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Dublin and the Northeast


Greetings to you Ireland experts!  It's been a long time since I have been on the forum but I have not forgotten the wonderful, valuable advice to be found here.  :)

A neighbor will be in Ireland in July as part of a choral tour.  They will be in Dublin for a week, and are planning to go north the following week.  I am developing a list of must sees from my own experience, but I wanted to ask you all what you would list as "try not to miss."

Many thanks in advance for your replies.  Let's assume a car rental for that second week.

Marie

 

 



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Welcome back!  biggrin 

My 'Go To' source for archeological interests has a SPIFFY, New, 'Clickable' Map!:  https://megalithicirelandmap.github.io/   As always, you can rummage through their regular site, as well, for either 'County By County' or 'Site Type' (Megaliths, Monasteries, Round Towers, Fortifications):  http://www.megalithicireland.com/

Just to get you started: 

The 'Green Blur' version:   biggrin  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin

Day 1: https://goo.gl/maps/X9gZyeq6iEy    Monasterboise, Proleek Dolmen, Faughart, Mountain of Mournes, and Downpatrick

Day 2:  https://goo.gl/maps/WgpYKyxMrjL2    the Ards  and into Belfast.

Day 3, more of Belfast, but add a trip to Carrickfergus Castle:  https://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Carrickfergus-Castle-Carrickfergus-P2814 

Day 4: https://goo.gl/maps/oJL2fZK3w1x   Glens of Antrim, Torr Head, Dark Hedges and Ballintoy Harbor.

Day 5:  https://goo.gl/maps/jZCCguek4Ax  Bushmills, Giant's causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Derry

Day 6:  https://goo.gl/maps/hExGzBaspbn   Omagh (Ulster-American Folk Park), Loughcrew and Trim

Day 7:  to Dublin

If that's ONE too many, drop Carrickfergus and only stay in Belfast for one night.

 



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Easier to show on a map than write 1000 words, Bob has what I would have as near as makes no difference.

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What are their interests? Do they prefer Bob's "green blur" or a slightly slower pace? Do they want to stay at hotels or B&Bs?

Some places that I really like:

Newgrange and Bru na Boinne
Carlingford
Trim Castle
Hillsborough Castle, Gardens & Fort (cute village too)
Mount Stewart House & Gardens
Greyabbey
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: http://nmni.com/uftm
Ards Peninsula
Antrim Coast and all associated spots i.e. Torr Road, Giant's Causeway, etc.
Dark Hedges

I think the above could fill a week but I also like the area around Enniskillen with its castles, caves and gardens.






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Marie:  My 'Green Blur' trip was meant more as an 'Opening Gambit' to show what COULD be done and what's available.  I would personally choose a slower pace by 'winnowing down' the options.

Michele -- You don't know how hard it was for me to leave Enniskillen out of the 'Mix'!   hmm  hmm

Tony -- I learned my map making skills from the one of the best (You!) . . .  biggrin  biggrin  



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Thanks, all! This will help so much. They are young and resourceful, and will be able to just pick and choose from what I offer in the way of suggestions. I don't know if they will prefer to go at a fast pace, or a slower one, with the idea that, what the heck, they will come back another time, for sure. :).


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I will be talking with them soon and will get back to fine tune. You are the best.

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Hello all,

 

I have more information now from the folks who are going to be in Dublin from July 4-9, and want to do the Northeast from July 9-15 (home). 

The Dublin itinerary is quite full.  They are traveling with a choral group, and the tours are pretty much in place. 

They are on their own from July 9-14 and are renting a car and heading north.  They are staying in an Air B & B in Castelrock the entire time.

They want to see a lot, but at a not-too-fast pace.  Ha, ha.....I know what you are going to say.  I will tell them what I know from experience (both mine and yours) and they can decide.

They are wanting to do a day boat trip to Scotland.  I am completely in the dark about that one.  They have not booked anything other than the Air B & B.

So.....car rental recommendations (it's been a while for me and I think there have been changes)

What is within reasonable distance from Castlerock....

Can't they do Newgrange/Tara on the way up? 

I think that's it.  All help welcome and appreciated.  I will check out these maps sites meanwhile. 

Marie



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Assuming pick up of the rental car at Dublin Airport, here's their route options:  https://goo.gl/maps/v1rWg4GyQvM2

I don't think any choice offers much more than for a cursory stop along the way. 



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Just a quick word about this post....the young couple did indeed go to Dublin and the Northeast and they loved it so much they want to buy a house over there!

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