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B&B recommendations and hidden gems


This is a great site and I have already gotten great advice and tips. Now, I am going to impose some morebiggrin

We will be in Ireland for a month and hope to see as much of the country as possible. So, we would love to hear your favorite places to visit that might not make most publicized lists. We are adventurous and like the really ancient and historic sites.

Along with those suggestions, we would love to hear the recommendations for B&Bs or guesthouses. We hope to find places we like and use that as a hub to take day trips. Changing hotels/B&Bs every night is not on our list of favorite pastimes.

Thanks so much for all your help.

tresakon



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A lot depends on what interests YOU -- and where you plan to be . . .  biggrin  confuse  biggrin

Some of MY 'Go To' sites for interesting places:

http://www.irelandtravelkit.com/

http://www.megalithicireland.com/     You can select by TYPE -- 'Castles and Fortifications', 'Early Christian', 'Round Towers', 'Megaliths' -- OR -- by County.  Very handy.  Individual sites contain directions, photos and GPS Co-Ordinates.  Sub-sets (like 'Round Towers' ) are depicted by Maps, as well. 

Check out the use instructions and then follow the listed 'Link':   http://ireland.activeboard.com/t57499061/great-site-for-off-the-beaten-path-locations/ 

 



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A good start on choices for Accommodations is here, on the web sites.  I've NEVER been disappointed with any of Michele's picks!

http://www.irelandyes.com/lodgings.html   



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Look at the list of popular tourist locations. Dublin Doolin Dingle Kinsale Killarney/Kenmare Galway City take those places off any list other than as places to visit and you still have over 90% of the island of Ireland to consider. Huge areas of the Midlands, basically anywhere outside 30 miles radius from Dublin City is Country. with a couple of exceptions.

Ireland lends itself to a Month~ 4 weeks~ 4 Provinces. 1 province per month? My old method of sticking a Michelin 720 map onto a blank wall and sticking pins into points of interest might be one way of deciding bases..

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Thanks so much. Somehow I overlooked these answers and just posted another request for lodging recommendation. These are great and I really appreciate all the help.


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Tony2phones, I like the map on the wall suggestion. I have printed out several maps of Ireland have circled places of interest. Maybe I should print more and just do a county per page.

 



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From  tresakon   : 

"I read through your suggestions for the 6 day trip in June. We will arrive in Dublin on April 26 at 8:40 in the morning and fly out on May 23 at 8:55 am, giving us 27 days on the ground. We are hoping this amount of time will give us the best chance to see as much as we can. We will rent a car and be flexible about our itinerary.

A few questions:
Since we will be arriving before the true tourist season, how imperative is it to book BnBs early? If we are just driving from one town to the next in the afternoon, will be it fairly easy to find a local BnB? We would really prefer to stay with local families who are offering a room for rent. Do you have any recommendations for local lodgings? Or somewhere to stay in Dublin that is easy to get to and from the airport?

We would like to go 'off the beaten' path. Do you have any special places that you could recommend?

What type of car would be the best to rent? I have heard from others that many roads are very narrow and the brambles scratched the car as they drove. Would a small car be best? Would it be suitable for any hidden paths we find?

I would really love to have Michele Erdvig's book, but getting it shipped to Ecuador is a costly and tortuous process. I am trying to find someone from the States coming this way before we depart who could bring it to me.

Thanks for any info you can share. It is so cool that you are helping those of us who want to visit Ireland."

Michele's book has LOTS of useful info, but if you can't get access to it, go to this Link and scroll to the bottom for a good selection of her wisdom and advice: http://www.irelandyes.com/ 

I always chose a car suitable to my specific needs -- How many are in the party (We've done trips consisting of 2, 3, 4, 6 ), what appeals to my budget (Some times the difference in price is huge, but sometimes, it's negligible), how much luggage needs to be hauled about and how much driving I expect to do -- as comfort plans an important role, too!  I've never rented anything smaller than a Compact car -- VW Golf, Ford Focus, but sometimes, even for just the two of us, I've opted for a mid-size and even larger -- We had a VW Passat for one trip --Narrowness of roads CAN be an issue, but the difference in width between the smallest car (a VW Go or a Polo, or a Ford Fiesta and that of a Passat is NOT very much -- maybe 4" total, so cramming into a too small car isn't going to make much of a difference OR make the trip very enjoyable.

I ALWAYS book my first and last night's lodgings and I try to book in advance to minimize time wasted 'hunting down' a place, since I'm pretty much set, schedule-wise before my trip -- BUT, I have, on many occasions, opted to 'Book On The Fly'.  They trick is to start looking early (1 or 2 PM) and to be willing to make a few phone calls.  Local Tourist Offices in the larger towns will also help to locate a place for you, as well.  There are LOTS and LOTS of B&Bs all over Ireland, but I like to pre-choose, based on recommendations and Location (It's GREAT to be able to walk into town, visit a pub or eatery without having to drive back!), but those are the types of places that are most likely to be booked up, if you wait to long.

Michele has a number of recommended places on her Lodgings page:  http://www.irelandyes.com/lodgings.html  and we have never been disappointed by any of her picks.  I've also found a few gems that she hasn't yet rated, too -- but places like that are only of value if they coincide with YOUR travel, so you'll need to figure out a route before those suggestions are worth having. 

The same is true for 'Off The Beaten Path' sites -- once you narrow down a route (or, at least, a set of destination towns that we can help you turn INTO a route), then it's foolish to mention a place that's miles and miles away from your plan.



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Perfect!
There will just be the two of us with our backpacks and one suitcase each. The Golf and Focus were the ones we were looking into. I agree that comfort does matter if the price difference isn't huge. We are still negotiating through the rental process about the insurance. Our credit card will give us good insurance and we are trying to understand how turning down the CDW will affect us.

We will have our first and last night booked for sure. Our trips to Thailand and Italy were done the same way and they turned out just fine. I am excited that at least in Ireland I can communicate much easier. It would be ideal to leave in the morning to see the sites and start looking for the next nights lodging while having lunch. We would also like to find a central location to stay for several nights and do day trips. Any suggestions about which towns would lend themselves to this?

Thanks again,
tresa



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A Focus / Golf would be just fine with your stated luggage.

Best locations for 'Bases' are: Dublin (NO car, here), Galway, or vicinity, Kenmare / Killarney/ Killorglin, and Cork.  If Mayo, Sligo or Donegal factor in, Sligo, Westport and Letterkenny area make good bases.  So to, are spots in Wicklow, Kilkenny, Wexford or the Belfast area-- but as mentioned before, a lot depends on your interests, available time and, somewhat, time of year.

For example, on our last trip (our 21st!), we spent 6 nights based in Moycullen, just North of Galway as part of our 18 day visit.  We've also spent multiple nights in numerous Irish villages, towns and cities over the years -- and STILL haven't 'seen it all'!  biggrin  biggrin

The first four listed are the typical 'Go To' towns for the average tourist.  To get some ideas, you might want to read a few of the Trip Reports here on the Forum.



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Just post again if you want a recommendation in a specific town or area.

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