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where to stay in the midlands?

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where to stay in the midlands?

We'll be staying in the midlands for one night, coming off a fairly full day in Galway, and en route to Wicklow. We'd like to do some of the recommended activites as we go (the Bog Train and Clonmacnoise).

Can you advise us on whereabout to stay -- upper or lower -- or does it matter? If you had to choose between Roscommon, Athlone, Shannonbridge, or Birr to get a B&B, which would you prefer? Any advice on location (or B&Bs for that matter) would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Hi KimmerU, we stayed in the Glendine Bistro and Restaurant in Kinnity Village some years ago. The rooms althoug small were ensuite and very comfortable. The food was wonderful. I have been trying to get a web-site but their address and telephone numbers are as follows:

Glendine Bistro

Kinnitty,

Co. Offaly.

Tel: 0509-37973

Fax: 0509 37975

You may be able to get an address from the following:

SLIEVE BLOOM RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY

COMMUNITY CENTRE, Kinnity, Co Offaly.

Phone: 0509 37299 - Fax: 0509-37351 - Email: info@slievebloom.ie

Hope this has helped....even a little. Take Care.

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2. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Hi - I checked with the Slieve Bloom Website and the Glendine does not have a web-site but is still operational.

If you want details of other B&B's in the midlands, key in Glendine and look at the Astronomy Clubs. There is a big telescope in Birr and amateur astronomers travel to see it :O)

Hope this has helped somewhat. Take Care.

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3. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Birr might be a good choice, the town is nice, the castle grounds are extremely interesting (particularly if you love trees) and the telescope is the oldest in Ireland (I think). You could find some information about B&Bs and hotels there under goireland.com. The B&B ratings on the Tripadvisor website might also provide some help. It's not too far to go from Galway and the trip to Wicklow is also not too long.

If you're going to the midlands (wherever you might stay) straight from Galway (rather than staying Galway itself) you should also let your landlady/landlord know the approximate time of arrival. Also, in that case you might not be able to take in Clonmacnoise (recommended sight). If you are staying in Galway make sure to visit Clonmacnoise on your way to the midlands. I believe there is access to the site through the graveyard rather than having to pay admission fee at the official entrance. On the other hand the visitor centre would have information and toilets. Please note: public toilets in Ireland should be avoided at all cost!

Roscommon town is actually also quite nice and you could get information about B&Bs and hotels on the Internet. Athlone is handy and the town has improved a lot over the years, some nice shops there.

Where in Wicklow are you going?

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Hello again, and thank you again for great advice. It looks like we'll be staying in the Glendalough area of Wicklow, but we're hoping to tour the whole area while there.

We've gone back and forth over whether to stay in the midlands at all. The thought was that after full day in Galway/Conneamara it would be better to stay in the middle than to head straight to Wicklow.

Our trip is broken up like this:

Arrive Shannon airport; two night stay in Galway

one night stay in midland area

one night stay in Wicklow

two nights in Dublin, fly home

Would you recommend staying another night in Galway or Wicklow instead of the midlands, or do you think the midlands would be a good resting place? There seems soooooo much to do in Galway and sooooo much to see in Wicklow that we are questioning the midlands, which the books have very little about. Please feel free to share any thoughts on the matter.

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5. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Hi Kimmer - for the sake of your sanity, take the second night in Wicklow. There are some lovely places in the midlands but all are within reach of Galway or Wicklow or can be done on the way. As you mentioned, The Bog Train and Clonmacnoise are lovely. Birr Castle and Gardens are also lovely. ( I have done all three in a day and travelled on). Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan (search this forum for previous posts) is also worth a view and is on the main Galway-Dublin Road.

Hope this has helped. Take Care.

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6. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Sorry - nothing insane about the midlands - they're lovely. But a different bed each night can be exhausting.

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7. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Of the places you mentioned, Roscommon is a bit out of your way, Athlone is ok but you could probably do a bit better to be honest, Shannonbridge is v cute but really nothing in it (except a shop that sells wonderfully creamy 99s (whipped vanilla icecream in a cone with a chocolate flake stuck in it!); Birr is nice.

Banagher, which is on the Shannon, is a v pretty little town with the coolest pub called Hock's. You have to lift up a big curtain of ivy to get in the front door!

But to be honest, you probably are better off to keep going and get to Wicklow. A fantastic little hotel there that has the most wonderful afternoon teas in the garden is Hunter's in Rathnew. It's a former coach-inn and over 200 years old. V atmospheric!

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8. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Thank you all for your advice -- this forum has been invaluable in helping us plan our trip. Less than one month! I can hardly wait!

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9. Re: where to stay in the midlands?

Enic,

Thanks so much for your advice and recommendations. And while the Hunter's in Rathnew looks *absolutely fabulous,* unfortunately its nightly rates are higher than our budget allows.

However, according to their website, we could still go there for tea in the gardens and get to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and premises. :-)

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Have a lovely time!