaun Heights, beach at Keel.

I'm going to pack.....
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Jul 25th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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Thank you all. I think we will spend a night or two on Achill
Okay, then, next question. After Achill we will spend two nights in Clifden. We are not going to the Cliffs of Mohr. If we go to Dingle it will probably be a drive through and one night at most, but I am voting to skip it, considering we will have seen nothing but magnificent views up to this point. We do want to spend a day or two exploring the Burren. Can you recommend a B&B or two close to the Burren knowing that our next stop is Kenmare?
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Jul 25th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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Ennis always gets my vote for a night in Clare. we use Grey Gables which is right in town but far enough to the side to avoid noise etc. Brogans is our bar of choice for drinks, food, music. From an Ennis base you can set off around 9am head past Bunratty and under the Shannon, call into Adare or Listowel. Then drive over the Connor into Dingle round Slea Head and be in Kenmare before 6pm
http://goo.gl/maps/L5ihu covers the Connemara from Westport down, see the link for the N59 included.
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Jul 25th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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If you really want to get close to the Burren, consider Rocky View Farm House http://rockyviewfarmhouse.com near Fanore. We loved it.
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Jul 25th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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Do you have room reserved in Clifden? I can recommend the Abbeyglen-wonderful small hotel with house party atmosphere and some famous people have stayed there-Bill Clinton, Woody Allen, John Lindsay and others. The food is very good-breakfast and the dinners. Clifden is convenient for hikes in the Connemara and a visit to Kylemore Abbey.
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Jul 25th, 2013, 12:37 PM
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Abbeyglen is a bit rich for most tastes and no somewhere I recomend unless a manor or castle stay is requested, we use Dún Rí which is an excellent guest house just on the edge of town.
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Jul 25th, 2013, 02:04 PM
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On Achill Island I can highly recommend The Bervie...not sure if it is a B&B or a guesthouse but it is a wonderful place to stay. 'Tis a bit more pricey than the standard B&B but worth it. http://www.bervie-guesthouse-achill.com . Ah, I see that they call themselves a guesthouse. It's a restored coast guard station. You can walk through the garden, out the lych-gate and right onto a lovely beach.
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Jul 25th, 2013, 02:27 PM
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I read this post with interest as we did enjoy Achill Island and want to spend more time there in the future.
So thanks jaja, for the B&B recommendation.

We thought the Beara Pen. would be on our list for the next time we visit. Now it will be for sure.

We agree with Tony--- stayed at Grey Gables in Ennis and thought the location was perfect for walking around the town to dinner & bars.
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Jul 26th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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We will bypass Dingle altogether and spend two-three days on Achill and have a full day or more exploring Beara. Is anyone familiar with Stella Maris Guest House on Achill? One more question and I think we've got it. How much time should we allow to drive from Clifden to Kenmare without stops (we'll factor them in later)? One person from a b&b in Kenmare said 4.5 hours, but if I use T2P's method of calculating (divide miles by 30) it looks more like 6.5 hours. Thanks much!
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Jul 26th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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You have motorway from Gort to south of the Shannon so that cuts things a little but 5 hours would be safe, any less a big bonus.. I would though split that trip and see some of Clare on the way. 2 days for Achill would be fine Stellamaris in Keel is fine, lacks a bit of character perhaps but is very nice and good location. We have used Achill Isle House since the Greystone has closed.
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Jul 26th, 2013, 09:48 PM
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Have seen both....hands down Beara. Much more dramatic scenery, esp doing the clockwise circuit, south first,and then back up the north side... with breath-taking scenery. JMHO rvflyer
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Jul 27th, 2013, 03:55 AM
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Thank you so very much. You all are the best.
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