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    parking last year in NT carpark was £9. But i believe there is a park and ride not too far away. NT "Heritage/Retail Centre" is outrageously expensive and full of marketing souvenirs/gifts for children/tourists and the ancient myths of Northern Ireland have been used to make money - sorry did i mean to make geology interesting. I guess kids will like the Giant Cartoon film they can see in the Center. The causeway itself was heaving with japanese tourists in the height of the season when i was there, but in the cool evening, when everyone has gone home, walking down to the Causeway and strolling past it along the bay is quite magical.

    If you are into all these media-adventure type places - there is a Game of Thrones rope bridge walk attraction just along the coast also.
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    Looks like itís going to be An existing trip for you then !!

    Why donít you take the opportunity to go South ?.

    Lots n Lots of Places to go & Things To See, & The rolling Hills give way to the occasional cluster of Houses clumped together before giving way to the countryside again!
    Wicklow mountains are a nice spot, Then carry on clockwise.

    You might even bump into ĎTrevskodaí Or ĎHen on the Nestí if you go inland a tad.
    Itís a Beautiful place & A cpl of Weeks just isnít enough when touring around.

    I agree with earlier comments ref The Giants Causway,,,,Forget it, Itís Cra Corp Disappointing !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debroos View Post
    At last it looks like we can set off for our Ireland trip.
    We usually end up in Kerry but are trying not to this year.
    We have been to Co. Down but nowhere else up norf so really looking forward to it.
    We will definitely do Giants Causeway and the glens.
    We are not too bothered about going all the way round the coast as we get plenty of that at home.
    Any tips on good inland destinations?
    We like, nice views, heritage and archaeology stuff, and are very keen on traditional Irish music.
    Any ideas gratefully received!

    Also like the idea of coming back from west to east along the border counties...any suggestions there also gratefully received...
    For an archaeological site with stunning views in Donegal, just over the border from Derry off the road to Buncrana, I would recommend Grianan of Ailach hillfort.

    And if you make it into Derry there are a few museums worth visiting; some focus on more recent history but the fully restored Tower museum is more to do with the longer history of the area (take a look on TripAdvisor for a full museum list), and the 17th Century City walls are worth a look.
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    I would recommend Grianan of Ailach hillfort.
    Indeed and excellent example of an Iron age fort - or at least it was until they decided to 'restore' it (the Irish really should learn to leave this stuff well alone - what they did at Newgrange was little short of vandalism)
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    Quote Originally Posted by malagaoth View Post
    Not a lot of 'stunning' archaeology in NI the Giants Ring just outside Belfast is fair, Beaghmore I suppose (but be warned it will be a disapointment) it sounds really impressive but some of the stones arent much bigger than concrete building block (they move if you stand on them).

    there is plenty of 'stuff' but most of it is in the south of NI around the border you would need to be a bit of a neolithic nerd to really appreciate most of it

    Carrowmore is definately worth a visit but its not in NI its in Sligo so not too far from Donegal
    I am a bit of a neolithic nerd!
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    Wow,
    Can't wait to get going now!
    That all sounds just great. I shall have to print it all out so we can make the best of it all.
    We have a vw camper so small roads aren't too bad...

    The reason I sounded like we wanted to stay north is that for several years now we have been to the southern half of the republic plus Connemara and Mayo so it seemed only right that we should visit the rest!

    I had actually saved Trevskoda's last reply about visiting the north as I thought he might be getting fed up with repeating himself!

    I think we will still try Giant's Causeway and take Delicagirl's advice and go in the evening...definitely not a fan of crowds. So glad we went to the Cloffs of Moher before it got commercialised and you could lie with your head hanging over the cliff!

    Thanks again all...😊
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    Quote Originally Posted by malagaoth View Post
    Indeed and excellent example of an Iron age fort - or at least it was until they decided to 'restore' it (the Irish really should learn to leave this stuff well alone - what they did at Newgrange was little short of vandalism)
    True but at least kids will be able to see it for the next eight thousand years if we are all still here.
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    I am a bit of a neolithic nerd!
    OK then!
    map references descriptions and some photos
    County Antrim - selected monuments
    County [London] Derry - selected monuments
    County Donegal - selected monuments
    knock yourself out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debroos View Post
    Wow,
    Can't wait to get going now!
    That all sounds just great. I shall have to print it all out so we can make the best of it all.
    We have a vw camper so small roads aren't too bad...

    The reason I sounded like we wanted to stay north is that for several years now we have been to the southern half of the republic plus Connemara and Mayo so it seemed only right that we should visit the rest!

    I had actually saved Trevskoda's last reply about visiting the north as I thought he might be getting fed up with repeating himself!

    I think we will still try Giant's Causeway and take Delicagirl's advice and go in the evening...definitely not a fan of crowds. So glad we went to the Cloffs of Moher before it got commercialised and you could lie with your head hanging over the cliff!

    Thanks again all...😊
    As long as thats all you hang over the edge things will be ok,forgot to say make sure you do the famine village at dough island,small shop in cardonagh town at petrol station before it to top up fridge and a nice cafe upstairs for i good fry up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debroos View Post
    I am a bit of a neolithic nerd!
    so am i !!! i also loved Port Magee Cliffs.... accessed via a farmers yard with good coastal cliff safety barriers, and wonderful sea cliffs... as good as Moher and MASSES cheaper....

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