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Old 12-16-2017, 08:22 AM
 
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I will also add that we had a very loosely scheduled trip. One of the besties is a frequent international traveler, so we let her guide how we scheduled our days. We made very few reservations or concrete plans - we just knew what we wanted to see and had a sequence to that.

We flew in to Dublin (next time we will do Shannon) and took a bus to Galway, where we rented a car. Then we kind of rested for 3 days in Galway - acclimating and seeing the local sights. Be prepared to make random stops when you're out driving around - I was the backseat "spotter" while one friend navigated and the other drove. Every once in a while, I'd yell "Ruins at 10 o'clock" or something like that and we'd take a quick turn and go see what it was all about. We found a castle and several medieval churches this way, and they were really cool. But if you're a tourist in Ireland, there's really no chance you're going to get to your destination without a few unexpected stops and detours. And that's part of the fun.
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:57 AM
 
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In these kinds of driving situations, it's the responsibility of the driver to drive sensibly and not hit anything. It is the responsibility of the person in the front passenger side to navigate and call out for correct roundabout lane entry and exit points, motorway ramps and lane use, zebra crossings, speed camera enforcement zones, when you're getting too close to the rock wall on the side of the road, random escaped sheep, bicyclists, and farm equipment. They're also supposed to know the nearest food and public toilet points.

Whoever wants to be on the phone for games and social media needs to stay in the back seat.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:27 PM
 
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I'm from Dublin and go back there every few years. I try to avoid the "Northside" (north of the Liffey) as much as possible. O'Connell Street where your hotel is located is a "kip". Littered with drug addicts and homeless people begging on the street. Watch your valuables!

I think I read where you won't be driving in the city which is a good thing. Driving is a nightmare and with very limited parking.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:32 PM
 
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It's silly to discuss who has better 'bacon'. It's a different product entirely, it just shares the same name. For americans, the term 'bacon' refers to pork belly (which is highly regarded by many cuisines around the world) while you'll find that in Ireland and the UK, 'bacon' generally refers to the loin with some belly meat also attached. You also have rashers and gammon. There is 'american style' belly bacon in the UK and Ireland and it's generally known as 'streaky bacon'. Different thing.

That's why it sounds funny to hear things like 'irish bacon is better than american bacon'.
lol. You're not very good at picking up jokes in written form. And, yes, we had streaky bacon there.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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In these kinds of driving situations, it's the responsibility of the driver to drive sensibly and not hit anything. It is the responsibility of the person in the front passenger side to navigate and call out for correct roundabout lane entry and exit points, motorway ramps and lane use, zebra crossings, speed camera enforcement zones, when you're getting too close to the rock wall on the side of the road, random escaped sheep, bicyclists, and farm equipment. They're also supposed to know the nearest food and public toilet points.

Whoever wants to be on the phone for games and social media needs to stay in the back seat.
Yes. My wife was navigator and early warning system.

I spent a good amount of time (especially on the small roads) hearing, "Wall! Bush! Tree! People, people, people!" She also told me every time we exited onto a street that I had to enter the left lane, which I really appreciated. Once in a while it was, "Left lane!" because I would forget and end up in the right lane. It's a hard habit to break.

The roundabouts there are so much better than here. Better signage, better lane markings, better drivers. Our tour guide for the Ring of Kerry asked if we'd seen any fights at them. When we replied no he seemed surprised. He told us it was fairly common for two drivers to get upset and bail out into the center for a fight. Coming from an ex-policeman I assume it's true.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:42 PM
 
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I'm from Dublin and go back there every few years. I try to avoid the "Northside" (north of the Liffey) as much as possible. O'Connell Street where your hotel is located is a "kip". Littered with drug addicts and homeless people begging on the street. Watch your valuables!

I think I read where you won't be driving in the city which is a good thing. Driving is a nightmare and with very limited parking.
At least she's traveling with two 26 year olds that just exited the military.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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Popping back in to say thank you to all the replies. We just got back and it was a wonderful trip albeit too short. The country and its people are amazing. I probably could have done without going to Dublin, but we at least got to see some of the historical sites though we were too tired from the 17 hour flight to walk much. The west is amazing with so much to see. Our private driver was excellent and I would definitely recommend him, or at least a private one that is not a large coach bus. We got to see so much that the large coaches cannot because of their size. He spent over 9 hours driving us around the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring then back to our hotel.

The rental car I drove was a brand new (10kms) hybrid Toyota C-HR, cute and zippy - We put over 700km on it. But danged if I will ever buy a "nanny" car with lane departure assist because driving one in Ireland was annoying needless to say. Beeping constantly because some of the roads were barely as wide as my car it seemed. Driving on the left and on the right hand side of the car was an experience that I should not have been so petrified of because once you get used to it, and the roundabouts, it's fine. Would do it again in a second without hesitation. The nanny car even told me if I was speeding because it knew every speed zone on the island, I'm sure they are tracking that info. Did not put one scratch on it but I did hit a couple roundabout curbs. And who the heck puts stop lights on roundabouts?! I nearly rear ended someone in the first half mile of driving while still on the airport grounds. Definitely have a navigator, my son was excellent, and bring a tablet with downloaded Google maps for turn by turn directions.

I will say that the experience at Ashford Castle is one that if you can do it and would like to see how the other half lives, you should. Though it is much more affordable going through Costco as a package than any other site. This was the only way we could ever afford to stay there. Horseback riding, archery, billiard room (Snooker is a silly game), and a plush movie theater with candy and popcorn - watched Michael Collins with Liam Neeson. The whole 5 star experience was unforgettable.

Tons of American travelers plus lots of Germans. Dublin is a very multicultural city. Everyone across the country is friendly and I cannot wait to get back there in a few years with my husband.

Here is the private driver and he is a retired Garda (cop) who knows just about everything plus the best places to eat. Would recommend him in a hot second. Cost for the day was 300 euros but worth it. Thank you @Tek_Freek for recommending him. He was also quite candid about his country's government, tax structure, healthcare, etc. Though his knowledge of Ireland's history was the most impressive.

Kenmare Taxi Tours-Private Escorted Tours of Kenmare & Ring of Kerry
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Old 04-03-2018, 11:52 AM
 
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Popping back in to say thank you to all the replies. We just got back and it was a wonderful trip albeit too short. The country and its people are amazing. I probably could have done without going to Dublin, but we at least got to see some of the historical sites though we were too tired from the 17 hour flight to walk much. The west is amazing with so much to see. Our private driver was excellent and I would definitely recommend him, or at least a private one that is not a large coach bus. We got to see so much that the large coaches cannot because of their size. He spent over 9 hours driving us around the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring then back to our hotel.

The rental car I drove was a brand new (10kms) hybrid Toyota C-HR, cute and zippy - We put over 700km on it. But danged if I will ever buy a "nanny" car with lane departure assist because driving one in Ireland was annoying needless to say. Beeping constantly because some of the roads were barely as wide as my car it seemed. Driving on the left and on the right hand side of the car was an experience that I should not have been so petrified of because once you get used to it, and the roundabouts, it's fine. Would do it again in a second without hesitation. The nanny car even told me if I was speeding because it knew every speed zone on the island, I'm sure they are tracking that info. Did not put one scratch on it but I did hit a couple roundabout curbs. And who the heck puts stop lights on roundabouts?! I nearly rear ended someone in the first half mile of driving while still on the airport grounds. Definitely have a navigator, my son was excellent, and bring a tablet with downloaded Google maps for turn by turn directions.

I will say that the experience at Ashford Castle is one that if you can do it and would like to see how the other half lives, you should. Though it is much more affordable going through Costco as a package than any other site. This was the only way we could ever afford to stay there. Horseback riding, archery, billiard room (Snooker is a silly game), and a plush movie theater with candy and popcorn - watched Michael Collins with Liam Neeson. The whole 5 star experience was unforgettable.

Tons of American travelers plus lots of Germans. Dublin is a very multicultural city. Everyone across the country is friendly and I cannot wait to get back there in a few years with my husband.

Here is the private driver and he is a retired Garda (cop) who knows just about everything plus the best places to eat. Would recommend him in a hot second. Cost for the day was 300 euros but worth it. Thank you @Tek_Freek for recommending him. He was also quite candid about his country's government, tax structure, healthcare, etc. Though his knowledge of Ireland's history was the most impressive.

Kenmare Taxi Tours-Private Escorted Tours of Kenmare & Ring of Kerry
You are welcome!

I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we did. We also recommend him in a hot second to everyone we find that wants to do the Ring of Kerry/Skelig tour. He really knows his "stuff". Learning why there is a Northern Ireland was fascinating. I've always sort of known, but he really made us understand what happened. Things like finding out that the English cut down huge areas of forest so the Irish couldn't hide in them is something I think few know about.

He is probably the best tour guide we've ever had. And a big guy. Anyone taller than me is a big guy. My wife is 5'-1".



I agree regarding the friendliness of the people there. They are genuinely glad to see us visiting their country.
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