Stayed the Glenview - pretty nice place, located between Wicklow and Dublin. See: http://www.glenviewhotel.com/
Good restaurant with a great view from the dining room...
...and they had Guinness
Temple Bar area of Dublin. Doesn't get more touristy than this, but still a good time for a night out...
Hope you like to drink beer...and lots of it...
I've been to Ireland 3 times, twice to the Republic and last year to N Ireland. Last two trips on golfing vacations. Never ridden there. People are superb. Friendly, hospitable and a bit off the wall. But always great fun. Roads are not great, but fairly consistent in a car. Eat in pubs. Restaurants are better than Scotland, but expensive for what you get.
I would ride there in a heartbeat, but my dance card is full this year. Enjoy!!!
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Been there, done that-I agree on the head S from Dublin through Wicklows(look for Tom Selick's place) then circle the south with Cork then Kerry route and back up to Galway & back across to Dublin. For 3-4 days it will be a riding tour only but give you enough to want to go back for more. We did an 18 day circum tour on our own & that onlt hits the high spots. Expect roads with a rock wall/dense hedge on each side a very limited vision. These rural roads get kinda hairy @ rush home time as the Irish drivers don't mess around on the way to the house! The weather in May can get past 55 F but not much. Dress for rain everyday & enjoy the sun when you get it. Some really nice gardens if your into that thing. As for castles, after a few I have seen my last one up close & personal & our upcoming trip to UK will NOT! include castle stops. Really, how many does one need in a lifetime? I am one of those people that will & can eat ANYTHING!, for the most part but was not overly impressed with the food anywhere there exception being a large micro brewery in Dublin. Also had a few good pub meals but the menus have a tendency to seem very repetitious. Whereas I like to try new stuff most places(I eat street food all the time in Mexico) there it was sameo. N. Ireland is more English menu but you don't have time to go there? or are you saying the bike part only is 3-4 days?
The bike deposit has been paid. We are booked and excitedly getting ready to go.
It will be a 3-4 day ride from Dublin.
We can't wait...
my concerns are:
- being too cold (we are going to bring some ski-gear 1st layers), or possibly getting wet.
- having enough room for my camera gear and warm clothes. (2 people, 1 bike. I'm a photographer for a living)
- riding on the opposite side of the road.
Other then that... Guinness here we come!
Good Luck and post your experience when you come back. Ireland is on my bucket list, too.
take a copy of "The Gaelic Letters" with you. A novel but lottsa info on Ireland as well. Great read. Ireland is a great tour. Hit the B and B's. Very nice, clean and chaheep. TR
Here is the report.
Cheers and thanks to those who responded to this topic.
My wife and I toured Ireland and did the circunavigation thing. We headed south and worked our way around. Celtic Rider did a fabulous job on our rental. Bike was in great condition and ran perfect. We had very few reservations and just picked up the B&Bs as we went along. Discovered some real charmers along the way. Stay off of the motorways and you will love it!! Doesn't take long to get comfortable with riding on the left. Tape a sign onto your windshield....Look Right Stay Left!!
Thanks for all the pics and advice. My wife and I are heading there for about a month in mid September and also renting from Celtic rider. Scotland first, then Ireland. We are very excided about the trip.
Greg and Melanie
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