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Old 08-08-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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Ireland has a good rail system and is fine by car as well....enjoy
Our rail system is awful compared to our EU neighbours. The best way to travel is by road. The motorways have been upgraded over the last 10 years and the Dublin-Waterford motorway(M9) is a joy to drive on.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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I will tell you anything you need to know about Ireland. Just ask me.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:05 PM
 
Location: New England
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Ireland IS easy to plan for yourself and the language spoken is close enough to English that you won't have major problems, but the question is, what kind of experience do you want? I don't do well on tours (that bit about having your bags outside your door and ready to go early in the morning just doesn't work for me.) But I had an aunt and uncle who took their kids on a trip they put together themselves, then a few years later they took a tour and they enjoyed it just as much. The Irish tourist office puts out a directory of B& B's and I for one will go out of my way to stay at a highly rated one, since they all cost the same. Have a great trip!
I agree on planning your own - my wife and I did it and we had a great time going from B&B to B&B all across Ireland. It's funny you mention the language - my family is Irish and my wife's is Philipino and she had such a hard time with the accent that she was always glancing at me looking for a translation whenever anyone spoke to us.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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That sounds pretty aeseome LMMENGA. I love the Dingle Peninsula.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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I also think if you had a specific place as the ring of kerry to see most likely some of the bigger hotels
may have buses who do day tours so you are then free to do what you want.
also maybe contact AAA just to get an idea of what they offer and maybe air lingues also. I did a tour along
time ago with TWA and went throught a travel agent for my air.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Our rail system is awful compared to our EU neighbours. The best way to travel is by road. The motorways have been upgraded over the last 10 years and the Dublin-Waterford motorway(M9) is a joy to drive on.
I'm comparing it to the rail system in the US which is almost non existent
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Your planing time is the best because there is no rain at this time.
There's always a chance of rain, no matter what time of year. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Earth
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There's always a chance of rain, no matter what time of year. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't.
It never rains in a pub.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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So very true. I was in Ireland in October of last year, and it was downright flooding outside but the pub was warm and dry.

With a car, the hardest part about Ireland is learning to navigate the roads. A lot of the signage I encountered was pretty unclear, but I still managed to find my way to my destinations. I loved the Ring of Kerry.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: London, ON, Canada
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I agree - no tour group necessary. Even if you're not an experienced traveler, Ireland, or the UK in general is quite a good starting point for traveling abroad on your own terms. The main thing is the language. Also, you'll find Irish people very friendly, for the most part! I'm planning a trip through Ireland soon myself, on my bicycle, and it's nice to be able to go places and stay however long you want or leave as soon as you wish, without having to be restricted to timelines and locations that tours would have.
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