Originally Posted by Rich L
Can anyone recommend an area of 'outstanding beauty' where there are plenty of walks and scenary?
Can't go far wrong in the west if you can cope with four seasons per day!
Agree with the Ring of Kerry (stunning),Dingle, the Burren area, Clare/Galway generally and Donegal can be magical. The Shannon is of interest as a major boating artery. Allow extra time if driving though as the roads can be 'long and winding' and the West can be a long haul (if you're stuck behind a tractor and trailer every now and then especially!). B& B accommodation has improved immeasurably of recent years and there's always a pub round the corner!
Other favourite places of ours include the incredible scenery of west Cork (have a look for Irish RIBnetters having a blast near the Old Head of Kinsale!).
Glendalough, Avoca, Wicklow generally, Blessington and those areas are favourites with hubby's family and are truly beautiful for walking not to mention accessible from Dublin.
If you're 'splashing out' on the Mrs., then there are some very fancy Spa Hotels (thalassotherapy and the like) in many beautiful coastal settings if you do a search.
If it's books and music you're after then Dublin is hard to beat with its writer's trails...walk near Anna Livia and the Martellos in the footsteps of James Joyce and a few other greats from the 'rare 'oul times'...
Oh there's loads more but have a brilliant time and look forward to the photos.