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11. Posted by texczech (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Cork Girl for the advice. Do you pay for the bus rides or trams themselves or do you buy tickets in advance? Are the schedules easily posted and understood?

12. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I know the Hotel, I walk past it on a daily basis. I've never been in there though, but it looks nice. Yes, there's a bus stop right outside and there's a couple of buses stopping there. I just looked up the lines servicing the stop:


There's also the Luas Stop nearby, you're best off getting off at 'Museum' and from there it's about 5 minutes walk. You can get combined day tickets for bus and LUAS at the ticket machine or pay the one way/return fare at the machine (for the Buses you pay the driver, make sure you've got small change because they won't give you any change.)

13. Posted by texczech (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a bunch. will keep in touch.

14. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You're not visiting Belfast? (that's where I currently live)

If you're in Dublin, I recommend visiting the seaside towns just south of the capital as well. Dun Laoghoire and Dalkey have a very nice seaside walk with a small little port, and some really nice cliffs (and interesting to know: Bono has a villa on top of one of those hills). You easily get there via the DART tramline along the coast. I'd recommend Dun Laoghoire most of all, when the weather's okay it can be extremely charming.

Apart from that, make sure you visit the Aran Islands: beautiful sceneries, some very old stond walls (approx 2000 years old), seals bathing at the shore, ... You can easily visit from Galway, which in itself is a very nice charming city and surprisingly vibrant.

15. Posted by texczech (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Would love to see Belfast and northern country. Unfortunatly, can't do it all in one trip. Do plan on seeing the areas you mention, always looking for recommendations for a great (inexpensive) place to eat and drink along the way. Pass it on if you know of any. Should I be leary about driving in Ireland? I mean are the roads hard to manage? Are the roads hard to manuver?

16. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

if you are going to ireland, you definitely HAVE to see the dingle peninsula!!! its soooooooooo beautiful! and galway is great too, especially doolin and the cliffs of moher... touristy, but a must see! ahh you are going to have so much fun! i wish i was going there!! haha have a great trip!

17. Posted by zorse (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was just in Ireland back in August. You'll be surprised at how close together everything is. I come from Canada so I am used to things being spaced out, but I was so shocked at how quickly we came to each destination.
Personally, I don't like the South or East of Ireland very much. I'm all for the rugged NorthWest. It's so beautiful out there. Of course you have to see the touristy sites like the Burren in co Clare and the Cliffs of Moher..but if you care anything for the country and the culture you'll have to get out of the tourist trap areas.
I went with my sister and her boyfriend, we only had a week and it was definately rushed and stressful. We rented a car, which was really awesome because we didn't have to keep schedules or timetables and we could go where we wanted instead of sticking to the main roads. I'd definately suggest renting a car if you're going with anyone else.
Camping is a great budget way to go. The campsights are nice and clean and quiet. Make sure you have a tarp!!
We also found out that B&Bs are the best way to go for those rainy nights or if you're not adventureous enough to camp. Per person at a B&B is only about $30/night, which gets you a gorgeous room, private bath and a huge Irish breakfast that'll last you most of the day. Way better deal than some dingey hostel for the same price.

Anywho..just thought I'd give you some insight into what I noticed from being there. I love that country, can't wait to go back someday.
Have fun!

18. Posted by Bohsman (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

texczech - you'll be staying a few doors down from where I live on Parkgate Street

This area is pretty safe at night - I've certainly had no problems walking down here at all hours of the day and night - it's fairly residential with a few decent pubs and shops on the road itself - plus it's one of the main roads out of the city into the West of the country - meaning there is always some traffic using it.

The Luas stop nearest to Parkgate Street is Heuston Station - the main rail station for services out to the rest of the country - it's about a 5 minute walk from the station to the accomodation.

Luas will take about 20 minutes to get you into the City Centre - nearest stop to Temple Bar and O'Connell Street is Abbey Street.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 28, 2006 7:19 PM by Bohsman ]

19. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

BOHSman... Hehe, good to see an Eircom League follower. There's too many gloryhunters on this island who prefer Celtic, Rangers, Man U or Liverpool over local teams.

You picked the wrong team though. The best and friendliest team in Ireland is Shelbourne, that's a widely known fact. When I lived in Dublin I went to all games home and away. Tolka Park being the nicest ground in Eire was a nice asset. All obey to the power of the mighty REAL REDS !

Sorry for this off-topic post...

On-topic: Derry is very much worth a visit a well. It's the only walled city on the island and has some very charming architecture. And surprisingly vibrant as well.

20. Posted by nigel2304 (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I took my car over on the ferry about 10 years ago. I went over from Holyhead, stayed a couple of nights in Dublin, drove over to Limerick to meet a friend, up to Galway and back, then down to Killarney, Cork, Kinsale, Waterford and back via the ferry from Rosslare - all in a week (bit of a rush, but saw plenty).
Two things that stuck in my mind was that some of the signposts were in miles, and others in km, so sometimes it seemed you were going backwards! Also, I got a parking ticket in Galway because I wasn't sure I needed to buy a ticket for where I parked.
I'd only booked the first and last nights. The local tourist offices were very helpful.
I did enjoy it, and hope to go again soon.