Hi everyone, I'm new here at Travellers Point.
My twin sister and I are going to Ireland this summer for three weeks and it's our first trip on our own so we're really excited (but we're also very new to backpacking ). I was looking at some hotels where we could stay the first two night in Dublin but then I realised HOW expensive hotels are so I was over the moon when I found this site and called my sister to tell her about it and now we're busy planning our trip
But we haven't really decided exactly where to go yet (only Dublin , Kerry and Sligo), I've ordered this video on the library calling "Discovering Ireland" and hope we can find out about the places you just have to see in the video but I don't know if it's just some tourist film with all the traditional sightseing places...
So I wanted to ask those of you who've been to Ireland (or live in Ireland) about what we HAVE to see?
I just read in some bike thread that Ring of Kerry is very beautiful... We're planning on walking and taking train (and maybe one day rent a car if it's possible and if we can overcome our fears of driving in the "wrong" side of the road )or renting bikes maybe ...
AnnaKaren - I know Ireland well i live and work here and have travelled all over the island in my job as a travel writer for this company www.12travel.com - you'll find tonnes of useful info on Ireland and on accommodation here. Dublin is a great city and a great place to start - but you are right to get out to the country as the countryside is more of what Ireland is really about. Kerry is a wonderful county and yes the Ring of Kerry has some beautiful scenery - but it is very touristy. You can take a coach tour - there are loads. But my tip would be to travel a little inland if you are cycling on Ring of Kerry or alternatively try the Ring of Beara - personally i think it is far more scenic and its far less visited - another great spot in Kerry is the Dingle Peninsula and of course Killarney which is unmissable - even though it has rained everytime i've gone! lol
Sligo is another nice spot - espeically if you like Yeats poetry an dhe is buried here. There are also some interesting megalitc sites and standing stones and some great scenic mountains like Benbulben. My favourite part of Ireland is West Cork where i'm living - the coastal scenery here is amazing and if you want something to talk about back home - go to the north of the country to Northern Ireland - its less travelled because of its recent bad history - but its history in the making and all that hardly ever if ever effects tourist, beside things are far far more peaceful there than ever before and they are very friendly with tourists on both sides of the divide - anyway good look to you and as they say here slainte!
i recommend going to hostels. much more fun, meet people, cool atmosphere. but you can do whatever works for you. a lot cheaper as well. i know when i go im just going to wander around everywhere, thats my plan. take whatever comes my way yknow.
Have to visit the south western tip....Killarney etc....fantastic people great craic and scenery is out of this world.. and I am biased the stage rallying is amazing.....
As for car hire there are loads to choose from but I have had good service from Budget Ireland.
Enjoy your trip...
Kinsale, in Cork Co....so nice!
Thanks... I'll check out 12travel.com and read more there!
But do make sure, there are only two trains'roads' trough whole ireland.
I'm not sure where you are from, but check a map before you really plan on traveling by train trough Ireland.
The bus system is better, but still it's quite hard to travel by public transport..
And ireland is beautiful!! wherever you go