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Recommendations for Travel in Ireland

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Recommendations for Travel in Ireland

I am going to Ireland in Oct 2013 with my friend. We want an unstructured visit but want a plan on where to stay. We have 10 days. We like walking, quiet and quaint scenic towns. We plan to rent a car if needed, but also enjoy publlic transportation. Where do we begin?

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1. Re: Recommendations for Travel in Ireland

October will not be a problem as far as accommodation goes. A car will give more freedom but tours will still be running from key places, Dublin, Galway, Killarney.

You can pick your towns and accommodation without being too committed.

Winging it the t2p way. or how we did Ireland before we moved over.

Book the 1st and last nights. Pin a Michelin 712 map on an empty wall. Decide any must see places and pin them. work out some stepping stones(towns) on a rough route. get a list of 3 guest houses and 1 hotel for these potential places. email the hotels and ask if there are (1) any events or festivals locally on your possible dates. (2) if the hotel is doing any special offers on your possible dates. Talk to your host and ask in the local pub what's worth seeing. Phone ahead at breakfast for the evening accommodation. Only book one night at once, if the place is good or there's things to do and see within a 30mile radius book an extra night.

Tourist Information Bureau are great and will always find you a bed for the night. Provided there is one available and of course provided they are open! not much fun knocking on doors at 6pm.

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Hello. Go to www.discoverireland.ie and www.heritageireland.ie for great ideas on planning your Irish vacation. There is so much to see in Ireland that some try to do it all, but with 10 days just be happy to see what you can without having to drive all over the country everyday. Some nice towns to look up are Carlingford, Trim, Slane, Kilkenny, Lismore, Dunmore East, Cahir, Cashel, Youghal, Bantry, and Glengarriff. Whatever you don't get around to on this visit you can see on your next trip, because once Ireland gets in your blood, you're hooked. Hope this helps, and enjoy.

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There are plenty of different places you could visit in Ireland! It depends on where you are flying to and where the flight back is from. As you are interested in walking, you could head to the wild Connemara, rich in natural beauty and an unspoiled environment with its many lakes, rivers, forests and peat bogs, County Cork, with some of the best walking routes in the country like Sheep’s Head Way or the Blackwater Way, or explore Wicklow, which despite its proximity to the capital contains many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails!

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4. Re: Recommendations for Travel in Ireland

Check out responses #3 and #5 here for overview of public transport options:


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5. Re: Recommendations for Travel in Ireland

Buy a travel guide. We started planning our trip by purchasing a Fodor's guidebook, which has travel itineraries, recommmnded hotels, etc. Then we started researching specific topics on this and other sites. The experts here were very helpful.

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