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5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

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5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

Hi,

We are a senior couple, Scotsman and American woman, flying into Dublin in Aug. 2014. Please help plan 5 day trip avoiding tourists. We love seaside walks, historic sites, pub food, lovely drives, small hotels or B & Bs with friendly hosts. No pets, screaming children or loud drunks wanted for company. Not familiar with Ireland and don't need to visit St. Patrick's or kiss the blarney stone.

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1. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

You are visiting at the height of the tourist season and during school summer holidays, so it might be difficult to avoid "all" tourists and screaming children . . . . .

If you want a quieter area, suggest you head to Mayo/Sligo/Leitrim/Roscommon as the west/south-west generally tends to draw more tourists and holidaymakers.

http://visitroscommon.com/

Boyle is well-positioned as a base from which to see a variety of historic sites; very quiet when I visited last

August :

http://www.kinghouse.ie/

www.heritageireland.ie/en/West/BoyleAbbey/

http://www.loughkey.ie/

http://www.rathcroghan.ie/history/

http://www.strokestownpark.ie/

If you want seaside as well, then maybe pop up to Sligo or Mayo for a couple of days - but bear in mind that families will be attracted to the coast at this time of year.

Mayo : Maybe somewhere like Louisburgh, which lies west of Westport, the latter which I think you might find too busy and touristy.

http://www.mayowalks.ie/home/

http://www.mayotrails.ie/greatwestern.html

http://www.clewbaytrail.com/index.php

http://www.omalleyferries.com/

http://www.clareisland.info/

www.museum.ie/en/intro/country-life.aspx

For accommodation, have a browse through these websites; I've found some lovely places in Ireland over the pAst few years:

www.sawdays.co.uk/accommodation/…

http://www.hiddenireland.com/

http://www.irelands-blue-book.ie/

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2. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

Greetings Sarabelle, Boyle is a favorite of mine, lovely B&B's, beautiful walks, Lough Key Forest & Lough (lake).

Less than 15 min. N4, Lough Arrow, Great Loop walk, bring travel binoculars, Carrowkeel Neolithic Tombs. Lough Gill is a few minutes further, lovely boat ride on the Lake.

Sligo Town minutes from Lough Gill, Queen Maeve's Tomb, sits above Sligo town. Strandhill & Rosses Point, on the coast, less than 15 min.'s from Sligo Town.

Co. Mayo, Lough Callow & lough Muck, on the N26, between Swinford & Foxford, Lough Callow loop, great walk, wildlife, birds, wildflowers abound.

Everyone at TA, is here to assist you, in having a magical & memorable visit in Ireland.

Hope this helps

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3. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

HI,

We are getting into Dublin late PM and renting car. Can you recommend a seaside town that is less than an hour's drive, perhaps for the first night?

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4. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

Seaside towns tend to have children and tourists in them, as do historic sites.

I think you've got a bit of a conundrum going on here.

Good luck with your plans...

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5. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

Last year we spent a week in a very quiet area of Connemara, Galway. There are three beautiful lakes in close proximity to each other: Lough Corrib, Lough Mask, and Lough Nafooey. Lough Corrib is located near Cong, County Mayo. A few miles away, just outside of Clonbur, Co. Galway you can find Lough Mask Drive which is a scenic drive that takes you north into Co. Mayo.

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6. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

Here's a summary of our whirlwind trip to Ireland, lasting 4 days. We stayed in the lovely seaside town of Dun Laoghaire for 2 nights, one night in the lovely Vale of Avoca and 2 in Dublin. We found the Irish countryside very beautiful and the people very friendly. People in Dublin were friendly although we mostly saw Americans (ugh.) It was an AMERICAN football weekend and we are not fans so having the small city crowded with Americans wasn't great. You couldn't get into the Dublin restaurants for dinner and our Hotel (Clontarf Castle) closed its restaurant for a wedding party. Lucky we had a car to drive outside the city for dinners. We travel in the UK frequently and found Ireland to be quite a rip-off and not only the high prices but institutionalized rip-offs practiced by car rental companies, Aer Lingus, and hotels. Visiting some seaside towns we saw betting places, Dollar stores and empty storefronts. We saw only one thatched cottage.Sadly due to their troubled economy. Our trips through English and Scottish countryside were less costly and we saw many more cute pubs and thatched cottages.

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7. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

Many thanks for coming back.

Maybe try June next time.

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8. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

I'm not sure about the rip off's but Dublin and surrounds is the dearest part of the country re: eating out, etc.. Regarding car rental rip off's, that subject has been covered ad nauseam on this forum, I'm not going to comment on it. Thatch cottages are becoming more and more rare. Ireland certainly isn't the stone walls, pony and trap, and wee humble cottages of John Ford's vision. I'm not sure if you enjoyed your stay or not, but I hope you did.

Edited: 12 September 2014, 21:33
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9. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

##Visiting some seaside towns we saw betting places, Dollar stores and empty storefronts. We saw only one thatched cottage.Sadly due to their troubled economy. Our trips through English and Scottish countryside were less costly and we saw many more cute pubs and thatched cottages.##

Yes, people bet in Ireland, yes there are Euro Stores (absolutely NO dollar stores here) and there are empty shop fronts. BUT you will see exactly the same in the UK.

One thing that I have noticed Sarabelle is that you have not once said thank you to anyone who has helped you here on the Ireland forum on Trip Advisor. All of your posts here are complaining and rather condescending

e.g.

"No pets, screaming children or loud drunks wanted for company"

"we mostly saw Americans (ugh.)"

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10. Re: 5 day self drive in Irish countryside on road less travled

well said all...

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