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"It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go". When you set out you must go alone. There are no maps of the way to Tipperary. Your only compass is your own heart. Trust that!
Maps and guides. In order to better plan
your journey, we suggest to buy and examine a map of Ireland in advance. In Europe it's easy to find the right Michelin map (sheet 405, Ireland/Irlande,
1:400.000). It has got a good index, a lot of road and tourist
indications (megalithic monuments included), a nice price and it is easy
to fold up. However, the key is in English, French, Irish and German,
but not in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese; after a journey under the inevitable
Irish rain it will be drenched with water and hard to be read near the
creases. We also suggest buying more detailed
etc. We rented a car in Dublin. It is possible to rent a car in Ireland
(remember that at the airport it costs more than in town) or to buy a 'fly
and drive' offer from a tour operator in your country. This second choice
helps save time and trouble as soon as you have arrived (the car is ready at the
airport). Cars, even small, are good; they usually have a radio and cassette player, so be prepared
to take some music cassettes with you. Be careful: of course, Irish,
as British, drive on the opposite side. We suggest you take great care particularly in the first days
and always at roundabouts. And don't forget your
seat belt: in Ireland it's not considered an option as in Italy and in
have always slept in Bed and Breakfasts. Often located in splendid places,
not expensive, B&Bs are almost everywhere and they help in meeting local
people. A lot of foreign travel agencies offer vouchers you can spend
in B&Bs and country houses. We liked better choosing our B&B daily,
in order to be free to go step by step. Even if
we were in Ireland during the most crowded period of the year (in
summer), without any reservation, we always managed to find a room.
Weather and clothing.
Irish people go around in short sleeves and enjoy any faint ray of sun,
but for us Mediterraneans Ireland is cold and it rains unbelievably often.
In a megalithic expedition we suggest wearing warm and comfortable clothing.
Special regard to shoes is important to avoid slipping and for walking
easily for a long time in soggy soil. In summer, it's better to dress in a
so-called 'onion style', that is several layers of clothes. A K-way or a waterproof
jacket is a must, even if there are no clouds at all in the sky. Try and you'll see.
Not only megaliths. Several megalithic monuments
and a lot of castles, abbeys and historic buildings are in the care of Historic
Scotland, a public institution that preserves more than 270 historic sites. The
National Trust for Scotland is similar, but private. To enter some monuments you
have to buy an admission ticket. If you plan to visit more than one monument in
your wanderings, you'll do better buying a weekly ticket. Both Historic Scotland
Explorer tickets and National Trust Touring tickets are available for single
adults or for families and for various days. The Explorer we bought in 1990 for
6 pounds and it was valid for two weeks. Anyway, in our opinion it is a wonderful
way to preserve a country heritage: we appreciated very much the excellent work
that the Historic Scotland and the National Trust do.
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