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Created On: 02/05/2018 02:25 PM
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 02/05/2018 02:25 PM
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tingo

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..already made a deposit so no bullshittin. Going with sons soccer team. The coach has set up some good stuff for the kids with pro teams ect. We are staying just oputside Dublin. Besides drinking copius amounts of beer, surfing the NW coast and fly fishing what else should I do? I was thinking seven days in Ireland could get a little long without surfing.

Im so close to Spain and France and the flight from Dublin to Spain are cheap.

Im thiking Biarritz, Hossegar,  Mundaka ect.

 

Any suggestions

 02/05/2018 02:44 PM
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Ireland surf depends on swell angle. If you have time and surf ain't great in NW head down to County Clare. Crab island was pretty badass if I remember properly and there are some nice par 3 golf courses there right near castles, really fun and I am not even a golfer. If the surf is still no good there at least you can check out the Cliff's of Moher. Biarritz, Hossegar and Mundaka are kind of a big spread. To do all that though, 7 days is not enough not if you want to relax a little. I lived in Europe 3 years and what you wish to do in 7 days is a big ask. I'd stay stick to Ireland and enjoy it. Although France is very nice, my favorite spot was Guéthary. Hope you have some heavy wetsuits, booties etc. Brrrr
 02/05/2018 06:31 PM
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Yea I really wasn't trying to fit that all in in 7 days. I'm thinking of extending the trip.

 02/05/2018 07:17 PM
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Originally posted by: tingo Yea I really wasn't trying to fit that all in in 7 days. I'm thinking of extending the trip.

Then do it all!!! You will not regret it. The water is not too cold in the Basque region during the summer. Ireland, the water temps can be very chilling even in summer. Have fun take pics and share!
 02/05/2018 11:40 PM
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I did a quicky to Newquay, Cornwall early June.  There was surf (and a whole variety of breaks) but the word was emphatically to come when the water’s 7 degrees.  Ireland seems obviously better than Cornwall,  it sure there’s flights from Dublin.

Cornwall hs terrifyingly narrow roads.  

 02/06/2018 09:26 AM
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artz

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If you are going to extend your trip take a look at Portugal. 

 

 02/06/2018 11:50 AM
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If you are into ancient historical sites:  There are some really cool, old hiking trails in Ireland with good vista views.  Like 3000BC Pagan rite trails.  Hiking the St. Patrick Mountain - 2500’ view of Clew Bay Area and the surrounding landscape near the tourist town of Westport.  https://www.activeme.ie/guides/walks/croagh-patrick-mountain-pilgrim-path-route-map-and-guide-westport-co-mayo-wild-atlantic-way/

Also- cool old sites you can drive to see - look at this home page and links:  https://mythicalireland.com/  

For surfing there is also France !  Check with the Slaters for the best spots in FR.  



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 02/06/2018 12:06 PM
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BTW - Lísbon Portugal is a trek (flight) from Ireland.  Was just there in December and wish I’d extended a few more days - it’s no extra cost to extend on TAP if connecting via Lisboa airport.  there is a direct Lisbon-Miami flight on TAP.  Just a warning - TAP in Miami had the most intense customs re-entry I’ve been through in a while (was like a metal detector in airport security, like the 90s in the US and drugs are kinda legal there, so they searched a lot of people - but let in my pastel de nata - Belém thankfully) - and they tried to double charge me $90 bag fees at the gate check at the TAP origin, very very strict on total bag weight - including my carry-on.  Super low base fare, it’s like allegiantair — all add-on fees.  Buy the luggage up front.  Rental car at Lisboa hertz was NYC expensive - get a low budget prepay and watch the speed carefully because they have buried speed detectors and ding your card instantly via the rental agency with a surcharge.  Você falo Portuguese?  You will need it there. 



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 02/07/2018 08:41 AM
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In Ireland, if you're at all into history see the book of Kells. Walk around and look at the architecture. It's worth a trip just for that.

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 02/07/2018 08:43 AM
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Originally posted by: ww I did a quicky to Newquay, Cornwall early June.  There was surf (and a whole variety of breaks) but the word was emphatically to come when the water's 7 degrees.  Ireland seems obviously better than Cornwall,  it sure there's flights from Dublin.

Cornwall hs terrifyingly narrow roads.  

See I won't drive in the UK at ALL. I am terrified - narrow roads, twisty, and people going bat out of hell fast. But the public transportation is good enough I have never NEEDED to.

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 02/09/2018 01:38 AM
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It was annoying to have basically only one bus to, and back, Newquay-St. Ives, and have to miss getting off and checking out the places between.  But the narrow roads and driving on the "wrong" side (where your worst problem is estimating clearance on the passenger side) conspires against renting a car.  

I'm used to twisty roads.  New Zealand is a lot like western Oregon, and if you've done the NC mountains or even the lumpier Piedmont, you're ready for Oregon.  

That said, even if Cornwall has too many tourists from SE England (you can ride a train straight from London Paddington to Newquay), I really enjoyed taking a look.  Western Ireland has to be amazing.  Good idea to go soon before Britain gets out of the European Union and the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland border reappears and gets messy.  

 02/15/2018 05:13 PM
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It's been 20+ years since I lived there - I surfed mostly the north coast a couple surf spots around Portrush.  West coast Donegal had a few good spots and I recall catching some ridable days in June around Bunduran.  I did not get to try any on the southwest but a few down there.

If you go into Northern Ireland go to the Ulster American Museum to get a good perspective on why so many people left and what life was like.  If you like transportation go to the Ulster Transportation museum - great display on the Titanic.

Bushmills tour is great.  Guiness is good everywhere.



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 02/16/2018 08:00 AM
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tingo

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Thanks, any and all information is appreciated.

 

Im going to a small town called Trim. My friend lives there.

I have read the fishing is good in the rivers for natural trout and salmon!!

 02/16/2018 01:19 PM
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Sligo or Donegal should have some waves that time of year and it's only a couple hour drive from Dublin. Be prepared to freeze your cajones off, but it'll be worth it.

If you get the chance, check out Galway. The Galway music festival is sometime in June, definitely worth the trip.

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 04/24/2018 11:28 AM
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tingo

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ok, its been a while and ive done some home work. I think Ill go to Bundoran if there is swell. Next to the cliffs of moehr is another wave that is good. What has changed ive added another week after.  We are flying home out of Lisbon, which seems to have some good rates as mentioned above. So the question now is how close is good surf to Lisbon?

Esit;

Wannasurf shows waves all around Lisboa, anybody have personal experience?

Thanks



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 04/24/2018 12:33 PM
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Any where in that area will have waves, it's a question of how bad do you want to access them. Rocks, cliffs and BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR cold water. Bundoran has a local surf shop, they were the people that advised me on where to surf when I was there. Super friendly people with a great knowledge of the area.

It looks like you'll be in the area of the Giants Causway; that's a must see if you have the opportunity.

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 04/25/2018 03:35 AM
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Sounds awesome.  Ireland is on my bucketlist for a surf trip

have fun!



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