Ideas for a week in Ireland
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 10, 2012 2:26 AM Last Post By: yofletch
Sep 30, 2012 8:15 AM
Ideas for a week in IrelandHi
I am currently a University student studying abroad in Scandinavia and am planning a one week trip to Ireland in early November. I will be flying in and out of Dublin (friday-friday) but am very interested in seeing other parts of the country besides just Dublin. I don't think my US drivers license will work in Ireland so renting a car is out but would love suggestions on sites to see around the country that can be accessed by busses/trains/public transportation. I am a Philosophy and Architecture double major so I would like to see some beautiful architecture as well as historical sites but also would love to see much of Irelands natural beauty. I am also very interested in music and love seeing live music in places I travel so any suggestions there would be much appreciated as well.
Sep 30, 2012 9:42 AM
1Loved Westport Mayo and Clifden, Galway. Some say both are touristy and they are if you go for that. We tended to avoid touristy and spent our time meeting and getting to know the locals in pubs and coffee shops, etc. Try the Sky Road near Clifden if you can and walk the trail thats through Westport on the coast. Don't miss the Famine Memorial at the foot of Crough Patrick. This is one of the most memorable places ever. Good for a quiet sit and meditation on life and all.
Sep 30, 2012 1:18 PM
2You should be OK with a US license, I have rented in Ireland with one before. But it's handy to have an international licence too. The Irish po-po are fairly lenient regarding the license.
Problem is this, Ireland is one of a few countries that makes you buy insurance. To decline insurance, you need the list value of the rental car on your credit card, OR if you have a MasterCard World, it will cover the insurance for you. I found this out the hard way. Try to get a World MC from your CC company. Otherwise it will cost you a few hundred Euro just for insurance.
VISIT DONEGAL. .
Sep 30, 2012 6:02 PM
Oct 1, 2012 2:46 AM
4Ennis Trad Fest runs the 8-12th of November http://www.ennistradfestival.com/ so if your dates fit this would be a good option. Ennis is also a good touring base, with or without a car (no problem hiring with a US licence provided you have had it for 2 years and are over 25?)
Oct 1, 2012 8:08 AM
Oct 2, 2012 3:41 AM
6Westport, as mentioned by #1, is definitely very interesting from an architectural POV.
I'd also suggest Cork city, which ticks your architecture and music boxes.
Oct 2, 2012 6:22 AM
7What about me, I definitely know what will I do if manage going to Ireland in October. On the 20th of October, which is my birthday by the way, there will be a concert of my favorite violist, Maxim Rysanov in Belfast. Who recently issued a new disk with Beethoven’s compositions in collaboration with Maxim Rysanov, Kristina Blaumane and Jacob Katsnelson, which I’ve found at onyxclassics. And after I listened to this disk my desire to visit this concert became only stronger. So wish me luck to go to Ireland)
Oct 3, 2012 5:41 AM
8I would divide my time between Dublin and Galway and for someone who is interested in Architecture, Ireland is a great place to visit. From the airport there is an hourly bus to Galway and this takes about three hours. Galway is lovely and I think the Cathedral is interesting, it was built in the 60s. Galway also has lots of good places to go for music and is a good starting point from where you can visit other places, such as The Aran Islands and Fort Dun Aengus (prehistoric) and Clochans (dry stone beehive huts, early Christian period). You can also go to Connemara and visit Kylemore Abbey (Victorian) or go to the stunning natural sites of The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher.
After Galway you can take the train (buying tickets online in advance is cheaper) to Dublin which takes about two and a half hours. In Dublin you can visit Fitzwilliam street. This was once the longest stretch of domestic Georgian architecture in the world and is still impressive. Also St Patrick's Anglican Cathedral (middle medieval) and Trinity College (from Elizabethan to present) are worth a visit. Do not miss the Hugh Lane gallery which has a small but great selection of Irish Art or the National Archaeological museum which has a great collection of artefacts specific to Ireland. Temple bar in Dublin is a great place to visit for music and entertainment.
Oct 10, 2012 2:26 AM
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