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Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

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Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

My husband and I are planning a holiday in Ireland in August. We have a week, flying into Dublin but could fly out of Shannon or anywhere else back to London. Our priority is beautiful countryside / stunning scenery for driving and walking, preferably away from hordes of other people. We don't need to see everywhere - which I've understood will not be possible anyway as there's obviously much too much to do in a week. Ideas please as to an itinerary / what area we should head for?

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1. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

Once you get out of the cities the countryside tends to be quiet. There are any number of places you could go. Do you want B&B, or self catering, or what kind of accommodation would you prefer?

West Waterford is lovely and there are lots of places to drive, with both seashore and mountains to explore.

Admittedly on a sunny Sunday in August you are going to find crowds on the beaches and in parks and beauty spots wherever you go, as all the locals come out to play, but even so if you decide on an area and ask on here, locals will be able to tell you where to go for peace and quiet.

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2. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

If Shannon is your choice to depart, you will have some very good options, as it is located in county Clare.

The Burren, cliffs of Moher, Loop Head, Lough Derg along with some beautiful country side scattered with pretty villages and medieval castles make for an interesting day trip.

burrenbeo.com/visitor-interactive-map.aspx

http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/TakeTheTour.aspx

http://www.inisoirr-island.com/

http://www.loopheadclare.com/

http://www.shannonheritage.com/

http://www.discoverloughderg.ie/

Driving routes in county Clare:

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Walking - you can follow:

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If you depart from Dublin, you will have great choices also during the week, eg the countryside in Wicklow - and there are other airports at Knock, Waterford, Galway, Cork, Kerry etc etc.

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August is the height of the holiday season, so you might find it difficult to get away from the crowds. However, there are beautiful, quiet areas in Ireland that you might want to consider. For example the Nire Valley in Co. Waterford. There's good walking and gorgeous scenery: http://homepage.eircom.net/~gracedieu/Walking.htm I've stayed at Glasha Farmhouse and it was just lovely (www.glashafarmhouse.com/). This area would make for a very good touring base. The Copper Coast in Co. Waterford is also very interesting: www.copper-coast.com/copper/web

Another county you might consider would be Leitrim (www.riversdale.biz/walking.htm). And I can also recommend Riversdale Farmhouse B&B from personal experience.

There's also Cavan and Monaghan, rather underrated counties with lovely scenery and walks. Cavan007 will be able to advise. The Cuilcagh mountains in Co. Cavan on the border with Co. Fermanagh are just beautiful. The whole area is full of great things to see. /www.discoverireland.com/us/ireland-things-to-see-and-do/listings/product/?fid=FI_71492

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4. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

If you want QUIET countryside, you must go to Ross Castle, Co. Cavan on the shores of Loch Sheelin, now run as a B&B. A bit tricky to find but absolute peace & serenity. After plenty of research for an authentic castle this is the best you'll get. Most other castles have been turned into 5star hotels so its hard to find anything like it. Ask for one of the Tower Rooms and you'll stay in an authentic castle, supposed ghosts but we didnt come across any. We stayed there last June for 4 days and Benita & Sam are fantastic hosts. Plenty of walks or lots to see not far away, lovely countryside. Theres not much mention of Ross Castle in TA but go to www.ross-castle.com for info.

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5. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

Carlow is a forgotten part of the country, so it is never too busy. It has gorgeous walking country. It's also a good touring base for the east/south-east.

http://www.carlowtourism.com/walk1.html

www.travelireland.org/carlow/index.html

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6. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

nah, its the west of ireland that you must come to - plenty of lovely connemara villages with great peace and quite and amazing scenery.

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7. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

Ferdia, again, your posts are amazing and Ive started a file of your suggestions and links for our September trip. ( bernstes, sorry to horn into your thread! Have a wonderful trip.)

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8. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

Thank you all for your help - I've never done this before so I'm overwhelmed by how helpful you all are!

I thought I'd pretty much settled on an itinerary -

Days 1+2 - Dublin - maybe Brooks Hotel?

Days 3+4 Waterford - Castle Country House?

Days 5+6 Killarney - maybe Loch Lein Country House?

Day 7 - County Clare - maybe Sheedy's - but a bit far from Shannon for an early flight...

Day 8 - Fly home early morning

BUT then some friends came to visit who were in Ireland last year, and they said if they had to choose between them, they would go for Dingle rather than Killarney. But they also said Dingle is very crowded in August...

I'm worried if I just cut Killarney down to one night, in order to get up to Dingle, we'll spend most of our time in the car.

All comments welcome - including on the accomodation...

Thanks everyone!

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9. Re: Trip planning - beautiful QUIET countryside in August

Brooks is a lovely hotel in a great location. You will be able to walk to a lot of the popular sights and attractions, as well as to a lot of good pubs and restaurants from there.

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