Must-sees and advice for short Ireland-Isle of Man - England visit?
May 25, 2012 10:46 AM Subscribe
Help my boyfriend have an awesome solo Ireland - Isle of Man - England trip! He's leaving today, and while the major transportation and lodging is figured out, he's looking for suggestions of things for the day-to-day, as well as driving route suggestions.
posted by foodmapper to Travel & Transportation around Ireland, Scotland (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend (30, very outdoorsy, rides a motorcycle) is leaving tonight for a trip that culminates in a friend's wedding. The itinerary is:
Saturday: land in Dublin, Dublin things (Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness tour)
Sunday - Monday: driving around Ireland in a rental car (picking up Sat afternoon, return Monday evening in Dublin)
Tuesday: ferry to Isle of Man
Weds - Thurs: Isle of Man, and the practice week of the Isle of Man Motorcycle race.
Friday: ferry to Heysham, England (north of Liverpool) quite early in the morning, pick up rental car.
Saturday: friend's wedding in the early afternoon in Stanstead, England, north of London. Fly back to the US Sunday morning.
He hasn't done much solo travel, and I want him to have an awesome time and not miss out on cool stuff. I've never been to Ireland, so I'm hoping you guys can help him out. He's looking for:
Things to do in Dublin: Anything neat happening Saturday? What would be a good place to get a few beers that isn't too drunken-studenty? Where should he eat? (He doesn't love fish, but I may be able to talk him into trying that famous fish and chips place)
Driving around Ireland: With only 2 days, where should he drive to? Older threads suggest that the area around Donegal is lovely and wild, and I think he would really like that kind of rugged beauty. Suggestions as to itinerary, can't-miss places, and someplace to stay on Sunday are much appreciated. As it's only 2 days, it seems like the northern parts of Ireland are more accessible without spending all day in the car.
Isle of Man: Any suggestions from people who've been there during the TT craziness about where to watch from, places not to miss, and good places to meet fellow motorcyclists? He's bringing a jacket and boots, but hasn't made any provisions to rent a bike there. Other things to see on the Isle of Man?
England: What's an interesting, scenic route between Heysham and Stanstead? Could he squeeze in a quick visit to the Lake District National park? Where should he stay en route that's an easy striking distance to Stanstead? He doesn't want to bank on making good time from somewhere far away in the morning, so as to cut out the risk of missing or being late for the wedding.