I'm interested in outdoorsy things like walks, day hikes, etc. Nothing too intense, but a good sense of the countryside. I'm much more interested in the country than the cities.
Flying into Shannon and flying out of Dublin. I'll be going to Skellig Michael. Any other must-do's?
Are you renting a car or using public transport? To be honest, hiring a car is the best option, especially if you want to explore the countryside and do some decent hiking.
If you are going to Skellig Michil then you are heading in the right direction! From Shannon make your way to Limerick. If you decide not to rent a car, then you can get to Kerry easily enough from here, either by bus or train.
Kerry is just amazing. You will love it, I promise. Great hikes (PM me if you want some details on where to go). Dingle is a great spot, dont miss it!!
From Kerry you should make your way to West Cork, spend a few days there....Bantry is really nice or Glengarriff (if you want some peace and quiet). Then head to Cork City (which is the European Capital of Culture for 2005 so lots going on there). From there you can get a train to Dublin.
How much time do you have by the way? You might want to see Galway in the west of the country....Connemara which is just outside Galway has a really unique landscape and some great hiking as well.....
Anyway, hope that helps a bit. Let me know if you need more specific help,
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''I agree with Ev''
you should try to see Kerry, there is a natural walk clearly outlined that brings you around Kerry and Dingle, its a really nice walk/ hike and not too hard, for our longest day we walked 7-8 hours and the shortest was 3 hours, there are also plenty of shorter walks, the scenery is beautiful and can be quite rural in parts, Dingle also has some great pubs where you could pick up a good guinness and meal for a decent price while also being entertained by local musicians, great athmosphere !!!
Galway is also really nice and very relaxed, to experience an older ireland you should se Connemara and the Arran Islands.... if you want to try other hikes on the way back to Dublin you should also check out parts of the Wicklow Way......
If you need any specific info let me know....
hey chapter 11...
anyone who's been to ireland will recommend pretty much the same spots... so, like samsara and raven, i must recommend dingle, and galway,...
if you get the chance, go to cape clear island... its remote, and you have to take a ferry to it... it's probably one of the most breathtaking sights i have ever seen... its not one of those retreats where the sun's always shining or anything,... its very simple, laid back and peaceful... its the right place to commune with nature, and there's lots of great hiking trails!!
also, near galway, you should definately visit the cliffs of moher... its a very touristy area, but for a good reason... its magnificent!!
anyways, i hope this helps... cork is an amaing city... so is kinsale and other surrounding towns...
I just wrote this for anothr post no Ireland so have just cut & pasted it again for you as the same applies!
I AM currently live in dublin but head west any second that I have free. As someone else said the cliffs of Moher are breathtaking (but can be a waste of time if the weatheris crap). Last year I was lucky enough to drive from Kerry all the way up the coast through clare, the burren, past the aran islands, galway, cliffs of moher, connemara and finally stopping in Clew bay in Mayo. It was the most stunningly beautiful drive as we got blue skies the whole way (even though it took 9hours!!). You obviously dont have time to do this but I would recommend doing half of it, from Adare to Cork along the coast.
This way you can fit the ring of Kerry in too. I visit Kerry several times a year and the drive is lovely. From Limerick go to Killarney & take in the beautiful drive around the lakes-from there head towards Killorglin (where the puck goat is king!!!), Caherciveen, Skelligs, Waterville (Tiger woods favourite golf course!), Derrynane (my favourite place in the world-you can visit Daniel O'Connell the Liberators house & walk the tropical gardens-this place is a slice of heaven!), Kenmare (famous gastronomy), then on to Cork (capital of culture!) & Kinsale. Last time I was in cork I went to a great place called Scoozies for dinner.
In Dublin head to Guinness Storehouse for great panoramic views of the city, Johnny Foxes for a singsong&a dance. Glendalough and powerscourt springs are great places for walks (only a bus ride away from Dublin) and the walk aroud howth head is also worth a visit.
Hope this helps - I know its biased towards Kerry but thats only because it is my second home! Have a great time!