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Need a lot of advice /starting point

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Need a lot of advice /starting point

I'm not even sure where to start. We are tentatively planning to go to Ireland mid April for about a week. I think Raleigh Durham airport flies into Dublin. We will rent a car and wander. We are mostly interested in the scenic areas, not so much cities or shopping. I have a tendency to want to see everything! All the online info is either pretty contradictory or want to steer me to cities. For somebody who drives 120 miles or so each way for a day trip pretty regularly, driving isn't a problem. Suggestions for cliffs, water, national parks, good hiking, etc? I'll take any advice on itinerary too, I'm not entirely sure of driving distances between the most gorgeous places. I'm sadly ignorant about Ireland and would love to fix that.

I can easily drive to Washington DC if that gives us a better airport to fly into and the week can be a bit longer if need be. I just don't know where to start.

I'm sorry if this is vague, as I get some ideas I'll be able to pin things down better.

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21. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

Soonas,

This Sunday my friend & I were on Inishbofin Island and walked the Cloonamore Loop, we picked & ate blackberries out & back.

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22. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

LOL Soonas! That is what I get for growing up a 'city girl'! Oh Kesh, we will be doing that walk on our trip after next, DH is going to be quite happy....with stained teeth!

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23. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

Akandal,

Stayed in your favorite town a few nights before & after The Food Festival Weekend on Inishbofin.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g65866…

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24. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

Very nice Kesh! Longing to be back, it is breaking my heart a bit that our next trip won't see us calling there but I feel like we have to do service to the southern bits before we go back 'home'!

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25. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

Anakandal, you will just have to move here full time !

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26. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

I am ready, that is my retirement plan (hopefully DH will agree!)...but am 47 so have more time to put in!

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27. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

akandal,

O'Dowds on Thursday for Breakfast, (Smoked Salmon & scrambled eggs) it was an absolutely glorious day.

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28. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

That looks like what we will be doing to! RDU to NY to Shannon. Thanks!

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29. Re: Need a lot of advice /starting point

Well, we are frequent visitors from Canada, also used to driving long distances, so simply keep in mind that Ireland has very good highways that get you to un-touristy areas like Donegal, Sligo etc in about 3 to 4 hours. I say non-touristy because tour groups usually cannot afford the time it takes to get everyone up there, but in a rental car, you are the boss, the scenery anywhere will give you a memorable trip, a week I might add is a bit short so try to head to one county location that you research online, then drive to it, as an example the Dingle Peninsula (find th exact area with a Google search) was where parts of the Star Wars was filmed, of course no sets there now, but the scenery is beautiful. An area in the south

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