Ireland..

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  1. andy63

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    Some photos of my trip so far following the route known as the wild Atlantic way..
    Started off at the most northerly point on malin head.. and down in Co kerry now..
    Slieve league..Some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
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    Five finger strand with again some of the largest sand dunes in Europe.
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    Kinnego bay where you can find a few lovely minature sea shells..
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    The cliffs of moher in Co calre.
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    Doolin cave with the largest free hanging stalactite that can be seen anywhere in the world.. and a remarkable tale of its discovery in 1952...around 30ft I think..
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    Hopefully some more to follow..
    Andy.
     
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    Your in for a treat we did the route last year loads of great views to come
     
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    Great photos, looks like a trip we would enjoy.. thanks for posting ..

    If you can post the places you camped that would be very useful..

    tia
     
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    Thanks for posting pics, I love Ireland and have not been for a few years. Used to go every year surfing on the west coast. Great place great peaple, great times. Will go back soon. Have a good trip and keep the photos coming
     
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    I'll have a think tonight when I get a map out and try and remember the stops... I've been on the road for around 3wks and will have to look back through photos as I've forgotten where half the spots were... its all wild spots with the exception of two sites...
    Andy
     
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    Great photos Andy, hopefully meet up in the near future
    Dave
     
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    Gods Country. If you are happy to wear a raincoat everyday :)
     
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    Not a detailed list and no Co ordinates but he's most of the stop overs..
    1. Castlerock.. sea front car park... N Ireland
    2. Car park at the back of Stroove beach.. Co. Done gal.
    3. Back of Trawbreaga bay on open grass
    4. A view point above 5 finger strand just off the r242 road
    5. Buncrana harbour...but there is also a mh aire just behind the tourist information office... think its 5 euro for electric...pay at the garage opposite.. didn't see any waste dump facilities..
    6. Done gal town in car park by pier.. free from 180o to 0900 hrs.. or get a ticket.. only 2.7 euro for day.
    7. Belmullet harbour car park.
    8. Inch strand.. just on beach.. (loved this one.. )
    Early morning jog and a dip..
    9. Ross behy. . In a disused pub car park just above the beach..
    10. Castletownbere. On the Beara peninsular. ..lay by onr571 just before entering town or again car park by port /harbour,but that was busy..

    Two campsites.. Both excellent..
    1.quigleys point .. Co donegal
    2. Doolin Co. Clare. . There's two sites in village.. One by harbour.. One in centre of village..

    As I've travelled south I've found nightly park ups in the nicer spots harder to find... A lot of low barriers preventing mh access..
    That's it for now..
    Andy.
     
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    Looks good Andy, how would you compare Ireland to the Western Isles, we are planning Ireland at some point particularly the Atlantic coast
     
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    Difficult to comment but ill try ..
    The western Isles was a must do and I enjoyed it.. I prefered the southern islands and Harris. . Its coast line was beautiful and you felt remote .. Nothing like as busy as Ireland even though it hasn't been too bad.. I think anyone will find some of the roads in Ireland more of a challenge than say Scotland or the islands...
    Especially in larger motor homes. .
    In Ireland you will have far more options to entertain you..
    If you plan to stick just to the wild Atlantic way (which I have to say is brilliantly signed all the way ) and do it all give yourself a couple weeks at least.. I've been on it for a good 3 weeks and still missed loads... And if you do come over don't forget the coastline round Antrim and derry in N Ireland as well..
    I have to say I've enjoyed the donegal area the most and now coming to the end of this trip I'd say that if I had to miss an area out it would be the area I'm in now...ie the Beara peninsula. .. Just below the famous ring of kerry..
    So in a nutshell... Ireland has much more to offer with many more options... The roads are trickier especially in the busy period,been narrow with limited viability, ie high hedgerows etc... But then most folk are not in a hurry :).
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    One other thing that may be of use..
    The tourist information offices do a great range of books covering the wild Atlantic way.. They are free ,comprehensive and we'll worth picking up before you start...
    Andy..
     
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    And one or two more...
    Downpatrick head.
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    Had to go have a look at this... and a little chuckle when I got there.
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    Donkeys at ballyvaughn harbour.. they seemed to know when the tide was filling and it was time to leave ..
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    A lovely bay on the road out to mizen head.
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    And one or two from mizen head.. was able to spend an hour watching dolphin's with the binoculars, and a view of the fastnest light with information on its construction..
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    Sorry about the duplication... not a clue why..
     
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    great photos.. thanks..
     
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    Andy did you get your Motor home down to the car park in Kinnego Bay? I have a house a couple of miles from Strove. As for the aire in Buncrana. It's a bit tight if you are over 6mtrs.

    Sonja
     
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    Hi Sonia. . That's a lovely location for a house..
    Stayed in the car park at the back of strove beach and found another spot with a lovely view up a fairly steep lane close to the beach.. I'm in that area quite often now as I go kayaking in moville every time I visit..
    Yea I took my mh ( it's 7m ) down into the car park in kinnego bay.. I know what you mean though it's steep and tight with a sharp bend.. easy enough though if you don't meet anything....:)
    There was a small caravan down there when I got down.
    I didn't use the aire in buncrana but yep it didn't look that roomy..
    Andy. .
     
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    Enjoyed them photos thanks. That area has gone on the list the views are stunning.
     
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    Not on the wild Atlantic way but the antrim coast this time
    Fair head from Ballycastle sea front.
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    Torr head with the mull of kintyre in the distance.. could also see ails Craig and visibility wasn't great.. Scotland is so close ato this point.

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    This fellow greets you as you enter Cushendun. .
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    Some more..
    The dark hedges not far from Ballycastle.
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    A view from inside the caves at Cushendun
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    Having a dip..
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    Thanks Andy, you really cant beat peoples 'real' experiences and the photos do tell a story

    love the stack photo
     
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    We are hoping to do a six week trip to Eire and NI in 2017 :)
     
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