Hey guys, so thinking i'd like to have a little trip over to ireland early april for a reyt nice pint of Guiness lol. I've never been to Ireland before.. for the short stay would you recommend to visit a lively city like Dublin?Also i love walking and taking in views i've been told Wicklow is worth a visit? any advice would be great thanks x
Hi Lucy (again),
Got a notice to say you're also hoping to visit Ireland! Please have a good look at my Dublin guide - it will give you some ideas:
AS regards walking, we have some wonderful countryside/hills etc south of Dublin called the Wicklow mountains. Two quick points though
- we don't have a huge network of marked paths like the UK - the best-known one is the Wicklow Way and is marked
- once you get through the forests and farms that lie at the bottom of the hills, there are normally no tracks and you go as you please, but do need a compass and map since the weather can change very quickly
- walking in Ireland is superb, since not that many people do it! However, it can be quite isolated if you get lost etc. You definitely need walking boots.
Check books etc by David Herman for walking in Wicklow etc.
My Dublin guide is not exactly pretty, but packed with useful stuff. If you do visit, please mail afterwards and tell me about your experiences! I also write a monthly newsletter to accompany it. You can go to the Contacts section of my site and get me there!
PS. Where else are you thinking of going?!!
PPS. Your euro will not go as far in Ireland as Italy!
Where will you be traveling from and what do you normally like to see/do? Personally I'd recommend going to Killarney, the Kerry Peninsula, and the Dingle Peninsula. This is my favorite area of Ireland proper. I'd also recommend the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland (if you did this you could start/end in Belfast.) If you do decide to go to Dublin I would definitely do a "tour" (with a group or on your own) on the Wicklow Mountains and the Glendalough Valley. Feel free to hit me up with any more specific questions too. Cheers!
I also got word that you need some help for travel in Ireland.
Firstly, how long will you come to Ireland for? That will determine a lot about where you go, what you do, etc..
Have you any ideas about where you'll be staying? B&B's, Guesthouses, Hotels or with friends etc?
If you're really into walking you could try the website www.hillwalkireland.com which has some great links to routes, photos, accommodation. But having said that, it is a business and sells its services so I can't advocate anything that they do...
For the real information about things to do in Ireland, where to go, what's on, activities etc. the official tourist board website is second to none (in my opinion) www.discoverireland.ie
When you decide on when you're coming and what you'd like to do just send me a personal mail through Travellers Point and I can give you more detailed information about local stuff.
I hope that's of some help to you.
I'll 2nd for the Wicklow Mountains. Nearly the whole county of Wicklow is a national park. Truly beautiful. And you can walk there from Dublin. There are plenty of B&Bs and some hostels and also some nice campsites. I met two American girls last summer who walked to Glendalough from Dublin and I was chuffed that I walked from Roundwood to Glendalough.
And the Wicklow Gap is an excellent, fast scootering road.
Hope you have lots of money, a pint in dublin is 15 quid, I have heard it is the most expensive capital in Europe, we went last oct as we snagged some free ryan air flights. Everything is expensive, even the Guiness tour (includes free pint).
15 quid eh? I know it's expensive to live in Ireland but 15 QUID FOR A PINT... that just ain't true!
More like Five Euro Fifty Cent in the centre of Dublin. E4.50 outside of Dublin. Sorry Fussy but you were had.
Yeah you gotta do Glengalough and Wicklow mountains, really nice places! Fussy that's possibly the most outrageous comment I've seen on T.P. A pint in Dublin will set you back about €5. If you really paid €15 for a gargle you need your head checked!!
Hey guys thanks for all the advice i love this website.. think we're booking the tickets to Dublin next week very excited and we're defo visiting the wicklow mountains on a day tour :D!!