The meet at Whit next year (May 27th – June 3rd 2017) is in Donegal, organised by Maria Goggin. Here is some more information from her to help with planning.
Resources to help you plan your holiday:
Climbing – Check out http://www.climbing.ie for a full route database – it’s done by counties of Ireland so go to County Donegal for a full list of crags and routes. Better still go to www.uniqueascent.ie where there are loads of really good downloads, not of all the crags but certainly enough info to keep you happy for as long as you are there. Richard and I have not done loads there but we did enough to make us want to spend longer exploring. We had taster sessions of sea cliffs and mountain crags and even did some new route recc’ying! You could also check out Europe’s highest sea cliffs (according to some!) Sliabh League.
More Atlantic Adventure
The Wild Atlantic Way http://www.wildatlanticway.com/home is one of the most useful websites for general info, with everything from pub to historic sights, but is also a good start point for cycle and walking routes.
Walking – There’s also walking on Donegal’s highest mountain Errigal and loads of other spots. http://www.letswalkdonegal.com/route-maps/ provides some online info, some of which are pretty short or try http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/what-is-available/walking-and-hiking/destinations/republic-of-ireland/donegal/
Cycling – For cycling inspiration check out this website http://cycleireland.ie/ – ideas for all parts of Ireland and you can download the app onto your phone. See also Wild Atlantic Way. For mountain biking have a look at these http://www.trailbadger.com/search/region/Donegal
As a rule of thumb you’ll find there are less guidebooks but more online info – so get googling for more information.
Getting There & Around
As you’ll really need a car to get around the options are fly and hire a car or take the ferry or arrange to hook up with others with cars once you’re there.
Ferries are not as cheap as those to France to you may want to pool your resources – but there isn’t as far to drive versus driving to Skye etc. so factor that into your costings. Irish ferries sail from Holyhead to Dublin and it’s a few hours drive from there. http://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/to-ireland-from-britain/. Expect to pay about £100 each way for car and 2 people but they often do mid week fares of £79 for those of you staying a bit longer than the Meet week.
Stena Line also do the Holyhead Dublin routes for similar prices but also go from Cairnryan in Scottish borders into Belfast. Another interesting option to consider is Liverpool to Belfast, longer on the ferry but minimal driving (and less fuel) either side: http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ireland Stena are currently offering 20% (expires Oct 16th) off so if you know you are going, book now.
There is also a Sail Rail option with one ticket covering the ferry and train which might be a good option if you’re carless. You’ll then need to be super nice to those with cars as you’ll need transport once there. Stena Line have info on their site.
Accommodation (Costs in EUROS)
We are staying in Dunfanaghy – http://www.dunfanaghy.info. Not everything is on your doorstep so much like Scotland you’ll need to travel out to your chosen venue day to day.
Our accommodation will be in Corcreggan Mill (www.corcreggan.com) which has it all… space for campers and campervans, a refurbished boat or railway carriage for hostel type accommodation, even glamping if you’re in to that kinda thing! And yes, you can also walk to a pub!
Much of the accommodation includes breakfast, he only deducts 2.5 euros if you don’t have breakfast so I’ve left it in these prices. You get 10% off for 3 night booking or 7 nights for the price of 6 so you can work out costs based on your choice of accommodation. Richard and I have stayed here and the lounge and kitchen are really nice and you get a decent (free) shower.
- Campervans containing up to 3 people (2 kids = 1 adult) €25 with electricity, €20 without.
- Camping – €12 per person per night
The above includes use of the shared facilities.
- 3 x 4 bed bunk rooms in railway carriage €85 for 4 people inc breakfast
- Glamping (electricity, bedding etc provided) €75 for 2 and €85 for 4 inc breakfast
- Double room in Carriage , €75 inc breakfast
- B&B en-suite in main house or Trawler €85
I’ve reserved all the 12 bunkhouse beds available so contact me to reserve one. Everything else you can book online yourselves but let me know so I can track numbers. Prices will be going up for next year but you can book online now (for anything outside the bunk rooms) in order to secure this year’s price. Please state you are Mynydd and put a note in the comments section to get your 7 for 6 as it can’t automatically do this and Brendan will sort it!
I did ask him if I could co-ordinate the bookings as I’m not sure he’s really thought this through but he said he’d prefer to get people to book online. The system is a little basic (possibly confusing) so I’d suggest you phone before or after booking to confirm details.