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Ireland: Two Countries in One

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A September 2004 trip to Ireland by ext212

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Quote: The weather was as variable as the number of activities you can partake in between the two countries' vast landscape. If my cheeks were red and cold by the end of the day, the warmth of the Irish people always made up for the mist outside.

Ireland: Two Countries in One

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Ireland: Two Countries in One Photo, Ireland, Europe
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1. Walking and Talking in Ireland with Sean Mullan: Hiking the Slieve League and tracing the Glencolumbkille pilgrimage in Donegal 2. Irish Cycling Safaris with Johnny Daly: A fifteen-mile bike ride from Glencolumbkille to Maghera Beach through Glengesh Pass, coming across sheep that scared me 3. Irish Cycle Tours with Ian: Biking and pedaling downhill from Ballycastle to Portballintrae and making stops at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Giant's Causeway, and the Old Bushmills Distillery, wet and cold and fighting 70mph winds 4. Being proven wrong about Ireland only having lamb and potatoes: The scallops and langoustines...Read More

Colliers Hall

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Hotel

Colliers Hall Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Colliers Hall 50 Cushendall Road Ballycastle, Antrim Proprietress: Mrs. Maureen McCarry Telephone: 028-2076-2531 www.colliershall.com After hiking the Mourne Mountains [see separate entry] and driving from Newcastle to Belfast to Portballintrae, I was looking forward to getting my first complete night's sleep at Colliers Hall. Its name comes from the unused coal mines along the northeastern shore in the early 1700s. It was sold to its present owners in 1917! There is an 18th-century stone barn next door that is also an accommodation for visitors. If B&Bs in America looked more ...Read More

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Colliers Hall
50 Cushendall Road
Ballycastle, Ireland
028-2076-2531

Ardeen House

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Hotel

Ardeen House Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Ardeen House Ramelton Donegal Proprietress: Mrs. Ann Campbell Telephone: 074-9151-243 www.ardeenhouse.com Before we went to bed, we gathered in the reading room to warm up in front of the fireplace with our tea and homemade scones. I woke up the next morning at Ardeen House, feeling refreshed for the first time since I arrived in Ireland. I was getting used to the time change and was ready to tackle the day's walking and hiking itinerary with Sean Mullan [see separate entry]. The proprietress, Mrs. Campbell, showed me to my room, which used to be her daughter's, who is now away at ...Read More

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Ardeen House
Ramelton
Ramelton, Ireland
+353 (74) 9151243

Millstone

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Hotel

Millstone Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Millstone Cashel Glencolumbkille Proprietress: Mrs. Geraldine Byrne Telephone: 074-9730-295 After a beautiful day around Glencolumbkille, we checked into Millstone Guest Accommodation for the night. It was the perfect afternoon for tea, but I opted to put on my sneakers, leave the rest of the group, and run back to the beach I saw earlier across from the Folk Village Museum [see separate entry] to catch the sun set. Imagine a beach in Ireland! Imagine blue skies clear enough to watch the afternoon fade away! I was a very happy girl! Millstone is a comfortable home that gave me an impression of Italy, with its archway in the hall a...Read More

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Millstone
Cashel
Cashel, Ireland
+353 (0)74 9730295

Distillers Arms

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Restaurant | "The Distillers Arms"

Distillers Arms Photo, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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Distillers Arms www.distillersarms.com/ Simon, the manager and owner of The Distillers Arms, asked everyone in our group where we were all coming from. When I told him that I live in New York City, he told me that he used to live in Yonkers for a few years before he returned to the motherland to open up the restaurant. The fact is The Distillers Arms is one of the many restaurants in Ireland being opened up by young chefs who are returning home to bring back what they've learned about the culinary arts in Europe and the United States. Thank heavens for that, because my grilled langoustine dish with fennel sl...Read More

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Distillers Arms
Main Street
Bushmills, United Kingdom BT57 8QE
+44 028 2073 1044

Teach Barnai

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Restaurant

Teach Barnai Photo, Donegal, Ireland
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Teach Barnai Teach Barnai, or Barney's House in English, is a family-run restaurant with an impressive menu. It feels like somebody's home, especially when you sit by the fireplace downstairs for a pint before you are seated. The dining area on the second floor is divided in two into a full dining room and a mezzanine of sorts for smaller groups. We were seated in the more intimate space, and it felt like we were having our own party in our own apartment. I was assigned to pick a bottle of wine before dinner. As soon as I selected the Gigondas, the owner and manager, Michael Carr, told me that he was going to open it right away to let it sit and air out. I knew I was...Read More

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Teach Barnai
Main Street
Donegal, Ireland
+353 (074)9738160

Nancy's

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Restaurant

Nancy's Photo, Ireland, Europe
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After biking from Glencolumbkille to Maghera Beach (see separate entry), we drove to the small town of Ardara to take a break. Nancy's is the ultimate Irish pub because it has been around for several generations. Its namesake is the great-grandmother of its current owner. There are hundreds of trinkets hanging around the pub, and each piece looked like it told a story of Ireland or one of the pub's family members. The place looked small from the outside, but as soon as I ventured out to look for the women's room, I discovered other small, more private rooms around the entire lot. (The men's room is out in the back, past a garden.) Upstairs, the family's bedrooms are open in order for a visitor ...Read More

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Walking and Talking in Ireland with Sean Mullan Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Walking and Talking in Ireland with Sean Mullan info@walktalkireland.com www.walktalkireland.com I've always been turned off by tour guides, because from what I've experienced, they talk like broken records, and they really just do it because it's their job. Enter Sean Mullan of Walking and Talking in Ireland. He has been walking the walk and talking the talk for about five years, and it showed. Tours turn into experiences when you're accompanied by someone who actually has a passion for the place you're visiting. There are new lessons learned when you...Read More

Irish Cycling Safaris with Johnny Daly

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Irish Cycling Safaris with Johnny Daly Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Irish Cycling Safaris with Johnny Daly johnny@cyclingsafaris.com www.cyclingsafaris.com At first I doubted that my body could do a second bike tour, cold and wet while fighting strong winds and pedaling downhill. When I saw the itinerary—fifteen miles from Glencolumbkille to Maghera Beach, passing through Glengesh Pass—I was prepared to accept the helpful van rides along the bike route. But it was probably our guide Johnny Daly's infectious laugh that brought the sun out the morning of our first meeting in Glencolumbkille. For the first time during my...Read More
Walk on the Wild Side with Martin Mc Guigan Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Walk on the Wild Side with Martin McGuigan marty@walkwithmarty.com www.walkwithmarty.com After a couple of hours of sleep in a hotel in Dublin, we set off for the Mourne Mountains in Newcastle. Martin McGuigan met us for tea and sandwiches to talk to us about Walk on the Wild Side and to tell us about the day's itinerary. He has been running his company for about three years, but he has been involved in outdoor activities all his life. Who better to take you to walk up the Mourne than an active Northerner? It had been drizzling on and off, so ...Read More

Irish Cycle Tours with Ian

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Irish Cycle Tours with Ian  Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Irish Cycle Tours with Ian info@irishcycletours.com www.irishcycletours.com/ We spent our first night in Ballycastle, and during dinner, Ian from Irish Cycle Tours stopped by to introduce himself to us. The next morning, after my first Irish brekkie of bacon, eggs, grilled tomatoes, and black and white pudding, we biked from Ballycastle to Portballintrae and made our first stop at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge off Ballint...Read More