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Southern Ireland trip in August 2017

 
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Jul 28, 2016 09:29 |  #1

Staying in Kenmare for two weeks next summer. We have the accommodations set and will be there with loads of family from the states. I know absolutely nothing about Ireland and need suggestions about everything from photography sites to food and also driving on the wrong side of the road.

I've bought the Rick Steves book and will use it a lot I'm sure (his book was very useful in Paris way back when). Looks like the Ring of Kerry is a must, as well as Killarney National Park and the Torc waterfall. How about the Dingle peninsula? Is the Skellig Michael worth almost a day?

Have you been there? What did you like? What didn't you like?
Is it worth taking the train to Dublin for a few days?

My photography kit is pretty much set but I will need a smaller travel tripod. I plan on taking the 16-35 and the 70-200 with both bodies and one flash. Thinking of the pancake as well. Lee filters will come for sure. Hope to shoot tons of landscape, architecture & family.

Any comments from those that have been, or live there, are appreciated. School me please.


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Jul 28, 2016 19:19 |  #2

I'm heading there in September. Looking forward to the Giants causeway




  
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Jul 28, 2016 21:06 |  #3

Complete opposite side of the country for me unfortunately.


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Jul 29, 2016 11:42 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #4

Yes, but Ireland is not that big. We are going all over.




  
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Aug 15, 2016 07:35 |  #5

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18080595 (external link)
Complete opposite side of the country for me unfortunately.

Completely DIFFERENT Country as we forget that Giants Causeway is in Northern Ireland......


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Aug 15, 2016 08:04 |  #6

Hah!


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Sep 24, 2016 16:50 |  #7

Got back last week. My 17-40 stayed on the camera the whole time.


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Sep 24, 2016 16:54 |  #8

Giants causeway, yes I know it's in Northern Ireland. Only took 3 hours to get there, stopped in Belfast on the way.


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Nov 07, 2016 07:38 |  #9

Driving is not that difficult, you are on the opposite side of the car. The pedal arrangement and gear pattern is the same, but my greatest difficulties were changing gears with my left hand, and relearning how to position myself in my lane. I strongly recommend a gps, you have enough of a cognitive load just dealing with a strange car, strange signage and everything being reversed. Roundabouts are manageable, it seems to be the custom for people to signal the direction they are exiting, which may mean a right signal, if they will be driving 270 degrees before exiting the roundabout. Roads tend to be narrow, with small to non existant shoulders in rural areas, often there is a fence or hedge 2' away from the edgee of the travelled part of the road.

We went to Doolin (cave with a huge stalactite and access to the Arran Islands, Cork and Cobh. All worthy of a day trip each. Ireland is relatively small, so you can drive almost anywhere in the same day.

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Nov 07, 2016 08:31 |  #10

Thanks for the tips!


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Nov 07, 2016 08:44 |  #11

Hey,

Ring of Kerry is a must, and the Dingle peninsula. all in the southwest. Very near you. If you are going to drive, I'd reccomend to drive along the Atlantic way from South to North. At least up to Galway/Connemara. You can see the cliffs of Moher that way. Stop in small towns and have a couple of pints of the black sutff on the way!

From there (Kenmare) to Dublin is a good drive (4 hours), but reccomended. You can see Dublin in 2-3 days max. North of Dublin you have the Wicklow mountains, where the photo by chrisa was taken (Glendalough, I think).

In 2 hours you'll be used to the driving, but the main problem in the south is the quality of the roads. If you are doing the ring of kerry by car, makle sure you take the same direction than the buses. It can be quite scary otherwise. I think that is clockwise.

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Nov 07, 2016 08:52 |  #12

Connemara

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Nov 07, 2016 08:56 |  #13

Excellent, thanks for sharing!


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Nov 07, 2016 09:05 |  #14

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Excellent, thanks for sharing!

No worries!


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Nov 09, 2016 06:14 |  #15

My wife enjoyed the Beara and and Dingle peninsula more than the Ring of Kerry as there were no tour buses and less traffic to deal with. Connors pass is nice. the Gap of Dunloe is nice. If you go to northern Ireland the Sleeve league Cliffs are worth the drive.


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