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Lisa Byers

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Best of Ireland and Scotland

Hello! I'm planning a trip to Ireland and Scotland this summer and was wondering of the best sites to see and things to do there. I'm also wondering what is the best month to go. We're thinking August but that might change. Thank you!

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  • Victoria Major

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    Southern Ireland is amazing! My husband and I took a two week trip all over Ireland, but I think in 5 days you could see a good part of the South. Kilkenny is an awesome town to visit, make sure to check out Matt the Millers and Kilkenny Castle. They have an amazing walk way / park that you can take that loops around to the castle grounds as well as a really pretty city market with local vendors. We stayed Kilkenny River Court Hotel which had amazing views of the castle as well as amazing breakfasts.

    Another fun stop for us was Cork where we kissed the Blarney Castle stone. It's a really small town but the Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel where we stayed has pretty much everything you could need.

    We drove the Ring of Kerry, but it's something I wished we had more time for since it was pretty amazing. There are tons of Castles and scenic views along the way. We stopped at one castle in the afternoon and ended up taking a small fishing boat out to an island that had abbey ruins on it and deer wandering around.

    If you have time, Dingle is another little town on the coast thats stunning, or Waterford is another nice stop. Cliffs of Moher is amazing to see if you have time as well.

    We took our trip at the end of the tourist season (mid October) so we got to see the leaves change and we missed all the lines. Hope this helped & happy travels!

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      Awesome! Thanks so much for the detailed response Victoria! Cork seems to be a popular spot... will definitely have to kiss the Blarney Stone :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Darren McLoughlin

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    Hi Lisa,

    it really depends on how long you have, you could sail into Dublin and drive up the east coast stopping at Monasterboice for its impressive high crosses and round tower. Head through the Mourne Mountains and visit Silent Valley , Tollymore Forest Park before heading on to Belfast .

    A day if you are in a hurry, or preferably two days will take you around the Antrim Coast stopping at Cushendun , Ballycastle , Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge , Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway . It's a spectacular coastline made up nine glens as you travel north, each with its own character, followed by the stunning geology of the Causeway Coast. It's the closest part of Ireland to Britain and all along this coast you will be able to see some of the island and mainland Scotland easily on a clear day.

    Return to Larne or Belfast for a ferry to Cairnryan or Troon .

    If you had more time, you could head further west to Galway and follow the Wild Atlantic Way north to Westport (Ireland) , Sligo and Donegal before linking up with the Causeway Coast as above. The coastline around these parts is wild and rugged, ever changing and never boring. If you like to surf, then Sligo and Donegal are real hotspots, the pubs are great and the whole area is perfect for photography.

    I'm not so sure about Scotland but the west coast would be a good continuation of the Irish leg of your journey.

    Hope this helps and if you have any questions please ask.

    Darren.

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      Amazing, thank you so much for your help Darren! What would you say about Cork, or do those places mentioned fall into that area? · (0 likelikes)

    • Darren M.

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      Hi Lisa, Cork is beautiful as well. I'm just back from a trip to the Beara Peninsula of Cork, and Dingle in County Kerry. What you'll get in Cork is the perfect balance between scenic landscapes and the best food in Ireland. The towns of west Cork such as Kinsale, Clonakilty and Schull are all well known for great food and the indented coastline will take up days of your time. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Mary Margaret Heaney

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    I think that August is a great time for Ireland , it does rain so be prepared w/ brellie & slicker! Dublin is wonderful ! Galway is a coastal area which is also beautiful , you can actually do a lot of site seeing doing day trips & B& B are a great way to experience the culture!

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      Thank you Mary! · (0 likelikes)

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