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Ireland and Northern Ireland

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Ireland and Northern Ireland

I'm looking for one other sociable individual (M/F age 35+) with a light sense of humor, flexibility and a love of good conversation to join me for a four-week trip in two of the most hospitable and ruggedly beautiful countries in Europe.

June and July of 2022.  Flying into and out of Shannon in County Clare, then biking through Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Derry, Antrim, Cork and Kerry.  Overnights in B&Bs.  40-60 miles a day.  Dinners in restaurants and pubs.  Lively traditional music sessions at night. 

We'll bike around the magnificent Connemara loop and remote Dingle Peninsula, hike Croagh Patrick, climb Glengesh Pass, Moll's Gap and Macgillycuddy's Reeks, wobble on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant's Causeway, visit Belfast and Dublin and enjoy an extensive network of lightly-traveled back roads.  Ferry trips to the Aran Islands, Skellig Michael and Inishturk, plus two short train rides.

Ireland's fickle weather, gray skies and daytime highs of around 60° F mitigated by the beautiful scenery, exceptionally friendly people, pre-historic sites and requisite pastry, tea and hot soup stops along the way.

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Hi David,

Hi David,

I might be able to join you for a while. We'll see closer to the time. I live about 30km from Shannon airport. You are welcome to stay as well. I cycle a lot in and around Co. Clare and last year I cycled the Wild Atlantic Way.

Hendrik

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Hendrik,

Hendrik,

Thank you for your interest.  Where exactly in Clare do you live?  I know Ireland quite well.

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Hi David,

Hi David,

 

I am between Ennis and Gort.

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Hendriik,

Hendriik,

Thanks.  I know that area well.  Stay tuned as my trip plans develop, Covid dependent. 

Reuters reported the other day that Ireland is planning (the operative owrd) to open for tourism, including from Americans, on July 19. What's the situation actually like there now with B&Bs, pubs and restaurants?   

 

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Hi David,

Hi David,

Pubs and restaurants are opening for guests outside next week. I believe BnBs/hotels as well. I am looking forward to it. It is a terrible sight passing the locked up pubs wondering if they will ever open again. A lot of country pubs might stay closed. It was very sad to see how the land of a 1000 welcomes changed to xenophobia.

 

Hendrik

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Hendrik,

Hendrik,

Glad to hear that those enterprises are on the cusp of re-opening.  But it would indeed be sad if many rural pubs can't stay in business.

Xenophobia - and not the virus?