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Old 07-26-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Ireland, been there seen that!

If you visited the Island of Ireland, where should you go and what would you see?

I have been riding all over the island but there must be a few places I have missed.

Any ideas?

If you come here go to........

Newcastle County Down

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Old 07-26-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:09 AM   #3
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What the..........? No vegetable roll? No black puddin'? Sure thon's only half a fry.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:55 AM   #4
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Have a Fry in Café Crème

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Oh yes, there's nothing like a "Irish Breakfast" aka "a fry". You seem to have a slightly americanized form here cause you don't have black or white pudding, and coffee, instead of a mug of tea :) (It's essentially the same as an "English Breakfast"). Nothing like a good full breakfast in the morning. Sets up for hours of riding around. Nom nom nom.

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Having done it extensively over the last few years I'd recommend;

1. West Cork. Pretty much anywhere in West Cork. The road out to sheeps head is a good one, albeit a single track, windy, grass growing in the middle kind of road.

2. The ring of Kerry. All of it. Stopping for pancakes in Strawberry Fields (on the road past Barphinny lake at Molls Gap). Making sure to take in the Gap of Dunloe, Connor Pass and Valentia Island.

3. Donegal coast including a stop up at Malin head.


West Cork & Kerry are my favorites.
Ditto. Some great advice there. Kerry and Cork are my favourites aswell. I haven't gone up North much myself. Did a weekend around Donegal, which was good, but not as good at Kerry/Cork.

Got oodles of photos and videos myself:

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Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rorymcc...7627004907232/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/rorymcc...7626938588538/ etc.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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Ditto. Some great advice there. Kerry and Cork are my favourites aswell. I haven't gone up North much myself. Did a weekend around Donegal, which was good, but not as good at Kerry/Cork.
And not just the "ring" of kerry... Most folks only stick to the road that rings the peninsula (ring of kerry.... doh) but there are some truly remarkable sights if you go down the middle of the peninsula, on the black valley route... Killarney to Waterville via the gap of dunloe... Next time ye're down there, keep it in mind.... Tour busses can't fit on these narrow & twisty "1 car", or should I say "1 cart" lanes.... Perfect for dual sport bikes though










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Old 01-31-2012, 01:48 PM   #6
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On the "must do" list!

Alright then, I'm subscribed to this thread and taking notes. Looks to be some great country for exploring!

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:33 PM   #7
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And not just the "ring" of kerry... Most folks only stick to the road that rings the peninsula (ring of kerry.... doh) but there are some truly remarkable sights if you go down the middle of the peninsula, on the black valley route... Killarney to Waterville via the gap of dunloe... Next time ye're down there, keep it in mind.... Tour busses can't fit on these narrow & twisty "1 car", or should I say "1 cart" lanes.... Perfect for dual sport bikes though
Definitly! Think I've done part of that route you have there, maybe not all of it. There's still more for me to explore.

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The actual Ring of Kerry is alright, not great (I prefer the nearby Ring of Béara). Quite touristy. If you do do it, do it clockwise. All the busses and coaches have to do it anti-clockwise (they would get stuck otherwise), and if you go anti-clockwise you could be stuck behind a bus. Must better to meet them head on:



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Old 07-26-2011, 01:29 PM   #8
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Ireland, been there seen that!

Ride the The Mourne Mountains,
a granite mountain range located in County Down in the south-east of Northern Ireland,
are among the most famous of the mountains in the country.

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Old 07-26-2011, 02:48 PM   #9
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Great pics Bikemad. Looks like a good bike destination from what I can see?
Will have to check it out one day.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:26 PM   #10
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Holy Crap! That breakfast should come wtih a side of Lipitor and a defibrillator! Great late-night post-pub food.

My "peeps" are Ulster Scots, so Belfast and the surrounding areas are high on my "must do" list. The Sons of Anarchy episodes set in Belfast really piqued my interest in going over and renting a bike for a few days.
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Torrs Head Road or some such name in Antrim crawls along the cliffs and ocean. Awesome road, unfortunately it was storming when I was on it, so I was more concerned about going over the side.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:23 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=Celtic Curmudgeon;16486013]Holy Crap! That breakfast should come wtih a side of Lipitor and a defibrillator! Great late-night post-pub food.

Only 5g of fat.........
this breakfast is for a treat, not every week,
my boys call it a DIRTY FRY,
and all for only £ 5.00 $8.00 with coffee and no grits
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My wife and I honeymooned in Ireland, not on a bike though
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:04 PM   #14
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In '02 we honeymooned there as well, only mostly down southwestish.

Had a lovely time even if it rained everyday.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:04 PM   #15
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Holy shit its blue skys in those pics...

Lived there for 19 years but not a fan of sooo much rain... upside is rain = pub time...

when the weather is good it is brilliant ...

nice twisties in wicklow mountains...

not much dirt unless you are keen on mx, allot mates there ride track and mx and stay off the road...

I miss it
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