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Program #18731RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
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Laura Peyton Aug 27, 2014 at 08:34 AM

Susan, yes, you do need a converter and possibly an umbrella and you don't need a skirt.

Susan Christensen Aug 27, 2014 at 12:23 AM

2 1/2 weeks till my departure 9/12 for Best of Ireland! Did you bring a plug converter to charge your I-phone? Need a mini umbrella? Was there any event/place where you needed a skirt? Who is on the flight from Chicago to Shannon?
Nancy Dale Aug 27, 2014 at 07:54 AM

Yes, I needed a special converter for the Republic of Ireland (3 prongs). I got mine at the Shannon airport. Mini umbrella or raincoat you can take with you (rain coat was better for me. Or poncho.) Irish "mist" almost every day tho we had mostly sunny weather most of the time. We didn't need a skirt, but some wore one for a nicer dinner evening. Wonderful trip. Enjoy! (And pack light!)
Coyla Rankin Aug 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Susan, I couldn't figure out how to directly reply to your comments. I didn't take the Wild Wicklow tour, even though it sounded great. We took the DART to Howth and hiked along the cliffs on the coast. I'd love to talk more about the trip - it was fabulous.
Susan Christensen Aug 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Coyla, here is my direct email. I think I am doing it direct.:

Dolores Hazzlerigg Aug 17, 2014 at 04:27 PM

These were not hikes, just strolls! If you are healthy you do not need any helps.
the landscape of the Burren was difficult
as many holes to step into, just watch your step. Nice walk in Dublin,lots of stops to listen to guide. We had one day of gentle rain.At age 82 I did fine with the walks.

Laura Peyton Aug 17, 2014 at 02:31 PM

You should be prepared for rain although we were lucky enough to have very little more than a mist or two. A walking stick is handy- I have a handicap and managed to keep up with most of the walks, so they are not too intense. I don't think you really need hiking gear per se. I am envious that you have this trip ahead of you. It was wonderful in every way!

Jim Kidney Aug 17, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Seeking helpful advice from past participants regarding preparation for walks. Any noteworthy weather or terrain conditions? Usefulness of umbrella, poncho, hiking gear, walking stick, etc.?
Marjorie Wright Aug 17, 2014 at 01:29 PM

We went in October last year and had the treat of exceptionally good weather. However, umbrella, poncho good ideas. The hikes aren't' too difficult but depending upon the individual, a walking stick could be very useful. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots also good to have, without overdoing the heavy luggage.
Barbara A Aug 17, 2014 at 02:19 PM

Depends on your walking abilities. We had some in our trip that had a hard time with the pace. The tarain can be very uneven, but if you are used to walking no problem. We had great weather (summer), but we still had days that were "soft", just a little rain. We had coats with hoods and did fine.

Laura Peyton Aug 06, 2014 at 07:53 AM

I envy you who have this trip ahead of you. We just returned and it was magical. Road Scholar does a masterful job with logistics and agendas, and we liked the free time given most days. I urge you to go to Comedy Crunch in Dublin if you are there on a Mon or Sunday night. It was hilarious and free! Donations only. I cannot spell our guides name ( Gaelic) but it is pronounced Baven and she was perfect. We did hit a heat wave in July - up to high 70's and it truly was a bit warm. But nothing dampened the trip. Perfect.
Susan Christensen Aug 06, 2014 at 07:27 PM

Thank you. It looks like we arrive Monday eve for dinner. Do you recall the time of the show? I gues if it's free wont have to reserve tix ahead? Is it walking distance to the Camden Court (or did you stay elsewhere)??

Susan Christensen Aug 05, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Hello those going on the Ireland trip leaving Sept 12. I just saw on the web site for Arbutus hotel where we stay in Killarney they have links to local sites and Rick Steves travel programs about Ireland. Fun to watch to whet the appetite!

Nancy Dale Aug 03, 2014 at 07:20 PM

MaryBeth Noonan and I are packing for the 8/8 trip to Ireland this coming week. We are from Boston and looking forward to meeting everyone. Thanks for the weather tips.

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