Holiday suggestions required - inc. the dog

Discussion in 'Holidays and Travel' started by pubrunner, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Member

    Hi All,

    The missus and I are looking to go away in the Summer . . . . . . . we'll be bringing our son (14) and our Ridgeback dog. For the past 4 years, we've been up to Northumberland and it has ticked all the boxes - great beaches where dogs are allowed and not too congested with either traffic or other holidaymakers. I'd be happy to go back there again, but SWMBO would like a change and go somewhere else.

    Can you suggest anywhere suitable ?
     
  2. classic33

    classic33 Senior Member

    Ireland.
     
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  3. OP
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    pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Member

    We've thought about that - though we are not certain about how the dog might cope on the ferry.

    Southern or Northern Ireland ?
     
  4. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    Pembrokeshire. The coast is stunning, lots to do and see. Great places to cycle or walk. Or the Brecons. Another excellent place to cycle, and places to see.
     
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  5. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Scotland or more particularly the Western Isles.

    Harris is my personal favourite and being conjoined with Lewis there's plenty to explore without being messed up by needing ferries. The Uists and Benbecula have plenty to see too and are joined by causeways.

    Barra, OTOH, for all its charms, may be a bit limiting for more than a few days.
     
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  6. classic33

    classic33 Senior Member

    A little over two hours on the fast ferries from Holyhead.
    Depends on how far out the way that is for you. There's always the ferries from Scotland to Northern Ireland, if they're easier access.
     
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  7. OP
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    pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Member

    I'd like to have a go at that ^^^, if I can regain a decent level of fitness - https://westhighlandwayrace.org/

    This year's event would be too soon for me, but perhaps next year . . .
     
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    pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Member

    I've not been to Dublin, for over 40 years - I lived in N. Ireland for a few years and my younger brother was born there; however, most of our holidays were taken in places such as Galway.

    Of course, an added attraction - for me, at any rate, is that I love the music of Ireland - when we had the pub, we were fortunate enough to have the likes of Paddy Glackin, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Dermot Byrne, Noel Hill, Andy Irvine (and many others) come and play for us. In fact, Andy Irvine is playing in the locality this month. In the case of every musician, I've kept a signed poster from each event - worthless to anyone else, but they mean a lot to me, as they are a memento of some great evenings.

    Of course, apart from being very entertaining in a musical sense, the lyrics are important, as they almost always tell of struggles and protest - they provide a strong reminder of national identity. This is music in it's purest sense - there's no need for electrical 'improvisation' - just skilful playing by fine musicians - what's not to like ?

     
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  9. classic33

    classic33 Senior Member

    Oyster Festival in September
    http://galwayoysterfestival.com/index.php/festival-programme/
     
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  10. OP
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    pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Member

    It might not be what everyone would like to do, but this ^^^ sounds just my kind of thing. Last year, we were in Northumberland - which was brilliant; the year before that, we were in Northumberland and the same year, I also went to Shetland with my sons (leaving missus & dog at home). I love Shetland very much [my family is from there], however, my missus (Di) won't go there, as she would not have our dog in a kennel on the ferry for 14 hours - both my missus and the dog would be very stressed out by this.

    Shetland is not viable option for the entire family and whilst we love Northumberland - which has really great quiet beaches, Di has suggested that we go somewhere else. My great fear, is that she chooses somewhere like Cornwall - a lovely region, but too many people for my liking, and besides which, her obnoxious ("look at me, I earn a fortune") brother lives there.

    I'm probably not alone, in that I've had quite a few holidays in which I've done the same thing - year after year; this is all very well, but doing something such as the West Highland Way, would be a 'stand out' holiday - something that we'd always remember. @Highlander 's suggestion is brilliant and I'm going to look into it very seriously; I think that it would have the makings of a very interesting and memorable holiday.
     
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    pubrunner

    pubrunner Active Member

    Ha ! I've quite a few relations in Scalloway and I know it very well - my grandfather was born there.

    I'm sorry to say, that I've never been to any of the UHU Fire Festivals in Shetland - and I feel rather guilty about it. Trouble is though, virtually all these festivals take place in January or February and since I've a school-age son, I'm pretty much limited to taking my holidays in term term. I've seriously wondered, if I could get permission from his school, on the basis that going to a 'Viking' festival might have some 'educational' value - which it might, but not in the way his teachers might approve.

    I took both my lads (age 14 & 22) up to Shetland in 2016; I was slightly concerned, that they'd be very bored and that I'd be subjected to more than a few 'Kevin' moments; however, they loved it there - they saw killer whales, puffins and seals. I took the older lad (who is great fan of Rap music) to the Lounge Bar in Lerwick and we both had a great night - he was tapping his feet to the music just like everyone else. For both of them, it was a real eye-opener; we had 10 days of limited WiFi and iPhone usage and they didn't seem to mind at all. I did the Unst Half marathon and they got to do some of it themselves.

    I can't wait to go up there again . . .perhaps, this Summer . . .

    Ha Ha ! This ^^^ brilliantly describes what it would be like at a Shetland Fire Festival - utterly surreal . . . . . . . can't wait to go to one !
     
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