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1. Posted by brassmonk (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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Hello everyone. My friends and I are all new to travelling but are planning on a May 06 trip to Ireland. We are really interested in walking some of their famous waymarked ways and are wondering about accommodations. Is it possible to carry a tent and camp in most places or would it be easier to try and find hostels or B&B's. Money is a pretty big factor for us.
And can anyone give us any tips on where we absolutely have to go and see. My friend has family in Sligo so we are already going there and we have a month.
Thank you for any input.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I'd suggest you visit the north - the Antrim coast is beautiful and Giant's Causeway is spectacular. I believe there's also a hostel nearby which operates seasonally - try it and see. I remember seeing a hostel pamphlet for all of Ireland somewhere, and the rates for the Causeway were extremely reasonable.

You can also stop by Belfast on the way up (or down). It's about a two-hour trip from Dublin, with early-bird specials for bus fares on... Wednesday?... mornings. It was something like 6 pounds sterling return. Look up Translink for more info...


3. Posted by NiamhC (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

If you are going to Sligo, (which really is a beautiful place: Yeat's County, nice beaches, good waves etc.), I would recommend that you go to Galway too. Galway city in itself is a small, friendly city, but the surrounds are what you always imagine about Ireland.
About an hour's drive outside the city, in Spiddal, there's a Gaeltacht, an Irish speaking region. Small town, friendly. The scenery etc. is spectacular out here, and you're just on the edge of Connemara, which is typical Ireland, green fields, away from the rush of everything. Summer would be a great time to see it too, as it's more likely not to be raining!

4. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 10y

Def go to Galway. I had so much fun there I think it had to do with so many universities in one area. People there are young and so fun.

5. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Try Galway... it's a very lively and beautiful city!!!
Also, not so far from there the Cliffs of Moher, just espectacular!!! If you have such a lont time to visit and see, just don't plan too much... that's what I did, deciding the second before turning left, and it turned out to be the greatest trip I have ever had!