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West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

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West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

With limited time, 6 nights, flying in/out of Dublin-early October-need advise. Not into cities, blarney stone. Want to see beauty of country--espeically seascapes, traditional Ireland, real folks & beautiful vistas. Travel agents insist must go only South & some west. Travel books show such beauty in West, North West & North (minus Belfast). But with limited time--what wld be best route for our preference?

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1. Re: West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

If your travel agent served you well they would have flown you into the west and allowed you to fly into Shannon making your trip possible with out having to enter a city. Perhaps you can check and change? I would suggest either two locations, one in Clare and one in Connemara for about 3 nights each OR two locations, one in Dingle and one in Kenmare again for about 3 nights each. You will get more than you can handle of " beauty of country--espeically seascapes, traditional Ireland, real folks & beautiful vistas" at either of these locations. Yes, you could do both options in your 6 days but that would mean a lot more driving and a lot less vacationing.

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2. Re: West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

IMHO the West and Northwest are the most beautiful areas of the country. Connemara is not that far of a Journey from Dublin, but Donegal is the most beautiful, with rugged coast line amd very remote areas. The people are very warm adn thte irish is still spoken, just a thought

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You didn't say what time of the year you are going but the North and Northwest,Donegal down to Sligo,will have a lot less tourists than the West and South of Ireland.Donegal has to be the most scenic county in Ireland and also the least traveled. I spent a week in Bunbeg last June and never met another American the entire time. The tourists I did meet were mostly from Scotland,England and Northern Ireland. There are numerous beaches with no or very few people on them,many you can drive your car directly onto the sand.

Northern Ireland has the Antrim Coast,Mountains of Mourne,Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery and much more. It truly is worth looking in to if you want to avoid the hordes of tourists in the South.

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4. Re: West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

Well you can certainly tell your travel agent that he doesn't know what he is talking about because the south-west is the most touristy area of Ireland at any time of year, so I guess that if you are coming into Dublin you would either head across to Galway and the Connemara region with its beautiful coastal scenery or head north west to Sligo/Donegal. October is a month of contrasting colour and I especially recommend the forests and lakelands of Cavan/Leitrim as wonderful places to visit. You can also visit the fabulous Marble Arch caves at Florencecourt.

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Well Kerry and particularly the Ring of Kerry offer magnificent scenery but you have to suffer the crass commercialism of places like Killarney, if you want to see it. It is oppressive at times. Galway & Mayo in the west are realistic alternatives with fewer tourists but Donegal in the north west is stunning and with far fewer tourists than also. The downside of course is that it is less commercial precisely because it is less accessible. There are also fewer accommodation options as well, but you would expect that naturally. But it is still reasonably easy to get to, particularly if you fly into Belfast - although as far as I know the only direct flights from the US are from Newark NY (Continental Airlines). Car hire is essential though.

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6. Re: West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

Several of u nailed it. Based on our preferences,travel agents shld hv flown us into Shannon or Belfast rather than Dublin; and not be pushing points South. Suspect our being there in mid October makes them feel more confident of good weather in South than North West or North. Don't care about rain & can't change flights now--so--is October going to be a pretty time for Northwest, West? With 6 nights, if we arv/depart from Dublin-and want to see the best of the West and/or Northwest mid October you all suggested in your replies--where should we head to straight from Dublin? Drive inland straight to the west, then head North? Drive Northwest, then west? Travel agent has shown not dolling out best advise. I trust this forum instead.

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I'm going to Bunbeg in mid-July. I was last there 25 years ago - when my family lived in the UK we spent our summers there, as my mother was born there. Apparently it has changed but not much. I've been told by many people that most other areas in Ireland have changed a great deal.

So it is still the traditional Ireland. And it is so beautiful. Look at it on Google Earth etc. Donegal seems to match what you want.

You could hire a car in Dublin and drive or fly (AerArann 50 Euro return 50 minute flight) and hire a car at Carrickfinn Airport.

We are renting a cottage. Sometimes works out cheaper than staying in a hotel or a B&B.

If you wish, I'll let you know what it is these days when I return.

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8. Re: West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

I don't think you will find 'pretty' scenery in Ireland in October. Striking maybe if the leaves have changed, which they probably will have, dramatic, exhilarating, awsome, lots of other words, but not really pretty, you would have to be here in May for that :)

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9. Re: West & North? South & West? West? 1st Timer

From Dublin to Donegal is about a 3,5-4 hr drive. You could use Letterkenny as an early bas> It is a good size town with amenities yu may need. From there there are many driving tours that can be taken. The coas line is stiking and the wildness of the countryside would be more of the traditional Ireland. Take N56 out of Leterkeny to the coast and come back through Glemveigh National Park. Go up to Malin and Fanad. After a couple of days you could go south through Sligo, Mayo Galway then cut across the Midlands back to Dublin. Just a suggestion

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