Looking for advice on the best places to go
I'm traveling alone, don't plan on renting a car.
Looking for the best places to see, countryside, history, nature and "Real Ireland"...
Any suggestions will be welcome...
P.S- planning on traveling cheap...I'm a student
Skip the Cliffs of Moher, (although Doolin, which is nice, near the Cliffs seems to cater to backpackers) skip the Dolmen, spend the least amount of time in Dublin (not represent of Ireland at all). Waterford is cute, port town-ish though.
If you're feeling bold, hitchhike! I haven't, but know people who have, and I have heaps of family there, and have met enough random locals that I'd feel comfortable enough doing it, and I'm not a huge risk taker.
For some random Irish history, Cong, County Mayo is The Quiet Man was filmed. It's an old Irish movie with John Wayne and Maureen OHara in it. Anyways, there's a lot of stuff dedicated to the movie there. I was there a few years ago with my family and the owner of the pub the cast hung out in closed the pub but let us stay as long as we like!
I know this bit of information isn't very helpful, but at least you know it can be done: I met a young couple hiking Ireland a few years ago. They had a map of hiking paths (which I guess run all over the country) and their tents and raingear. Don't forget the raingear!!
And about the weather: there's never bad weather, only bad attitudes and wrong clothing. Or something like that
If you're a fan of hiking and want to get some great views of Dublin Bay try Killiney Hill or the start of the Wicklow Way.
Honestly I could go on for ages about things to do in the Dublin area. The rest of Ireland I don't know so much about. But if you need any more advice feel free to send me a message. Hope you enjoy your stay!
The following might be useful to you, as well.
There's a part of Killarney National Park in walking distance of Killarney town (tourist epicenter of the Ring of Kerry, but it is a beautiful part of the country).
Anyway, I loved the Aran Islands and definitely recommend them as a good place to go. The ferry companies organise busses from Galway (also a good stop), so they're easy to get around. All are small enough to walk, and bike rentals are also available, at least on Inis Mor, which make it easy to get from end to end.
Connemara is gorgeous, some good hiking in the area. There's some rural hostels around that arrange buses from Galway, otherwise, there's also a Bus Eireann route that winds through the region.
Nothing else really springing to mind. I'd agree the ring of Kerry is pretty, but I found that the crowds sufficiently offset that that I wouldn't rate it as a highlight. I've heard good things about the far north, but it's much more difficult to do by public transit. Some friends recently did a bike tour through Donegal and had a great time, if that's something that interests you.
Can't really comment on the safety aspect and only hitched a few times but as far as I remember from my childhood there's a lot less hitch hikers than there used to be (maybe this will change if the recession keeps rolling on), I think there's people on this forum that have hitched in Ireland that may have good advice if you start an separate thread.
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