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September 4-17, 2017

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Beyond Dublin



Giants Causeway

giants causeway


Northern Ireland

northern ireland


Animals and birds of Ireland - wild and domesticated



Itinerary (with help from Wendy's journal)

+ September 3, 2017 Sunday - SFO to Newark to Dublin
Overnight on plane
Two hour delay in Newark

+ September 4, 2017 Monday - Dublin
Cab to Mespil Hotel
Walk to St Stephens Green Park - birds
Trinity College
Student lead tour
Book of Kells (no photography)
Long room library (no flash)
Old cars in quad for the filming of a period movie
Dinner in Temple Bar at Auld Dubliner - with music
Mespil Hotel

+ September 5, 2017 Tuesday- Dublin
Late start
Cab to National Botanical Garden
Walk around gardens, green houses
Art in Context exhibit - being set up all over
Museum Cafe
Cemetery next to Garden
Cab to Natural History Museum - peat bog men
Cab to the Redmonds for dinner - Deirdre, Tony and Ailbhe
Deirdre drove us back to our hotel
Mespil Hotel

+ September 6, 2017 Wednesday- Dublin
Reservations for Kilmainham tour online
Bus to near the Kilmainham Gael
Walk the last bit
Got a wonderful set of instructions and other info from a building painter
Bought Irish Heritage pass - even though we were in Ireland for a week and a half, this turned out to be a good decision
Tour of the prison
Irish Museum of Modern Art Cafe and courtyard
We got lunch in the basement cafe and took our meals and ate them in large courtyard
Walk along Liffey, photographing bridges
Christchurch Cathedral - grounds and bridge
Dublin Castle
Chester Beatty Library
Rejoined castle tour
Walk around neighborhood
Musical pub crawl - three stops
Met Eva Kunz and Ryan
Cab back
Mespil Hotel

+ September 7, 2017 Thursday - Dublin to Adare to Dingle
Taxi to airport car rental - Opel Astra - manual transmission, lots of dashboard info
Both registered to drive but Wendy did all the driving when we were together
Adare, County Limmerick
Walk around town
Lunch in Adare at thatched roof restaurant
Adare Augustinian Abbey - attached to active school
Adare Castle (from the road)
Drive to Dingle
Dingle Atlantic Bed and Breakfast - key was left in lockbox, but we had difficulty in figuring out how to access it
Walk around town
Met George and Dawn Tsongas
Dinner at Dingle Pub
Outstanding music including amazing percussionist who essentially played the "acoustical stool" he was sitting on
Dingle Atlantic Bed and Breakfast

+ September 8, 2017 Friday - Dingle
Breakfast at Dingle Atlantic B&B - lox and bagels - delicious
Walk along waterfront, visitors center
Small farmers market
Dingle Peninsula loop, Slea Head Drive
Fairy ring fort
Fed sheep
Dunford Fort
Lunch and dessert at Stonehouse restaurant
Beehive huts
Galarus Oratory church
An Riasc Monastery
Church of Kimalkedan and cemetery
Blasket visitors center - rainbow
Views of Ventry Bay and Skellig Michael
Walk around town looking for an open restaurant
Late dinner at Chinese restaurant
Dingle Atlantic Bed and Breakfast

+ September 9, 2017 Saturday - Dingle to Ballyvaughan (County Clare)
Breakfast at Dingle Atlantic B&B - lox and bagels - delicious
Late start getting on the road
Stop to photograph water falls at Conor Pass
Encounter traffic en route
Tarbert car ferry
Cliffs of Moher - visitor center, hiking
The Burrens at sunset
Monks Tavern for dinner, music - amazing young group of musicians including Irish bagpipes
Burren Atlantic Hotel

+ September 10, 2017 Sunday - Ballyvaughan (County Clare) to Clifden (County Connemara)
Breakfast at Burren Atlantic Hotel
Walk along the waterfront
Late start getting on the road
Shanmuckinish Castle
Corcormroe Abbey and Cemetery
Muckamish Castle on the beach
Moyne Castle
Car got stuck in the mud and there was no one around
Walk around Cong
Puddlestick Cafe
Cong church and Abbey
Walk to Ashford Castle but did not go in
Drive around Lough
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Clifden
Arrive at hotel in the rain
Huge double room suite
Skip dinner and have fabulous dessert buffet
Turn on fire place, use tub spa

+ September 11, 2017 Monday - Clifden (County Connemara) to Donegal
Breakfast at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel - elaborate breakfast buffet
Explor building, walk around grounds, take pictures
Connemara National Park - hike part way up
Peat bogs, moorlands above tree line, heather, glacial erratics
Hike lower waterfall trail
Kylemore Abbey
Christie's Cafe - very small place - quiche, dessert, perfect dry cap, lots of friendly locals
Walk around town, along river
Creevykeel court tomb - neolithic site - stone circle, passage tombs
Late arrival in Donegal, check in
Take out pizza, eat in room
Abbey Hotel Donegal

+ September 12, 2017 Tuesday - Donegal to Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Breakfast at Abbey Hotel Donegal
Donegal Abbey
Donegal Castle
Slieve League - drive to end of the road and hike
Stop at library/ visitor center
Kilclooney More - neolithic dolman
Drive to Bushmills arrive 8ish
Check in at Smuggler's Inn
Dinner at hotel
Drive down to the Giants Causeway by myself in the pitch black and rain - to scope it out for the morning

+ September 13, 2017 Wednesday - Bushmills, Antrim Coast Northern Ireland
Predawn wake-up
Drive to and walk down to Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway - fairly deserted except for a TV show film crew
Back to hotel for breakfast at Smuggler's Inn
Carrick-a-Rede - rope bridge
Walk down to the beach - site of a Game of Thrones village set
Ballintoy Harbor
Encounter a Game of Thrones tour
Ice cream
Dark Hedges
Path to the road led through a garden with lots of fairy imagery
Road had a fair bit of traffic and was flanked by beautiful barley fields
Drive to Dunluce Castle - too late to get in
Walk across the street to the ruins of an old church
Huge flocks of birds
Nice dinner at the Bushmill Inn in town
Back to Smuggler's Inn

+ September 14, 2017 Thursday - Bushmills (Antrim Coast), Giants Causeway Northern Ireland to Trim
Predawn wake-up (day 2)
Drive to and walk down to Giants Causeway with Wendy
Giants Causeway - fairly deserted
Back to hotel for breakfast at Smuggler's Inn
Dunluce Castle
Bushmills Distillery include sampling, no photography
Lunch at the distillery
Drive up coast
Dunseverick Castle
White Park Bay Beach - huge numbers of rabbits
Dinner at the Giants Causeway Hotel
I walked back down to Giants Causeway for sunset - again fairly deserted
Walk up to organ pipe formation with a tourist from Mexico
Return to hotel in the dark - where Wendy was waiting
Smuggler's Inn

+ September 15, 2017 Friday - Bushmills (Antrim Coast) to Drogheda
Predawn wake-up (day 3)
Drive to and walk down to Giants Causeway fairly deserted
Giants Causeway
Back to Hotel for Breakfast at Smuggler's Inn
Finish packing
Cross back into Ireland
Drive to Newgrange but find out that we had to go all the way back to the visitors center and take the bus in order to get in.
Newgrange - visitors center
Take a bus down to Knowth where we met up with our guide - last tour of the day - small group - 7 people
Get to climb on top of the main tomb
Dessert at Visitors Center
Drive to Drogheda
Scholars Townhouse Hotel
Dinner at the hotel lounge / bar

+ September 16, 2017 Saturday - Drogheda to Trim
Breakfast at Scholars Hotel, Drogheda
Walk around neighborhood
St, Laurence Gate
Drive back to Newgrange - visitors center
Bus to Newgrange site
Tour of the inside of the site with demonstration of how the light penetrates into the inner sanctum on the winter solstace
Bus back to visitors center
Drive to Trim
Tour of Trim Castle - great guide
Lots of rain
Walk to Tower
Warm up / dry off in car while Wendy went off exploring
Back to the Castle to use the restroom
Ice cream - vanilla with coffee syrup
Dinner at Judge and Jury pub - pizza
Drive to hotel
Boyne View Bed and Breakfast - out in the countryside
Explore the grounds but not much to see - lots of mud

+ September 17, 2017 Sunday - Trim to Dublin Airport to Newark to SFO
Breakfast at Boyne View Bed and Breakfast
Trim to Dublin Aiport
Stop for gas near airport
Return rental car
Flight at 12:55 pm
Arrive SFO at 9 pm


Related pages

+ Northern Ireland 2017 - Giants Causeway



Tremendous thanks to Wendy for researching and planning the entire itinerary!
Thanks also to the Redmonds - our former neighbors for hosting us for dinner.
Thanks to all those who made itinerary or other suggestions, including Fagan Harris, and Mel Burns.


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