Trip to Ireland, ask for advices and hints

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Posted: 12.02.2020  ·  #1
Good morning to everybody here.

First of all, I apologize for my poor English but I write from Italy where I live.
Not sure if this is the right section where to post my request.
If not, please move it to the right one.
I joned the forum just few days ago.
Let me first introduce myself.

Motorhomer since 1987, with my wife I visited almost all European Nations.
From the deep South (Sicily and Greece) to the Norvegian Finnmark.
Including almost all of former Eastern block Nations.

In 2012 we have already been to Ireland, in our itinerary we have always been close to the coast.
Sort of clockwise circumnavigation of the two Countries from Dublin to Dublin.
I mean the whole Island: the Republic and Northern Ireland.

I'd like to go back for about four to five weeks this summer.
Certainly we will retrace some stunning stretches already seen.
But we would also like to visit some places in the inland.
Do you have any suggestions ?

Thanks to everyone who wants to answer.

Max

p.s. I will be glad to share our travel experiences.
Feel free to get in touch with me if you need help.


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Welcome, Massimo,
Firstly get a copy of the MororparkingIreland app for places to stopover. Then get a look at a map of Ireland for the Rivers, Shannon, The Barrow, The Blackwater and look at the Canal system. There are lots of Historical sites and towns along with the river and canal system and with the app, you will find places to stay along the way and all of them are running through the middle of the countryside.

Do a bit of planning and then come back with questions about your route and likely stopovers.


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Do a bit of planning and then come back with questions about your route and likely stopovers.


Thank you for your welcome and prompt reply.

I am still in the preliminary planning phase.
Some sites/towns along the Shannon River had already been included.
I took note of Barrow and Blackwater and (not known, thanks) the Canal system.
I will arrange some visits in those areas and will be back as soon as I have a rough plan in place.

Thanks again and regards,

Max

p.s. even if we often use stopovers, pubs or even wild camping, in the summertime we usually stay at campsites.
My usual sources of data are sites like campercontact or archiecampings (both Dutch sites).
BTW, I will check the suggested App.

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Hi Massimo
You are very welcome and have come to the right place for information.
Keep the questions coming and you will get the replies,please also bring some lovely weather with you as it is in very short supply here at present.😄👍

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Hi Massimo,

Bring the weather and the Vino as it is a lot more expensive here than in Italy. On a serious note include the Celtic valley of the chieftains, Brú Na Boinne older than the valley of the kings, and more impressive from an engineering point of view. It is just outside of Drogheda, which in its own right is a historic town and worth a visit.

All the best with your trip.

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Hi mtravel,welcome to the forum ,I would recommend portumna and cashel both in the middle of Ireland both have great aires and cashel castle is a must see hope you make it as said before keep the questions coming you’ll always get a reply 👍

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Cashel: better known as "The Rock of Cashel"


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Hi Massimo,

Bring the weather and the Vino as it is a lot more expensive here than in Italy. On a serious note include the Celtic valley of the chieftains, Brú Na Boinne older than the valley of the kings, and more impressive from an engineering point of view. It is just outside of Drogheda, which in its own right is a historic town and worth a visit.

All the best with your trip.


Hi Bunny.
I quote you but it is for everyone who replied. Thanks so much.

Herebelow a list of sites/town seen in our first journey in your fantastic Country.
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Holyhead-Dublin ferry
Enniskerry - Wicklow Mountains
Powerscourt House and Gardens
Glendalough (Monastery)
Kilkenny
Waterford
Tramore
Clonmel
Cahir Castle
Cashel Castle
Cork
Clonakilty
Skibbereen
Toormore
Cloghane
Bantry (Bantry House)
Glengarriff
Dursey Head
Eyeries
Lauragh
Kenmare
Killarney
Killorglin
Cahirciveen
Portmagee e Valencia Island
Cliffs (Private, some €€ to visit)
Waterville
Sneem
Kenmare
Dingle
Ballyferriter
Tralee
Tarbert – ferry
Kilkee
Lahinch
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin
Kinvarra
Galway
Gortmore
Carna
Roundstone
Tour of “ Rounstone Penisnsula" – Road R341
Clifden
Westport
Achill Sound - Achill Island
Doogort (Cliffs)
Dooagh (Cliffs)
Keel West (Cliffs)
Pontoon
Ballina
Sligo
Rossess Point
Drumcliff (Yates Grave)
Donegal
Malin Beg
Slieve League
Narin
Dunfanaghy
Letterkenny - Horn Head and the Ross (clockwise)
Buncrana - Horn Head and the Ross (clockwise)
Malin Head
Inishowen
Derry – Londonderry (NI-EIRE border at Muff)
Limavady
Castlerock
Dunluce Castle
Giants Causeway
Colereine
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carnlough
Antrim
Belfast (two days)
Downpatrick
Newry-Dundalk (NI-EIRE border)
Monasterboice
Slane
Drogheda
Trim
Dublin (three days)
Dublin-Holyhead ferry

We will retrace some of beauties, Cliff of Moher or a couple of Rings for instance.
Instead we will skip a few sites/town already seen, Valencia Island, Cork or Cashel and its Castle for instance (I remember Sister Fidelma...).

As I said, I am working on a preliminary plan and for sure I will pose specific questions later.
In the meantime I will welcome some info on Northern Ireland too (if you have some).

Thanks again

Max

p.s.1: I will certainly bring some good wine.
Italian, not that nasty French one with more pretentious names than the flavor it has.
And I will be happy to share it with whom I will eventually meet.
p.s.2: In August 2012 the weather was not so bad, a few showers but nothing more.
Only in Tara Hill did we have a full day of rain. In fact, we didn't visit it.


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If you are coming in summer you’ll be surprised how much busier Ireland is since 2012. The cliffs of Moher do not always allow motorhomes especially in July and August. If you do the ferry from Kerry to Clare again include a trip around Loop Head and the Bridges of Ross.


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If you’re anywhere near Kilkee you ought to go to a great site in Doonbeg called Strandcamping (ahem.. that was the owner in previous post). Also, if exploring inland waterways I would recommend Lough Ree East campsite and Battlebridge campsite. And finally Kilaloe town itself for a visit if you are around Lough Derg, and Mountshannon as a great site to stay on Lough Derg.


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If you’re anywhere near Kilkee you ought to go to a great site in Doonbeg called Strandcamping (ahem.. that was the owner in previous post). Also, if exploring inland waterways I would recommend Lough Ree East campsite and Battlebridge campsite. And finally Kilaloe town itself for a visit if you are around Lough Derg, and Mountshannon as a great site to stay on Lough Derg.

If you don’t need or want a campsite then you can free park at Doonbeg pier or on the other side of the bay or at Loophead lighthouse itself, just try to include it in your tour if you have the time.

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If you don’t need or want a campsite then you can free park at Doonbeg pier or on the other side of the bay or at Loophead lighthouse itself, just try to include it in your tour if you have the time.

We already spent an afternoon at Loophead (see picture). I remeber it very well, some guys with huge telecopes doing wales watching from the top of the Cliff.
Of course we will return.
In the summertime we usually stay at campsites. We will probably get to your site and meet you.

Max

 


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If the weather is favourable take a look at County Fermanagh ( half of it is a lake!)
Stunning places to visit around the lake

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