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Anne Brackett Aug 04, 2015 at 01:28 PM

My husband, Chuck and I are on the 10/1-15, 2015 trip and are from Denver area. Who else is joining this trip? Chuck's a retired water engineer, I'm a custom picture framer and artist.
Any recommendations for off-tour-must-see art on the trip??
Marjorie Wright Aug 04, 2015 at 03:12 PM

Don't miss The Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on Parnell Square. It was an unexpected treat.

sharron kenney Aug 04, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Dear Jana,

I'm wondering if you have any recommendations for things you did during your free time. I've been reading guidebooks, but would value your input. Many thanks (again!). Sharron

sharron kenney Aug 04, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Thank you, Jana; this is such useful information! I appreciate your help!

sharron kenney Aug 04, 2015 at 11:59 AM

I'm going on the Best of Ireland tour in early August. While there, I want to visit Muckross House; their website said that admission is by timed tour, and that it's best to reserve a ticket in advance. Should I do this from the States or wait until I'm in Ireland? Many thanks to anyone who responds!
Jana Dunn Aug 04, 2015 at 12:11 PM

The day you visit Kilarney National Park would be the best day to also visit Muckross. As soon as you're done with the park tour, if you hustle over to the tourism office (right next to the park entrance), you should be able to arrange for transportation to Muckross and the tour. We'd planned to go, but ate lunch first and the times didn't end up working out right.
Jana Dunn Aug 04, 2015 at 12:11 PM

And to clarify, I wouldn't buy your ticket in advance, in case your plans for that afternoon change.

June Damanti Jul 21, 2015 at 02:09 PM

I am considering registering for this program. Before I do though, I'd like to get a better sense of countryside walking opportunities while on Dingle Peninsula and I guess, other areas too. I'm a photographer and am interested in getting some time to compose shots of landscape beyond those taken at a roadside pullout.
Jana Dunn Jul 21, 2015 at 02:41 PM

On some of the stops (e.g. Gallus Oratory), you'd have enough time to compose a shot with a tripod; on others, you wouldn't. If you do hand-held shots and you move rapidly, the trip might work for you. If you use a tripod and take multiple exposures, you might prefer a photography-oriented tour. That said, if you *were* to go on this tour, I'll bet you'd be surprised at your favorite places to take photos; mine were Glencolumbkille and Killybegs harbor, neither of which is tourism central. If you're on Facebook and would like to see my phone pictures, drop me a line.
Geoff Mcauliffe Jul 21, 2015 at 08:12 PM

I have the same concerns but I probably won't bring a tripod, trying to travel light and my camera has a sensitive sensor. Might bring a small flash for dinners and pubs.
christine trasser Jul 21, 2015 at 08:37 PM

June, In addition to the 15-25 min. breaks we had at numerous pullouts we also had 2 hours in the town of Dingle. As I am not a photographer I used the time for a log hike around the town and had a fabulous lunch at Ashe's.
June Damanti Jul 22, 2015 at 08:51 AM

Thanks for the info and thoughts.
Jana Dunn Jul 22, 2015 at 02:13 PM

For more picture-taking time, sit near the front of the bus so you're among the first off; that can add a good five minutes to a stop.
June Damanti Jul 22, 2015 at 02:19 PM

Good to know Jana. How many people were in your group? I'm under the impression max is 24.
Jana Dunn Jul 22, 2015 at 02:24 PM

The max is 24, which is a good and manageable size. In our group we had a lot of age diversity, and a few people who took longer to get on and off the bus than others. I must say, they were troopers!
Jana Dunn Jul 22, 2015 at 02:25 PM

You will love taking photos in Ireland; the whole island is photogenic and the light is often soft.
June Damanti Jul 22, 2015 at 02:28 PM

I'm very much looking forward to it. Going to go on program starting 9.1.16. It's a good ways off, but wanted to get registered early since single rooms usually limited. Though September good since kids back at school.
Geoff Mcauliffe Jul 22, 2015 at 09:23 PM

June got me thinking so I may bring a small tripod, the kind with legs that can be twisted around posts, etc.

Ed Finn Jul 18, 2015 at 05:40 PM

My and I are registered for this trip begining October 8. I am interested in adding a night-time visit to the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve, www.kerrydarksky.com, while we are staying in Killarney. There are a number of unstructured evenings and i am looking for opportunities to take pictures of the stars, and star trails with interesting landscapes in the foreground. Three questions, first, has anyone done this trip and added such a night outing, second, is anyone else on the October 9 trip interested in joining such an outing, and third can anyone suggest locations and or guides for such an extra outting?
Geoff Mcauliffe Jul 22, 2015 at 09:24 PM

I think I will look into that, thank you!

sharron kenney Jul 17, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Has anyone who's taken this trip previously visited Muckross House in Killarney? If so, how did you arrange for transportation to/from it?
Amy Mann Jul 17, 2015 at 11:09 AM

We took a taxi but you can also take a horse and buggy found just outside the hotel. The taxi was about 11 euro but we shared with another couple. There is also a farm to visit adjacent to the house. Enjoy.

Shelia Berkelhammer Jul 07, 2015 at 04:22 PM

Does anyone have detailed information about the difficulty of the walks on the "Besst of Ireland" trip?
Jana Dunn Jul 07, 2015 at 04:34 PM

Lots of standing and walking during museum tours and the like. One day in Kilarney National Park with flat terrain with some uneven footing. One short walk in The Burren National Park with *very* uneven and somewhat tricky footing. Some uneven terrain walking to and on beaches. Sidewalks can be slick due to rain. Does that help?
Paula Baker Jul 08, 2015 at 12:08 AM

The trek up to the Gallarus Oratory was pretty tough...the grade was fairly steep and it was a pretty far distance from where the bus parked.
Amy Mann Jul 17, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Very apt description of the walks. Most in the city tours were fine but a lot of standing.
Jana Dunn Jul 17, 2015 at 02:06 PM

I forgot; the walk to Dun Aonghasa was long, steep, and rocky, but there are other options for that day, like a buggy ride around the island.

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