Seven (10) Days in Eire

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  1. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    With apologies to Reckless Kelley (first line from the song:)

    "The first pub we could stagger to was twelve steps from the plane..."

    OK, that said, I'm planning a 10 day trip to Ireland in June of '18. Nine of it will be riding, one day layover in Dublin to catch an odd timed flight out. I'm renting a bike in Limerick and riding the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork (actually starting from Middleton) and riding clock-wise as far as Donegal before heading back to turn in the bike. Any inmates out there who have done something similar?

    My wife and I rented a car in 2015 and did a portion of this but left from Dublin and spent several days getting to Ballylongford where we spend four days researching (and finding) relatives. My dream, however, has always been to travel by motorcycle there.
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  2. General Relativity

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    It's really fantastic but I tend to dip in and out of the route depending on what part of the country I'm in. Worth remembering when you plan that its about 2600km long and many of the most worthwhile sections are on VERY minor roads so progress can be quite slow.... especially with plenty of stops along the way.
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  4. McRuss

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    Started the road trip read but no time right now. I agree with getting off the 'route' as my wife and I had some marvelous adventures being 'lost' on the back roads. I'm not great at attaching photos but will post one that you might 'enjoy.' It is in a very old graveyard and is my great grandparents and several aunts and uncles (never have figured out their burial methods!) I have a B&B res in Galway so will look into the ferry trip to the island. I'm spending an night in Listowel before taking the ferry from Tarbert across the Shannon.

    An aside, I finished my 'ride all 49 continental states' this past summer by spending a few days with a friend in NJ taking a day trip into CT, a side trip
    into RI and finished up with MA.




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  5. nickguzzi

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    For quite a few years, the ex would take her workshop across to Ireland and do a couple of jobs (she taught quilting). The straddled week would be ours to enjoy. Which we always did.
    In 5 days we could go from the start point in Naas (just outside Dublin) across to the west coast. We could easily do at least half, with a bit of giddy-up, a the whole could be done - with haste.
    We never planned or pre booked. There are lots of private B&B's around. Also quite a few hotels which can be reasonable, and often having their own restaurant, which can simplify eating.
    The important thing is to be sorted in your accommodation and sitting in a lounge somewhere, supping Guinness by 6pm, and with arrangements for eating in place.

    We usually went out of season, mid October. We did get rain, but more clear, if not always shiny days. Routes were not planned, the best looking roads being taken. Having fixed destinations just sets you up for trouble - IMHO.

    It's a great place, don't expect heat and sunshine (although that does happen) and you won't be disappointed.

    ps. Irish people always told me the country isn't called Eire - It's the Irish Republic and some people speak, and all at least learn Irish.
    Perhaps a native can clarify.
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    When you get to Killary fjord, check out the Delphi Lodge. Stay there if possible.
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  7. McRuss

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    The title of the song I quoted from uses the term 'Eire.' The 'southern Ireland' part is the Republic whilst the norther part is just that, Northern Ireland.

    As noted, my wife and I were there in June of 2015 and spent two weeks so I'm not exactly a stranger (plus I'm an Irish Citizen via my grandmother, not that that will get me a pint OR a cup of coffee...) I'm going in June for several reasons, not the least of which is because that is when I can. Also we experienced great weather then along with the higher prices associated with the tourist months. I've also found that B&Bs are already booked this far in advance for the 'high' months. I've often traveled with set destinations for each night and have never found that it detracted from my enjoyment of the country between destinations. My nights are close enough together to allow me ample roaming time and that I intend to do. I'm aware also that the Wild Atlantic Way is 2600 km but I'm only doing 1/2 or less.
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    So Mr Trip, the 'twin-tracks' are great but I wonder if you ran into situations where a little used twin-track or rocky trail road would dead-end at someone's gate? We have some great riding here in the TX Hill Country on similar roads but the do occasionally lead just to someone's private property without advance warning. And did you have detailed maps/atlas that would show those little roads?
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  10. Rhode trip

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    HiYa McRuss,
    Oh sure, we ran into a few gates...like this one.

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    Mrs Trip is muttering under her breath as she does a 3 point turn....

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    I recall a couple of others I haven't gotten to yet as well... one after a wet, muddy ride through a farm in the rain, and another with a water crossing that was too deep (and I chickened out)...
    But we normally travel this way, and dead ends are just a fact of life. You have to keep an eye on the fuel level. Ireland distances are not like Texas, though. We did not even bring the Rotopaks we always carry riding in the US west.

    As far as maps, I was mainly using a National Geographic Adventure map of Ireland and Garmin City Navigator Europe 2018. I also was carrying an AA Road Atlas of Ireland. The NatGeo map was more useful because it gives an idea of the landforms. Our standard routine is in the evening we will find lodging for the next night usually on Booking.com. Then I'll look at the paper map and find a rough route where we are going. Then I will plot a route road by road on my laptop with Garmin, convert that to a track, and load it to my Montana.
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  11. McRuss

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    Ah, been there, done that many a time in Texas! I'll look into the NatGeo map, have a pretty fair atlas and a decent Ireland map on my Garmin Nuvi. I use a Rotopak on my DR250 in NM but will be on a rent-a-ride Benelli TRK 502 w/ 20 ltr tank this trip.

    Thanks for the info!
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