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14 days in Ireland

14 days in Ireland

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This will be our first visit to Ireland . We are starting in Dublin August 17, 2019. Intend to rent a car and want to visit places of interest in both North and South Ireland. Planning on 14 days. How would you suggest we plan such a vacation. Thought we'd use 2 B&Bs - one in the North and one in the South. Is that a good idea? Aziza
Posted Wed 16 Jan 2019 11:59 PM
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Hi Aziza,

Welcome to the Community and I hope you will have a lovely time in Ireland. Are you still in the early stages of planning your trip? You will be able to see lots in 14 days and will probably be able to cover most of the island.
Not sure about how set you are on hiring a car, but have you thought about a small group tour? We here at Vagabond offer flexible tours, as we only have a maximum of 16 people on a tour! You will have a personal tour guide to take you to explore Ireland’s hidden gems in our comfortable mini-coaches. Escape busy roads and big crowds on an off the beaten track journey of discovery as well as touristy places.

One option for you might be our '12 Day Giant Irish Adventure' tour, which brings you to both the south and the north and includes everything you need to see. It is quite an active tour with hiking, cycling and horse riding. We also have a more relaxed tour that visits both too, it is called the '11 Day Discover Ireland' tour. It allows you to sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery. Our tours include your accommodation, breakfasts, guide, transport and admission to most attractions. 

If you think, these might be of interest to you, take a look at our website and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have - https://vagabondtoursofireland.com/

I hope the above helps and have an amazing time here in Ireland! 

The Vagabond Team
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Hi Aziza,

When planning you trip to the island of Ireland, you should take a look at these three distinct regions: The Wild Atlantic WayIreland's Ancient East and the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about driving, maybe another great option to consider is camper hire, which would provide you with accommodation and transport in one. The campers we hire out are easy to drive and the ideal size for negotiating small Irish roads, towns & villages. A camper gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Smiles for miles nothing else compares.

If you need help planning your route we would be delighted to help you plan a truly unique and adventurous holiday. We have LOTS of inspiring trip ideas, recommended routes, must-see top attractions and the lesser known hidden gems to share with you. Take a look at our website: www.lazydays.ie for more info.

Happy planning!
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Hi Aziza,

I'm so happy to welcome you to our community! It's good to have you here and I'm glad to see others have offered a warm welcome and some wonderful suggestions already. 

It's a great idea to stay in one location for several days and use the B&B as a base to explore the area. Do you know what you would like to see or do, in both the northern and southern part of the island? You can find loads of tips, ideas and suggestions here.

August is a lovely time to pay a visit and you may be interested in exploring the changing colors of the island as well as watching as animals ready for the autumn: a visit to Killarney National Park would be a lovely stop along your journey. If this sounds interesting, there's even a list of other places to see during this time of the year!

There are also itineraries planned out for adventures across the Emerald Isle. The Causeway Coastal Route plans four days of exploration across Northern Ireland, seeing castles, cliffs and more. Whereas, if you're a fan of old myths and legends, you may want to follow a more magical path that leads to old stories.

Wherever you'd like to go, to help choose the B&B that suits you best, take a look at the accommodations' finder. You can use it to search for places to stay in different locations around Ireland, and even filter by the type of accommodations you're looking for and its star rating. Another way to help you find accommodation is the official B&B Locator from B&B Ireland: simply select where you would like to stay, and all the available options will pop up.

Finally, as others have said, renting a car is certainly a wonderful way to explore Ireland. I'd suggest reading over this article which can help with advice on how to get started. 

If you need more ideas, please don't hesitate to ask! Remember, there's no wrong way to enjoy the Emerald Isle and if you need any more inspiration, there are lots of people here who would be happy to help.

Wishing you the best,
Rochelle
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Hi Aziza,
I am delighted you have two weeks to holiday with us on our beautiful Island and I have no doubt you will enjoy every minute of it. Can I suggestthat you include Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon in your visit as there are so many wonderful and special things to experience? We have too many to mention but below are just a few to start you off on your visit. Spend a day shopping and enjoy eating in our award winning restaurants, attend events that might be taking place during your visit or take in a performance in The Market Place Theatre.

In Armagh, a visit to The Navan Centre & Fort is a must. The Navan Centre & Fort is located just 2 miles outside the ancient Cathedral City of Armagh and provides interpretation of one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites, the legendary ‘Emain Macha’,otherwise called Navan Fort.  This was the royal seat of the Kings of Ulster and the Province’s ancient capital. Adults and children can enjoy a great day out at this wonderful attraction.   Armagh is known as the Orchard County and towards the north of the county there are lots of apple orchards covered with rows of Bramley apples. In early May the orchards are in full bloom with white and pink blossom that last for only a short while. A pre booked visit is highly recommended.

As you approach Armagh, you’ll notice its most distinctive landmarks right away. From opposite hills, two striking cathedrals face each other across a valley, both honouring St Patrick.Saint Patrick’s Church Of Ireland Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. Enjoy a visit to Armagh County Museum. Officially opened on 28th April 1937 it was the first dedicated county museum in Ireland. Spend a while at Armagh Planetarium and Observatory.  In the Planetarium’s amazing Digital Theatre you can relax and enjoy a 3-D Star Dome show that’s not to be missed.The Observatory is located together with Armagh Planetarium inapproximately 14 acres of attractive landscaped gardens known as the Armagh Astropark.

In Banbridge Ferguson’s Irish Linen is really worth a visit. It was established in 1854, and they are widely recognised as being the finest of Irish Weavers. The combination of fine raw materials, skilled weavers, advanced loom technology and careful finishing have brought Ferguson’s a reputation of which they are proud. They are world renowned for their fabulous product, and have established a growing reputation as an innovative designer and manufacturer of stylish new collections.

The F E McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge is dedicated to the memory of sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam, one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists. Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work, temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art, a craftshop, café and Banbridge Tourist Information Centre.

In the Craigavon area why not visit Brownlow House, Lurgan’s grandest secular building erected by Charles Brownlow. A special feature there is the World War II exhibition.

Also in the Craigavon area is Ballydougan Pottery. Watch the master craftsmen at work in the Pottery workshops where you too can take a turn on the potter’s wheel and be creative. Meander around the Gift Shop or sit in the courtyard garden and enjoy a freshly made cappuccino from their Restaurant & Coffee Shop.

A visit to Kinnego Marina, the largest marina on Lough Neagh.Situated by the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve it also has a fully serviced caravan park and is home to Lough Neagh Sailing Club, one of the oldest sailing clubs in Northern Ireland, established in 1877.

Explore the sublime beauty of Oxford Island – a designated National Nature Reserve situated on the peninsula in the southern shores of Lough Neagh.  With four miles of absorbing woodland trails to bird watching hides, unique boglands, rich wild flower strewn meadows and wildlife ponds,become immersed in the panoramic views of this stunning setting. Learn fascinating facts about the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, including local history and heritage. With an educational Discovery Centre featuring a delightful restaurant and artisan craft shop, this tranquil paradise is truly inspirational.

A wonderful drive is the Saint Patrick’s Trail. It takes you through a host of Christian sites at Bangor, the Ards Peninsula, Downpatrick, Newry and Armagh to uncover just how strong Northern Ireland’s links are with this patron saint. The 92-mile linear driving route links 15 key sites, all identified as having some connection to his life, legacy or landscape – they are all just waiting to be explored https://visitarmagh.com/trails/drive-st-patricks-trail/

If you enjoy walking, the Saint Patrick’s Way- The Pilgrim walk is a 132km (82mile) trail connecting Armagh and Downpatrick. These two locations on the island of Ireland are most closely related to Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick’s Way is suitable for leisure walking and pilgrimages. The Walk begins at the Navan Centre outside the ancient city of Armagh winding through beautiful landscapes and historic cities, to end at Saint Patrick’s final resting place at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. https://visitarmagh.com/trails/saint-patricks-way-the-pilgrim-walk/

Vehicle rental is easy and varied. Car companies are generally based in airports and cities.

All above information and much more including accommodation can be viewed on https://visitarmagh.com/
Other useful links that will help you plan your visit are www.discovernorthernireland.com/  and https://www.discoverireland.ie/

If you decide to include Armagh in your visit please do call into our Visitor Information Centre and the staff here will be delighted to be of assistance.
I hope you have a really enjoyable holiday and do let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Kind regards,
Marion

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