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Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

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Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

We will be driving counterclockwise starting in Dublin in early February and staying at 4 castles in the country - 2 nites each place (a fortnite?). This is a Groupon Great Vacations discounted trip. I would love suggestions on Irish food, raingear, rockhounding, and visiting a farm (especially with styes? interesting gates, and especially a goat farm). O'Neal cousin.

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11. Re: Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

There is a bog - which you can walk over by walkways - on the Copper Coast area of Waterford. However your route does not bring you anywhere near Waterford so it would make more sense to stay more or less on your route.

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12. Re: Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

castlebar.ie/mayo_historical_and_archaeologi… would be between Donegal and Dromoland but ffs that is a hell of a drive without making any detours for sightseeing.

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13. Re: Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

If you are staying in Dromoland you must visit the Burren...a vast karst landscape which now has geopark status

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14. Re: Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

On your full day in co. Donegal, you may wish to visit Slieve League Cliffs :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slieve_League

And this lies nearby:

http://www.gleanncholmcille.ie/

Definitely a visit to the Burren, but no "rockhounding" please. You'd be best to take a full day, ie your 1st full day at Dromoland to explore the area, which is about 45-minute drive from the Castle. Too much to see in 1 day, so have a look at the following, see what appeals to you - possibly Doolin cave?

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19855-Burren…

flickr.com/photos/…

Best to wear layers, including a waterproof coat and sturdy shoes/boots if you're exploring these areas

For plotting your journeys, recommend aa routeplanner, but do add 20% to the quoted drive times to allow for driving on unfamiliar roads, possible delays/diversions :

http://www.theaa.ie/routes/#

Edited: 12 January 2014, 12:39
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15. Re: Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

If you don't mind driving 45 minutes or so north of Dunboyne, you can visit Girley Bog, near Kells, both in Co Meath:

meath.ie/Tourism/…

ipcc.ie/discover-and-learn/…

independent.ie/lifestyle/travel/inside-irela…

independent.ie/lifestyle/travel/inside-irela…

If you want an expert guided tour of the bog:

http://www.meathecotours.com

In terms of geology of Co Meath:

heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Pub…

You can use this web site for other counties you are visiting as well:

http://www.gsi.ie/Your+County/Home.htm?st=Meath

Meath Tourism - you should definitely visit Newgrange, if possible. It's a Unesco World Heritage site:

http://www.meath.ie/tourism/

www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/

heritageireland.ie/en/…

www.stonepages.com/ireland/ireland.html

It would be fascinating to have a trip report from you, given the specific nature of your interests. Enjoy your visit.

Edit: Irish Geological Association:

http://www.geology.ie

Edited: 12 January 2014, 15:15
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16. Re: Two lady geologists from Louisiana & Texas

If you are in Girley , you really should try to do the Causey experience, almighty craic!

http://www.causey.ie/

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