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  1. stinger

    stinger Well-Known Member

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    #1 stinger, Jul 1, 2018
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    Well just over a week ago got back from a ride around the Emerald Isle. Went with a mate on a baby monster. As a budget trip it was awesome.
    We took the ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare and 8 days later took one back from Dublin to Holyhead. 1650 miles in total. It was just before the heatwave (well we caught three days of it). More or less around the coast, along the South and up the West, a little bit of the North then a blast from Belfast to Dublin. We didnt do Donegal or Antrim coasts as we had to get to Dublin, still, something to go back for and I definitely would.. When we left we had two nights accommodation booked in Dublin for the end and that was it.
    We took a tent each and ended up wild camping 2 nights, a hostel one night (in Galway) and camping on sites the rest. We spent about an hour or two in total on the motorway the whole trip. We had to take a couple of major roads from time to time to get where we needed to on schedule.
    The road users were pretty bike friendly pulling in on the main roads so it was easy to pass, the people were friendly. The roads were quieter than in England but not as quiet as the highlands and the standard of tarmac was okay but some of the very minor coastal roads were bumpy and uneven.
    We did quite a lot of the tourist type destinations, Blarney castle, Jamesons distillery, Bushmills distillery, Valentia Island, Slieve League, Glencar waterfall, Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges. My friend planned the route and visits (his turn i did the trip to the highlands last year and Belgian Grand Prix the year before), I deliberately didn't have a sat nav on so it would be more fun.
    As a trip it was a good one, if you have never been to Ireland definitely worth the effort.
    Didnt take many photos, at least not ones worth sharing, first for DIlli

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  2. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    Sounds like you had a great time :)
     
  3. dilligaf

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    It’s @Dozers Dad that drinks Bushmills :eek:
    Jack Daniels for me mate :yum:p
     
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  4. Smilinjack

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    Good work mate. Been to Ireland a few times for work, never ridden there. :)
     
  5. stinger

    stinger Well-Known Member

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    Oops, i guess its not your fault you haven't an educated palate :p
     
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  6. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    #6 Dozers Dad, Jul 1, 2018
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    Hi Stinger,

    Looks like an awesome trip mate! :grinning:

    Nice one that you visited the whiskey drinkers equivalent of the Vatican, the wailing wall, Great pyramid of Giza & the hanging gardens of Babylon etc etc.

    However, in future I'd very much appreciate it if you didn't confuse me with that neanderthal northern monkey dilligaf! :eek:
    Not only does he drink that heathenous American sour mash shite. It has recently come to light that he is also a fan of John Smiths Extra Smooth bitter!!!! :eek:

    We are having a whip round for his therapy session as I type Stinger :kissing:
     
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  7. dilligaf

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    I don’t need no feckin therapy :mad:
    Just John Smiths & Jack Daniels :yum:p
     
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  8. Peter Stokes

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    Looks like a decent trip guys. Love Ireland, strangely we did the Guinness tour in Dublin, I say strange because I'm teetotal :)
     
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  9. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    #9 Dozers Dad, Jul 1, 2018
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    Very sorry to hear that Peter! It can't be easy for you sir! :(

    Don't worry though mate. Myself & dillgaf have been tirelessly working on a cure for the scourge that is Teetotalism for the past 40yrs.
    Progress has been very slow though. Mainly coz we can never remember where we got to with the previous days research? :kissing:
     
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  10. stinger

    stinger Well-Known Member

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    Jack Daniels and nitrogen laden poison????? Whip round?? Mmm not sure that euthanasia might not be a better option.... might only be one way out of that misery
     
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  11. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Spot on mate.
    Under any other circumstances he'd have been off to the Vets to be put out of his misery years ago.
    Trouble is, although he has less taste than a fan of Big Brother. He's fun to have around bless him :p
     
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