Help planning trip to Ireland
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 8:27 AM Last Post By: senzaparole
Oct 24, 2012 2:36 PM
Help planning trip to IrelandHi,
I'm enchanted by pictures a saw of the castles and landscapes of the mystical isle of Ireland, but I honestly don't know much what there really is out there.
Can you guys give me advice of what is really worth going to? (I mean culturewise and naturewise)
All advice is appreciated!
Oct 25, 2012 1:52 AM
Oct 27, 2012 5:20 AM
2Don't miss the Botanic Gardens in Dublin. They are absolutely stunning, especially at this time of year and they often have special events for children. Last weekend they had a Halloween special with pumpkin competitions and all sorts of games and magic tricks to make mathematics 'child friendly'
And it is free to get in.
Oct 27, 2012 2:13 PM
3OP.....we just returned for a 5 week road trip to Ireland. We explored the Republic fully but not Northern Ireland. Driving takes longer than you think......the sights require frequent stops....castles, wonderful villages and ruins are often.
My suggestion is to buy a book on Ireland, figure out what you want to see and come back for more focused advice.
Oct 28, 2012 1:30 PM
4After two and a half weeks in Ireland, I would say that you should visit the Dingle Peninsula or the northern coast of Northern Ireland, preferably both - It's just amazing and unlike any other place in term of views. It's just an unique place, and for me, those places were the essence of Ireland.
But anyway, whatever you decide to do and wherever you choose to go, you'll have the time of your life because it's simply a wonderful & beautiful island.
Oct 29, 2012 4:21 AM
5Ireland has so much to offer! Amazing castles, beautiful gardens, important historical sites and stunning views are scattered everywhere on the island. On your first trip the Irish icons are a must: Cliffs of Moher (Co. Clare), Rock of Cashel (Co. Tipperary), Giant's Causeway (Co. Antrim), Ring of Kerry (Co. Kerry) and Blarney Castle (Co. Cork) - to name just some of them - are waiting for you! :)
Oct 29, 2012 4:14 PM
6Thanks for the advice.
I'm not sure of when i'll go, but i think it'd be around Easter or in September.
I'd travel low-budget, considering i'm still studying and have to rely on the money i earn doing a job during the vacationperiods.
It might be between 500 and 1000 euros, but the less i have to spend, the better.
Hope you guys can give some more advice based on the above!
Nov 4, 2012 5:01 AM
7with a budget of say €800 (i presume this is just spending money and does not include flights, insurance etc?) you can probably spend about a week in Ireland staying in low cost hostels and travelling on public transport. With such a short time I would suggest looking at a company like www.paddywagontours.com who cater for young people who have set itineraries.
Nov 8, 2012 8:44 AM
9September gives a bit more time to save up and using some of the excellent Hostels will keep accommodation costs down. Would you consider doing a vacation job over here, there are a couple of organisations you could approach.. http://www.wwoof.ie/ is one but there are others. http://www.workaway.info/hostlist-IE.html
Edited by: tony2phones
Nov 9, 2012 8:55 AM
10Blarney Castle, near Cork is really pretty - and you get to kiss the Blarney Stone!
Nov 18, 2012 8:26 AM
11Blarney Stone is over-rated, but I guess tourists often want to see it. Not too far from Cork city.
Dotted around the country, highlights I like:
Cork City (especially wandering the Hugenot area, the old City Gaol (jail)
Kinsale and the old Charles Fort
Down along the west cork coast to Inchydony beach
Over the Cork & kerry mountains - the ring of kerry is pretty impressive
Kilarney - Muckross house and lakes
Dingle penninsula (An Daingean (dingle); Cean Trá (ventry) and looping over the head to Ballyferriter
Skellig Michel in kerry (Unesco site)
Up to Clare - the burren, the cliffs of Moher, the caves
Bunratty castle and the Crannógs
Galway city is lovely
Then over to Connemara and maybe a jaunt out to the Aran Islands
Sligo is has a wonderful coastline too (excellent for surfing)
Lissadell house (though perhaps that is now closed to the public??)
Donegal is breathtaking
Along the northern coast - giant's causeway (look up the old legend)
some nice coast along the north east
Meath - Newgrange in Meath (Unesco site) which is a burial site older than the pyramids of Giza
Dublin - Trinity College to see the Book of Kells
lots of Viking history in Dublin (and wexford and waterford)
St. Patrick's Cathedral
In Offaly, Clonmacnoise is a fine example of an abbey dating to around 550AD; some wonderful examples of high crosses and other early christian stonework
The whole country is covered in old castles (some preserved, some ruins) dating to various historical periods, each with their own story.
If you're interested in architecture, then you can visit some of the palladrian houses built during georgian ireland, such as Castletown House, Russborough House, the old irish parliament in dublin (Grattan's Parliament) on college green;
If your thing is more music, then there are festivals, fleadhs, and concerts throughout the year around the country, depending on what your interest is...
That's kind of a general spiel out o my head, but obviously if you outline a little more what you're looking for, I can be more specific.
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