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Where to go in Southern Ireland please !

dianah > dianah Blog > Where to go in Southern Ireland please !
04/07/2008 - 7:43 PM

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We really want to visit Southern Ireland in the next twelve months but neither of us has ever been there.
Mountains , lakes or sea, small villages..somewhere really peaceful where we can just wander and relax.
Hopefully we will rent a small cottage somewhere but when you know nothing about a country it is so difficult to know where to start looking.
If anybody at all could give me any ideas I would be eternally grateful as it will narrow down my internet searching and the hours that I spend doing it ! Smile
Thanks in anticipation.


AngelaR  10155 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Jul 2008 - 11:22 PM

Hi Di,
Come back to me in a few weeks and I'll let you know. We're off to County Cork, near Clonakilty (via the ferry at Pembroke) - so I'll report back idc. Clonakilty does have a good website though if you've time to Google for that!

Hope mum and baby progressing well.


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helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 10:26 AM

So Di these must be the plans for retirement beginning to form. What a lovely feeling. Enjoy the "journey" of the planning as well as the arrival
Best wishes

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 1:57 PM

Thanks so much Angel and Helen. Have a lovely time Angela and I look forward to your opinions of County Cork when you get back.
The retirement just might be put on hold Helen until the July! Nothing to do with me but the friend who I work with..we are deciding definitely in the summer holidays.
Have a good weekend.Smile

R7  1077 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 - 9:53 PM

Hi Dianah, You have started my engine again! I'm just getting over not being there, I love it to bit's. I would personally recommend Killarney for a base without hesitation. You have all the mountains, lakes, rivers and easy travelling distance to the sea. You will enjoy the Ring of Kerry, The Ring of Beara, the Puck Fair in Kilorglin in August, The rose of Tralee is fantastic, Crag Cave and so the list is endless. Kenmare is beautiful, so is Bantry Bay and Dingle where you can get a boat ride out to sea and see the Dolphins, oh! Dianah you've got a lot to answer for, got me going, now I'm upset, lol. If you want any baggage handlers or a couple of guide's, the wife and I can find the time if you are paying LOL. Have a great time, I'm sure you will but do your homework first well in advance and plan to see all the attractions, enjoy, Rob.

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 11:56 PM

Thank you so much Rob..I tried to mail you but found that I couldn't. I have looked into it a little bit and funnily enough the places you have mentioned were just the ones that I liked the best, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry being two in particular.
We won't get there until next year but you have now persuaded me that where I have looked is the right area.
Huge thanks once again..I hope that I haven't upset you too much Smile
Best Wishes Di

blackbird  8159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 7:36 PM

I love Ireland, its so beautiful you can't go wrong wherever you stay.
I have stayed on the Beara peninsula - very wild and beautiful, less busy than the ring of Kerry
I can also recommend Westport as a good base if you want to explore further north. Connemara, mountains and beautiful beaches within reach, and a bit of Irish culture in the town if you want it. I loved the boat trip down the Killary fjord....
You'll have a wonderful time to be sure Smile
merille Smile

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 9:44 PM

Thank you so much Merille, I will look there as well. I don't know the Beara peninsula and the Killary fjord sounds wonderful..we love boat trips.
I will let you know where we choose.
Best Wishes Di Smile

19 Jul 2008 - 6:46 PM

I think Bristles has the answer with Dingle, know someone who went.
Very scenic.

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2008 - 11:00 AM

Thanks Brian..I am going to look into Dingle !

Rikspix  3 Ireland
27 Nov 2011 - 3:08 PM

Hi There,
I currently live over here, in Kildare, and love both Galway/Connemara, and Kerry.
Both have plenty of Mountains, Lakes, and Sea. Be prepared for the weather though, There's nothing much between the west coast and America!
The area around Dingle is pretty, a drive over the Connor pass is well worth it. My wife and I go down there about once a month, we'll be down there next over Christmas and the new year.
Any info you want, just let me know.

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