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The other thing that struck me was how long it took to get somewhere. In the US you think in terms of 200 miles is 3 hrs. In the UK it ends up 5 or 6 hours. Every 10 miles you end up in some cute little town a 10 MPH.

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Yep, in the UK we generally reckon on averaging 40 mph on a trip. Maybe 50 mph if it's largely on motorways.
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We had a hard time adjusting between MPH and KPH while we were there, but we didn't have a set schedule all that much so we just went where we liked. I am sorry I didn't get a chance to rent a motorcycle. Next trip we are planning on staying in one place longer. This trip was two weeks of constantly moving.

I did rent a bike, but it didn't have a motor on Inisheer.



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I saw a bunch of bike at Carrege-a-rede in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland http://www.flickr.com/photos/crashin...57600907373099

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Try this company...start and finish in Dublin
http://www.motoireland.com/

Here's another company...not far from Dublin airport
http://www.motorental.ie/
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Thumbs up I was there too.

I cycled there for a month in May/June of '05. Excellent trip. Made a loop from Shannon airport. Never had a bad experience with Irish drivers in the countryside. The most dangerous were Americans trying to drive on the "wrong" side of the road in unfamiliar hired (rented) cars. Roads were crowded in touriste areas, esp The Ring of Kerry; Connemara was almost deserted by comparison. We stayed in B&Bs, had the "Full Irish Breakfast"
rode all day (frequent stops for photo ops, etc) then found beds in some town, checked into the pub, had pubgrub dinners (restaurants v. expensive!) explored the town, then returned to the pub around 9-10 PM for music. I'd do it all again!
Oh, sorry, can't help you with the Harley rental thing. Met a lot of Brits on sport/touring bikes.
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If you go to Kerry, obvious routes like the Ring Of Kerry aren't necessarily the best (although you should see them too). There's a tiny little road from Killarney, through the middle of MacGillycuddys's Reeks, by Glencar and on to Waterville or Derreen. It takes some finding, but boy, is it worth finding. A tiny little narrow road, with nothing for mile after mile but some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you've ever seen.

I've stayed a few times at Portmagee; a beuatiful little fishing village well away from the Ring Of Kerry road (well away from everywhere, actually!), just opposite Valencia Island.

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Exclamation Do NOT take the car! But do climb the mountain!

Cheers. If Folkie's Road out of Killarney is the same one I think it is (and I'm not saying it is) and you happen to have given in to renting a ... car -- please do NOT take it on this road. Although it is signed against 4 wheelers (except for local residents) it seems to be taken as a suggestion more than a rule. The track is very, very narrow--it's meant to be limited to hikers, cyclists, and pony traps; anything larger than that can ruin the experience for all. On the far side of the Gap of Dunloe we got...disoriented searching for a hostel that had closed. It was a grand adventure. Ended up in a village that was not on our map. And that was just the first day of our tour!
Portmagee was very nice. We took a water taxi from there over to the 'island' of Skellig Michael. This is really really a 'must-see'. Park your bike for the day because you can't take your bike there--actually you wouldn't want to as it's more like the Matterhorn sticking out of the ocean, 18 miles offshore (there's a monks' colony from the dark ages on the summit). Believe it or not, you can climb to the top using the same route those monks did. There's nothing like it in North America. If you do manage it, consider yourself fortunate: Many days are too stormy for boats to put to sea. We had one perfect day there and we felt blessed.
By all means, enjoy yourself, because rural Ireland is changing very quickly due to immigration (!) and corporate globalization.
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If Folkie's Road out of Killarney is the same one I think it is (and I'm not saying it is) and you happen to have given in to renting a ... car -- please do NOT take it on this road. Although it is signed against 4 wheelers (except for local residents) it seems to be taken as a suggestion more than a rule. The track is very, very narrow--it's meant to be limited to hikers, cyclists, and pony traps; anything larger than that can ruin the experience for all. On the far side of the Gap of Dunloe …
No, I didn't mean the Gap Of Dunloe road. In fact I'd seen the Gap Of Dunloe on the map and thought it looked promising, and was planning to go that way. When I got to Kate Kearney's Cottage I found that cars were banned from using it (I was in a car) so carried on around the mountain. By Lough Acoose, Bealalaw Bridge, Dromalonhurt Bridge, through the gap between Knocknagapple and Knocknacusha, and down into Ballaghisheen Forrest, Lissatinnig Bridge, and follow the River Inny down to Waterville. Or you can veer off a bit to the North, by Knockroe and Dromaragh, and come out neerer Derreen. Wonderful exploration, and much more rewarding than just tootling around the Ring Of Kerry main road (the N70).
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By all means, enjoy yourself, because rural Ireland is changing very quickly due to immigration (!) and corporate globalization.
Yes, until very recently (and maybe still, just) going to Ireland was like stepping back in time. It was like England in the 1950s. It's a shame in many ways that it's changing.
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