Ireland's Classic Trips by Lonely Planet

Ireland's Classic Trips by Lonely Planet

Author:Lonely Planet
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781760341190
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Published: 2015-08-13T04:00:00+00:00


THAT’S A GAS

A word of caution for visitors driving the wilds of Connemara: they’re not called wilds for nothin’. There are long distances between filling stations on those gorgeous swaths of uninhabited valley and sheep-dotted mountainside. What’s more, the few stations there are often closed by early evening, so make sure you have enough fuel to keep you going for at least 80km. Find stations at Recess, Clifden and Kylemore.

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b Union Hall & Glandore

The pretty waterside villages of Union Hall and Glandore (Cuan Dor) burst into life in summer when fleets of yachts tack into the shelter of the Glandore Harbour inlet. A tangle of back roads meander across the area; you should, too. Accessible from Glandore via a long, narrow causeway over the estuary, Union Hall was named after the 1800 Act of Union, which abolished the separate Irish parliament. The 1994 film War of the Buttons, about two battling gangs of youngsters, was filmed here.

The Drive » From here you’ll glide into Cork city, 70km away, in about 1½ hours.

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c Cork City

Competing fiercely with Dublin for recognition, the south’s largest city has arguably every bit as much to offer as the capital, yet on a smaller and even friendlier scale. The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house. Dotted around the compact centre are a host of historic buildings, cosmopolitan restaurants, local markets and cosy traditional bars. The award-winning Lewis Glucksman Gallery ( 021-490 1844; www.glucksman.org; University College Cork; suggested donation €5; 10am-5pm Tue-Sat, 2-5pm Sun) in the grounds of University College Cork (UCC) is a startling limestone, steel and timber construction that displays the best in both national and international contemporary art and installation. It’s always buzzing with people coming to attend lectures, view the artwork or procrastinate in the cafe.

See also our walking tour (Click here).

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