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My brother and I are looking to travel to Ireland in October or November. The plan is to rent a car and just drive the country and stop when we get tired. We want to see what the country has in store for us each day we set out and we plan on staying for 2 weeks!

My great grandparents are from Mayo so this is one major destination for my self. If I could find a way to locate relatives that would be cool.

Any tips and info would be greate 😀
Posted Sun 28 Aug 2016 11:22 PM
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Hello William, welcome to the Community. :) 
It is great to see that you and your brother are currently planning your upcoming trip to Ireland, as this is be a prefect opportunity to explore many of Ireland's greatest attractions and landscapes along your journey. 
If you are looking for some inspiring ideas for a suggested travel itinerary, just check out this great link below for our great road trips. You will find ideas for the Wild Atlantic Way to Northern Ireland and Ireland's Ancient East Coast.
Tourism Ireland:  Suggested Travel Itineraries
Also, tracing your Irish heritage will be bother rewarding and fun at the same time as you will find some very useful hints & tips on this topic in the attached link below. My advice before you start, is to gather as much information from relatives and family documentation, as this will help you finding your roots.
Irish Heritage: Tracing your Irish Roots
Many thanks 
Gareth.
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Good morning William

Traveling by car is a great way to explore Ireland and discover the Emerald Isle’s hidden gems.  B&B accommodation is the ideal touring base as homes are located throughout the country. I would advise that your pre-book your accommodation in advance of arrival at destinations.  Can I suggest that you visit our B&B Ireland website?   http://www.bandbireland.com/ 

All our bed and breakfasts offer live availability via our secure online booking engine and you will receive instant e-mail confirmation when you book a B&B. Our website also offers lots of travel advice and tips on visiting Ireland. Here’s a link to our ‘Breaks in Ireland’ page that you may find useful: http://bit.ly/1NqREa4

B&B hosts will welcome you warmly, feed you well and be able to help you with your itinerary plans. They'll also be able to advise you on the best ways of tracing your Irish roots.

Hope you have a memorable trip to Ireland!

Regards
Claire


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Hi William

A good place to start in tracing family history in Mayo is the County Mayo database at http://mayo.rootsireland.ie/

While in Mayo you might even wish to call in at the Mayo Genealogy Centres. The contact details are:

Mayo North Heritage Centre
Enniscoe, Castlehill, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Email: northmayo@gmail.com  

South Mayo Family Research Centre
Main Street, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo 
Email: soumayo@iol.ie

Have a great holiday.

With best wishes

Brian
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Good evening William

What an exciting trip lies ahead with your brother, exploring our wonderful country while retracing you family tree at the same time.

I would advise that your pre-book your accommodation in advance of arrival at destinations.  October can still be quite busy and advance planning is advisable.

Should your sightseeing bring you down to the South West why not view our website where you won't be disappointed with very good midweek offers available in October. Parknasilla Resort is ideally located on the Ring of Kerry with the beautiful coastline of South Kerry to discover. http://www.parknasillaresort.com/ 

I do hope you enjoy planning your holiday and that you both have a wonderful time in Ireland.

Warm regards

Carmel




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Hi William,

There is a wide range of accommodation in Northern Ireland and full listings can be viewed here. Most large towns and cities have visitor information centre who can also assist with accommodation bookings.

Suggested itineraries for visiting NorthernIreland can be found at https://www.discovernorthernireland.com/touring/48hours.aspx

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Visit Belfast
www.visitbelfast.com

                              

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What's your thoughts on traveling during December? Maybe spend New Year's Eve some place in Ireland? Do some of the history sites close down during that time of year? Any info will help.
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Dear William.

Personally I would stay with your original plan for October and November. Daylight hours are short in Ireland in December and the weather can turn against you and limit your driving distance on any day.
Christmas & New Year is a good fun as it is a holiday time. Just do your research for accommodations on December 24th, 25th and 26th as a lot of properties close for a few days over Christmas
Whatever you decide - have a great time. 
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Hi William
It really does depend on the attraction, most places will close Christmas Day but national attractions in Dublin or key areas will stay open through December outside of that day itself.  Possibly an old link but take a look at http://www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/Destinations-D-K/Dublin-s-Doorstep/Christmas/Christmas-Feast/
As you know yourself you risk being disappointed if you leave too much to chance but I understand how you seek that sense of adventure, taking each day as it comes
if you plot out a route, it will be easier to judge whether you are in low density areas, the Bed & Breakfast network is healthy all over Ireland, houses have clear signposts usually indicating if they have vacancies
Have a blast, sounds like a really memorable trip ahead
Regards
Majella
 
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Hi William,

Most attractions close on the 25th and 26th of December. Shops in Belfast are closed on the 25th December and reopen from 10am - 5pm on 26th December.

Visit Belfast compiles a list of attraction opening times over the Christmas and New Year period. The list is generally confirmed in October. Please email us at info@visitbelfast.com and we would be happy to forward you the list once it has been completed.

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