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Dear All Thinking of going to Ireland, other half wants to sail to Belfast then travel down to Southern Ireland.(great sailing not) Was wondering if anyone had stayed in a cottage along the coas… Read More
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1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
Dear All

Thinking of going to Ireland, other half wants to sail to Belfast then travel down to Southern Ireland.(great sailing not)

Was wondering if anyone had stayed in a cottage along the coast somewhere like Wicklow/Wexford.

probably no more than 3 hours from Belfast docks.

Thinking of going in September.

I seem to have looked at all the websites.

Thank you
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#1
http://www.shamrockcottages.co.uk/

Have booked with these before & accommodation was lovely, in fairness this was in Galway. Am sure the quality would be the same everywhere.

Hope you've got room for a vehicle onboard 'cos they are definitely needed in the Emerald Isle!!
#2
thanks disease

We are definately taking our car.
#3
mm4143
Dear All

Thinking of going to Ireland, other half wants to sail to Belfast then travel down to Southern Ireland.(great sailing not)

Was wondering if anyone had stayed in a cottage along the coast somewhere like Wicklow/Wexford.

probably no more than 3 hours from Belfast docks.

Thinking of going in September.

I seem to have looked at all the websites.

Thank you


Got the impression you were sailing your own boat !!!
You should try the County Antrim coast before you think about heading South.

Really nice scenery - not sure what your after for your break but you will be made very welcome I'm sure.
#4
[SIZE=2]LOL I thought they were sailing too!! I thought you were brave to cross the channel on your own![/SIZE]
#5
I may be biased but I'd suggest that if you go to Ireland through Belfast, head west rather than South East. Donegal, Sligo, Mayo , Glaway and Clare have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

The East Coast is ok but the West is top class.

Is there a reason you are going via Belfast? Holyhead to Dublin or Dun Laoghaire is my preferred route and leaves plenty of options for onward travel. Certainly heading west is possible in your three hours.

If coming from Scotland then into Belfast is obviously an advantage but think of it like this: 3 hours on British Motorways may take you a lot further than 3 hours on the Irish roads. :) Obviously a generalisation but it depends on where you want to go.

Good luck; it's a great country :)
#6
Diodorus-siculus
I may be biased but I'd suggest that if you go to Ireland through Belfast, head west rather than South East. Donegal, Sligo, Mayo , Glaway and Clare have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

The East Coast is ok but the West is top class.

Is there a reason you are going via Belfast? Holyhead to Dublin or Dun Laoghaire is my preferred route and leaves plenty of options for onward travel. Certainly heading west is possible in your three hours.

If coming from Scotland then into Belfast is obviously an advantage but think of it like this: 3 hours on British Motorways may take you a lot further than 3 hours on the Irish roads. :) Obviously a generalisation but it depends on where you want to go.

Good luck; it's a great country :)


Have to agree with your view of the West Coast. Really nice. Roads to Dublin from Belfast are excellent nowadays. Basically a motorway the whole way until you reach Dublin Airport.
#7
Thanks folks

We live in Cumbria so we thought it would be easier to Stranraer.

Any other ideas would be greatly received:thumbsup:
#8
You are probably right about Stranraer; the journey south and along A55 isn't always the best. But it might be worth planning an itenerary for Ireland beforehand and using that as the basis for you ferry crossing.

I suggest getting to mid-afternoon, book into a hotel, rest for the evening with a decent meal and few drinks, see a bit of Dublin the next morning and head west in the afternoon. The motorway to Athlone is fine and even after Athlone towards Galway is good.

Or Dublin to Longford and then head through Strokestown and hit the road for Westport. Bed and breakfasts are easy to find and for the most part offer reasonable comfort and excellent value for money at the right time of the year.

In short, a day in Dublin is more than enough :) Much better going to Galway if you want a taste of Irish life.
#9
There is the option for Larne/Cairnryan which may prove cheaper.

Larne is about 10 miles from Belfast
#10
If you are going from stranraer I would recommend you don't visit dublin.
I live in ireland and have been operating tours here for swiss tourists for the last few years. many people think Ireland is small but believe me it is not! If you try to go too far you will spend a lot of the time in the car.
I would recommend you drive up the antrim coast road see this article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/6141692.stm
perhaps stay a couple of nights in the whitepark bay area (superb youth hostel here) visit the giants causeway, rope bridge, bushmills whiskey distillery. there really is so much tourist accomodation here and you could really spend a week here and have plenty to do.
I would head west from here though visit magilligan/benone strand (beautiful beaches) visit derry/londonderry and then head into donegal which is really what ireland is all about - fantastic pubs and music (genuine irish craic, not just for the tourists like in dublin)
good places to stay in donegal are easy to find too, the downings region is very pretty.
from donegal it is not far to enniskillen, which is worth a visit, beleek pottery, marble arch caves etc.. and then from ennisklillen it is only 2 hours to belfast!
all of these places have lots of b&b's and sc cottages.

this is just my suggestion! going down the east coast is great too (I live there!!) the mourne mountains are a good halfway point between belfast & dublin to visit. I just think that on the east coast you will find it is not that disimilar to parts of England. and driving around dublin is an absolute nightmare!
Belfast to wexford takes around 6 hours

enjoy your trip!
#11
Spent many yrs visiting in southern ireland. 2 yrs ago visited NIreland coast, after seeing the coast series on TV.

I was v. shocked, it was far more beautiful that I could ever have imagined. We went via Belfast to Giants causeway then followed the coast round to Donegal. Fantastic trip. That was with car full of teenagers and a bit of rain.

In many ways, Nireland is more rural than southern. Planning more trips back. It is all relatively quiet too....tourism still taking off there. Am sooo jealous.
#12
having lived in England all my life then moving to southern Ireland 3 years ago, I can tell you not to visit. Its all lies. Moved to Belfast last year to get away from there and the Antrim Coast is the nicest place you will find in Ireland and the people are so friendly and helpful.

trust me you will have a far better time and experience staying up here and you wont need to get those horrid euro things and buy expensive items in the shops.
#13
thanks all your great

I wanted to fly but he won't ( I hate boats):giggle:
#14
mm4143
thanks all your great

I wanted to fly but he won't ( I hate boats):giggle:


You want to take the Cat from Holyhead then. Very short trip, that thing FLIES !! WE did Southern Ireland a few years ago, never got the chance to do Northern, although I wanted to.

It's great ringing up for digs & not getting the cold shoulder when they realise you're on M/Bikes, must rate as one if the friendliest places I've ever been. :thumbsup:
#15
i would say....come to northern ireland....cause im in it....lol....excellent country to visit...lots to see and do....although, the south is very nice too along the west coast...galway sligo direction....i have worked all over south and never had a bad stay yet....if you are coming over then you are welcome to give me an email or im and i'll send you info you need
#16
:-D N Irealnd is very odd, complete strangers will try to engage you in conversation. Not something I am used to. :w00t:
#17
mm4143
Dear All

probably no more than 3 hours from Belfast docks.



Ha ha ha ha that waz funny, how far did you think you would get?? Dublin :thinking: wrong. The traffic is crazy, the drivers are mad and it's everyone for themselves. September time the kids are back to skool, the workers are grumpy and between the taxi's and buses you would be lucky to survive a night on the road.

If you don't like travelling on boats and can make it to Holyhead I would recommend you travel on the Irish Ferries Ulysses, it is the largest car ferry in the World and has special stabilisers to extend when the water get choppy, the stabilisers dig into the water and makes the journey smoothless, I travel on it quite a bit and in very stormy weather it just ploughs thru the water, the Swift on the other hand is quick 2.4 Hours as against 3.5 hours is nice but not the sort of boat to travel on if there is a squall on the horizon. Once we had to go up to Belfast with the tide/water/weather etc and come back down hugging the coast.

It is a very multi culture country now with a lot of, everyone really, Chinese, Africans as in Nigerians mainly, lots of East Europeans but everyone speaks good English. There are two massive shopping centres in Dublin, The Centre in Blanchardstown and half a new one in Dundrum, which they are adding to it all the time. If you venture into Dublin central beware of the LUAS, the city transit trams, they stop for no one, i have seen 3 accidents now, involving 2 cars and a container truck.

It certainly is an adventure and there is always someone ready to rip you off some be careful of your pennies.

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