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Kimmisue
8th September 2008, 06:47 PM
All in Ireland,

Please let me know some of the spots that you think a tourist shouldn't miss.
Janeen and I planned this trip for last year but found Janeen had Breast Cancer and I ended up having to have surgery so we postponed our trip until this year.

This may not be the right place to post this but I would love to possibly meet up with some of you when we are there ...and we would hate to missout on any special sites.

Our plans are :
Oct 21...fly into dublin rent a car ...drive the ring of Kerry for 5 days...stopping where we want.
Then on the 21 we begin our equestrian tour of the Haunted Castles of Ireland.
Leaving on Nov 2.

Please let me know your favorite spots.

Justine
8th September 2008, 07:26 PM
Kinsale and here of course in Dungarvan.

Justine
8th September 2008, 07:32 PM
I am trying to think,but we had a program here called Ballykissangel,apparently its lovely there to.I cant remember the actual village.Belfast is lovely as well,thats in the North.

brid kenny
8th September 2008, 08:03 PM
Donegal is my favourite place in Ireland but is also North!!

Shelli
8th September 2008, 10:26 PM
I think Ballykissangel was filmed in the valley of Avoca, in wicklow. I could be completely wrong though :rolleyes: I love courtown in wexford, great beaches there. Killarney is always lively, no matter what time if year you go there.

Cleo's Person
8th September 2008, 10:43 PM
Cliffs of Mohir in Clare. Some lovely spots along the West coast. Come to Cork for the last weekend in October as the Jazz festival will be on.

Kimmisue
8th September 2008, 10:48 PM
Thank you so much Please keep the suggestions coming.

Do you have any suggestions on lodgings? We were planning on staying at B&B's?
Are there special ones?

Thanks again

Lisa_T
8th September 2008, 10:59 PM
Glens of Sligo, Glens of Antrim, Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrickfergus Castle...

Stately houses - we have many, many of 'em. If you're up North then try Castleward, if only because it's an eternal testimony to the row between the Lord Bangor who built it and his wife. He liked good plain simple classical architecture. She liked the gothic style that was fashionable at the time. The house is a compromise - classical one side, and gothic on the other. :D Lovely grounds and if you don't mind looking like a kid, dressing up opportunities - you know, crinolines et al.

Don't forget to do Dublin Castle if you're there, although the anti-British guff there never fails to make me laugh. I was amused the last time when the tour guy told us that the person who had made the statue of Justice in the 18th c deliberately did not put a hole on one of her scales. Thus when it rained, the scales became imbalanced - supposedly demonstrating the injustice of British rule in Ireland. Trust me, Anglo-Irish people in 18th Dublin were unlikely to put it quite that way.

Kimmisue
9th September 2008, 02:16 PM
Wonderful...I am sharing each of these posts with my friend.


Please keep them coming.

I heard that Blarney Castle isn't what everyone makes it to be that there is a Blarney stone at almost every village.

Is that true?

timclayton
9th September 2008, 02:29 PM
Kilkee in Clare (lovely clifftop walks)
Kinsale nr Cork (food and peace)
Beara Penisula
Connemara
Donnegal


When in Dublin - take DART or Car to Howth, Dalkey,killiney

hilary
10th September 2008, 04:16 PM
Wicklow is a really beautiful county. Powerscourt house and gardens is worth a visit and is great for lunch and shopping . Grafton street is your best bet for shopping . St Stephens green is a nice park in the city centre . The west coast of Ireland is really scenic . west cork is definitely my favourite place . .......fabulous scenery and very good restaurants .Connemara is also beautiful. hopefully the weather wont be too bad . We have just had the worst summer in living memory ! Be prepared for high prices but you can get fantastic bed and breakfast accomodation at really reasonable rates .......particularly off peak season . The book 100 BEST PLACES TO STAY IN IRELAND might be useful for you .I hope you and your friend have a positive experience and that Ireland lives up to your expectations . We go to west cork as often as we can .......to me it has just about everything , including friendly people which makes such a difference. Best of luck ..Hilary:rah:

Kimmisue
26th September 2008, 11:59 PM
Everyone...you won't believe this.

CCI Cross Country International equestrian tours has closed thier doors and kept our money .
2249.00 us . Since it was paid by check we are out the monies.
Luckily it is just the last 5 days of our trip. It is just hard to believe.

I hope no one else on this site has a trip planned with them.

Shelli
27th September 2008, 12:02 AM
So sorry to hear this has happened to you :hug:
Will you get any of your money back?

Kimmisue
27th September 2008, 12:08 AM
It doesn't look like it ... I have sent the story to our local tv station ..they have a problem resolution and fraud group... and to Dr. phil ..( would love to see him rip them up) ...and my friend sent it to 20/20 channel 22 news and Oprah.

Hopefully one of these will be able to contact them and help us get our money back.

Cathy Moon
27th September 2008, 01:14 AM
Everyone...you won't believe this.

CCI Cross Country International equestrian tours has closed thier doors and kept our money .
2249.00 us . Since it was paid by check we are out the monies.
Luckily it is just the last 5 days of our trip. It is just hard to believe.

I hope no one else on this site has a trip planned with them.
Oh, I'm so very sorry this has happened to you!!! :eek: What a bummer! If there is anything we can do to help just let us know. Can you start a class action lawsuit, or is it too late for that?

jgponder
27th September 2008, 05:59 PM
Kim, check to see if they were members of ASTA or ASTA Tour Operator Program (TOP), or NTA (National Tour Association). If so you may be able to recoup your money if they were members, they were insured against closure.

Jane

Kimmisue
27th September 2008, 07:34 PM
Thank you for the info...that is the most promising so far.

brotymo
27th September 2008, 07:37 PM
Oh, goodness, I hope you get some resolution! Don't lay down and take that without a good fight!

Andy's mum
28th September 2008, 01:24 AM
Don't let it ruin your stay in Ireland, and since you're doing Ring of Kerry anyway, just pop in Dingle, it's just few miles above and the coast is amazing here. I live here for 4 years now and still don't have enough;)

Kimmisue
28th September 2008, 03:41 AM
Oh we intend on fighting... Hopefully someone will help us get our money back...before our trip so we can afford to do everything we would like.

Dingle ..hmmmm that would be great... would you be willing to have lunch?or dinner?...or maybe join us for a afternoon?

Justine
28th September 2008, 12:23 PM
So sorry to hear the news.Its awful.