Walking and Touring in Ireland

10/06/09 to 26/06/09


Setting off at 5.40am we travelled to Holyhead then took the fast ferry to Dun Laoghaire. We were most impressed with the facilities and comfort on the ferry but couldn't work out where everyone had disappeared to! There had been a large number of vehicles and foot passengers but there was loads of room on the extensive passenger deck. It almost seemed that the ferry wasn't moving until you stood up and found that you couldn't walk in a straight line. There was no problem leaving the ferry but making our way out of Dun Laoghaire was no easy task. Not only were the roads really packed, the road signs left a little to be desired. However, once we had left the town behind the roads were almost empty and we made good time as we drove across country to Tralee (to pick up Debbie who had flown out) and on to Camp, our first B & B.

Our plan was to spend the first week walking the Dingle Way, then drive round the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula. From here we would start to head north, taking in the sights of Killarney National Park on the way. After an overnight stop at Bunratty, famed for its castle, we would head for the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, where we had planned a short(ish) walk on the extensive limestone pavement. Connemara would be our next destination, taking in the sights of the Twelve Bens and some walking on the way. From there we were to head back across country to the Wicklow Mountains where we would explore the monastic settlement of Glendalough and a last chance of exploring the hills.

Making our way back to the ferry port at Dun Laoghaire was much easier than arriving there. Approaching from the south seemed to be an easier route and there were lots of road signs to guide our way. There seemed to be a lot more vehicles waiting in the car park before we boarded - the ferry was big but would it really hold all those cars, motorhomes, trucks, motor bikes, etc, etc! We managed to find an empty table on board but there were certainly far more people heading to England than had travelled out to Ireland!

The details of the long distance walk can be found by clicking here: [The Dingle Way] or on the appropriate area of the map above.

If you would like to check out the rest of the holiday the following links (or the map above) will take you to the relevant pages on my own website:

[Ring of Kerry]

[Beara Peninsula]

[Killarney National Park]

[The Burren]

[Connemara / Killary Harbour]

[Connemara National Park]

[The Wicklow Mountains]


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