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Have never been to ireland but would like to, i think!

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cheeryface Wed 19-Sep-07 12:12:12

can anyone tell me which parts of ireland are nice? Places to see things, nice places to stay??

any info really please smile

quickdrawmcgraw Wed 19-Sep-07 12:14:04

my house. beeeoootiful it is.

And also the wesht and west Cork.

Sunshinemummy Wed 19-Sep-07 12:14:14

I believe the West Coast is lovely. Around Kerry. I've only been to south of Dublin which was very nice.

MrsBoo Wed 19-Sep-07 12:20:47

It's quite expensive (hotels etc) and some of the standard aren't great.
Expect to see hundreds of American toursists if you do Killarney, Blarney etc

cheeryface Wed 19-Sep-07 12:23:12

o.k so where could i find beautiful tranquil scenery for me, without being to far from things to do for an 11 and 8 year old??

jeangenie Wed 19-Sep-07 12:35:46

when you thinking of going, what do the kids like to do etc etc
will come back later and have a think for you

cheeryface Wed 19-Sep-07 14:56:40

not sure when to be honest. they like allsorts. museums, go karting, rides, fishing , animals etc

cornsilk Wed 19-Sep-07 15:00:09

We always go to Connemara. Lovely scenery - when it's not raining!

Dumped Thu 20-Sep-07 13:20:26

You will save a good bit on hotels because of the favourable exchange rate. As for hotel standards ? They are exactly the same as here. You get what you pay for Mrs. Boo.

Eating out is expensive though. To save a few bob have your main meal at lunchtime, or go for the Early Bird menus. Pubs are also a great bet for a good meal. Avoid overpriced restaurant a-la-carte menus.

Dublin is great for kids. Plenty to do. As is Galway & Connemara in the West. Lovely wild scenery, but enough going on in Galway city to keep the kids amused. The Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare are worth seeing & the little town of Doolin is where you go if you are into music & the craic. Some lovely beaches in Clare also.

Wexford/Waterford is the "Sunny South East". Lots of nice beaches, plenty for kids, but best visited in summer.

West Cork is beautiful (westcork.ie) - lovely beaches & quaint little towns dotted all the way along the coast.

Kerry has the mountains & lakes - very scenic. Killarney is a bit over commercialised for my taste - the town of Kenmare a better bet.

KerryMum Thu 20-Sep-07 13:21:17

KERRY!

KerryMum Thu 20-Sep-07 13:21:32

More later....In a dash....

jeangenie Thu 20-Sep-07 13:41:42

I'm with dumped! that's exactly what I would have recommnded
the burren is lovely, which is where doolin is iirc. great caves (Ailwee) to explore too.
Galway fab - great scenery further out and the city is brill for adults and kids. I think you can get out to the islands from there which would be fun
Kerry is a very special place - kenmare is great, Sneem is pretty, Caherdaniel and derrynane are great in summer for beaches, mountain walks and watersports
killarney is very touristy but the view down on the lakes from just after Molls gap is great
west cork - allihies and eyeries are nice - great hostel in allihies with family rooms, the drive down the beara peninsula is fantastic. Healy pass from one side of the peninsula to the other is also stunning from scenic perspective
baltimore, skibereen, clonakilty, schull, crookhaven all worth a visit
east cork - ballycotton is nice (less wild though) ballymaloe house fabulous to stay in but pricey
cork city itself is also nice
wexford also good - hook head peninsula has great scenery and a lighthouse to explore, in Rosslare strand there is a great hotel (Kelly's) with spa and all round good facilities - not cheap but very accomodating
if you are driving from ferry at rosslare to the west of ireland recommend you take the small car ferry from duncannon to passage east - avoid lots of boring roads and traffic and is very pretty
have fun!!!

jeangenie Thu 20-Sep-07 13:44:35

oh, if in wexford go to kilmore quay - little fishing village with nice pub (kehoes I think ) which does food and if the day is right(most days as teh boats come in I think) you'll see some seals which follow the boats into harbour. We saw one in the summer and a fisherman gave DD1 some fresh mackeral to feed it with. Was fantastic!

stleger Thu 20-Sep-07 14:05:59

Look at the Landmark Trust Ireland places - if you can get the Wicklow Head lighthouse it is great for places to go. Dublin is very busy, if you like a city break. Cork and Galway if you want a city with seaside and country in easy reach. Kerry - seaside near Tralee is nice (google Banna Strand). And Northern Ireland is sometimes very good for 'deals'. Eating out is hit and miss - pubs and bar food can be better with kids, I have read some bad reviews of expensive places recently in the posh papers. Not that I can afford expensive anyway.

cornsilk Thu 20-Sep-07 14:25:36

Renvyle house hotel (Connemara) has amazing food and is good for kids also.

stleger Thu 20-Sep-07 15:17:52

Is Renvyle really expensive? Connemara is lovely, but pretty 'wild' as opposed to 'things to do'. Unless you want to talk to a barrister, they all have holiday homes there.

fireflyfairy2 Thu 20-Sep-07 15:30:37

If you're thinking of the North then the Causeway coast has some breathtaking scenery.

There is The Giant's causeway: here

Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge: here

here Is a long list, carrickfergus castle, The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Barry's amusements in Portrush, The marble arch caves etc.....


Depends what you like to do I suppose

When we go to the South of Ireland we either go to Galway or Westport. Both are lovely & we always find plenty to do

Hotels are exactly the same standard as everywhere else... we're not living in the dark ages you know wink

stleger Thu 20-Sep-07 15:43:24

FF - stop making me homesick, we have to stay with MIL in Co Down and can never get to the Causeway Coast. (And with teenagers we find it easier to do self catering and eat out a bit as hotels are too cramped/expensive.) I'd avoid staying in Portrush!

fireflyfairy2 Thu 20-Sep-07 17:06:49

Definitely! Portrush is fine for a day trip but don't stay there!!!


Aw are you from here then Stegler? [Though I do recall having this conversation with someone before, might it have been you?]

I go to uni in Coleraine & am quite often down round the port!

Was there today infact!

KerryMum Thu 20-Sep-07 17:14:47

Though I live in Kerry my absolute favorite place in the whole world is rural Mayo, especially around Clew Bay. Breathtaking.

KTeePee Thu 20-Sep-07 17:21:20

Agree Kerrymum - bit of a hidden gem, not really on the main tourist trail.... went there for my honeymoon smile

stleger Thu 20-Sep-07 17:36:54

From Belfast, live in Cork - so know the midlands well from the trek north! Any queries on days out in Laois?

KerryMum Sun 23-Sep-07 22:57:44

Don't go on that damn Carrick -A -Rede bridge if you value your life!

It shakes and shivers and blows in the wind! shock

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