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Ireland and Northern Ireland 2022

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Ireland and Northern Ireland 2022

I'm looking for an affable fellow cycle tourist (M/F age 35+) with a light sense of humor who enjoys good conversation and can cheerfully go with the flow to join me for a 30-day trip around the coasts of two of the friendliest and most ruggedly beautiful countries in Europe.  Approximately 1,000 miles and 40 miles a day average.

June-July of 2022. Flying into and out of Shannon.  B&B accommodations.  Dinners in restaurants and pubs.  Lively trad music most evenings. 

We'll bike the majestic Connemara loop, the Beara, Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas, climb Glengesh Pass, Moll's Gap and the Gap of Dunloe, wobble on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant's Causeway and ferry to the Aran Islands and a few other offshore islands. 

With its extensive network of peaceful back roads, pleasantly cool summer days (50°-60° F), light rain, attractive towns, villages and fishing hamlets, pre-historic sites, good food and beers and Europe's most hospitable people, Ireland is a joy to see by bicycle.

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Hi David,

Hi David,

I might be able to join you for a while. We'll see closer to the time. I live about 30km from Shannon airport. You are welcome to stay as well. I cycle a lot in and around Co. Clare and last year I cycled the Wild Atlantic Way.

Hendrik

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Hendrik,

Hendrik,

Thank you for your interest.  Where exactly in Clare do you live?  I know Ireland quite well.

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Hi David,

Hi David,

 

I am between Ennis and Gort.

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Hendriik,

Hendriik,

Thanks.  I know that area well.  Stay tuned as my trip plans develop, Covid dependent. 

Reuters reported the other day that Ireland is planning (the operative owrd) to open for tourism, including from Americans, on July 19. What's the situation actually like there now with B&Bs, pubs and restaurants?   

 

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Hi David,

Hi David,

Pubs and restaurants are opening for guests outside next week. I believe BnBs/hotels as well. I am looking forward to it. It is a terrible sight passing the locked up pubs wondering if they will ever open again. A lot of country pubs might stay closed. It was very sad to see how the land of a 1000 welcomes changed to xenophobia.

 

Hendrik

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Hendrik,

Hendrik,

Glad to hear that those enterprises are on the cusp of re-opening.  But it would indeed be sad if many rural pubs can't stay in business.

Xenophobia - and not the virus?

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Hendrik,

Hendrik,

What's the the Covid situation like now?  Are most B&Bs and pubs open for business this summer or are they holding off on reopening?  I'm still hopeful of returning in 2022, but any trip across the puddle is a wholly health and safety matter.

Slainte!

David

 

 

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Hi David,

Hi David,

I think restaurants and pubs have opened this week inside for vaccinated people. The rest have to stay outside. I have not been out this week to experience it. The summer has been good and Ireland has been transformed. There are many nice places to sit outside that look really well. Our local here in Ballinruan is still kinda closed but Whelans in Shanaglish is open.

Hendrik

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Hendrik,

Hendrik,

That sounds more promising than here, where mask mandates are being put back into place in various states and indoor establishments because of the virus' delta variant and folks who refuse to get vaccinated.  It'll be many more months before we'll have a better idea of where this is headed in the long run - or not.   

Are Ballinruan and Shanaglish two local villages or something else?  They're not shown on my Michelin map.