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Independent Walkers Guide To Ireland [Paperback]

Frank Booth
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Dec 31 1990 Independent Walker
See Ireland's gardens and castles, sea cliffs and old villages, meandering rivers and a Dublin most tourists never find with this exciting and user-friendly guide to the unique and wonderful island nation. It allows the visitor to explore Ireland as a walker, and truly see its captivating landscape through the back door. Photos, maps.

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Phelan, a native of County Waterford in Ireland and an accomplished sailor, has written a narrative guide to sailing the Irish coast. His tale is sprinkled with stories of the rich history of the coast as well as sailing lore. An extensive bibliography gives the reader sources for historical and nautical data. Phelan's book is geared to the sailor, though, and should not be mistaken for a travel guide. Booth here adds his fourth title to the Independent Walker's Guides produced by Interlink Books (The Independent Walker's Guide to Great Britain, LJ 1/97). An avid walker, he brings to the series his knowledge of traveling off the beaten track. In clear language, Booth offers the option of avoiding the DROPs (Dreaded Other People) and following the road less traveled. This guide offers 35 separate walks Booth has personally taken, none of them over ten miles in length and with varying degrees of difficulty. He gives exact directions for each, making it impossible to get lost. Readers can choose from several different thematic walks or build a tour using Booth's choices. This is a useful little guide for those in search of an Ireland the regular tourist does not see. Both books are suitable for public and academic libraries.ASandra Knowles, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow Guide for Irish Walks Sept. 8 2000
Format:Paperback
While visiting Ireland for a week my Dad and I enjoyed two of the walks described in the book. Walk 16 from Spa to Tralee winded next to a quiet stretch of ocean and canal. While following the trail through farmers's fields spotted cows slowly blinked at our presence. We viewed horseback riders, the Blennerville windmill, and wild flowers during our trek. It was an up close view of the beautiful green Irish countryside. We also enjoyed walk 14 on Inishmore (one of the Aran Islands). The book gave helpful advice on using local transportation to travel to the starting point of the walk. Starting at the mighty fortress Dun Aonghasa we marveled at the sheer cliffs protecting the fortress. The view was incredible. Leave extra time for listening to the crashing ocean waves and exploring the rocky walls. On the return walk the ocean view was captivating. We saw a local farmer repairing a stone wall by hand. This walk allowed us to enjoy a unique part of Ireland firsthand. The 35 walks listed in the book were from 2 to 9 miles in length and descriptions of elevation and estimated walking time were included. Public transportation information was provided where available which we found helpful since we did not have a rented car. Using this book we were able to enjoy recommeded sites, but also get off the beaten path to see the real Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk and don't get lost! Feb. 20 2001
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Format:Paperback
Planning a walking trip sight unseen is always an act of faith. This well-written guide makes it easier to discover Ireland off the beaten path and be confident that you are setting off on walks that you can handle, that you know what to expect along the way, and can judge ahead of time whether to take one walk versus another. Booth includes information on where to find food and water as well as toilet facilities. I looked at three walking guides for an upcoming trip to Ireland, and this is the only one I am taking with me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow Guide for Irish Walks Sept. 8 2000
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While visiting Ireland for a week my Dad and I enjoyed two of the walks described in the book. Walk 16 from Spa to Tralee winded next to a quiet stretch of ocean and canal. While following the trail through farmers's fields spotted cows slowly blinked at our presence. We viewed horseback riders, the Blennerville windmill, and wild flowers during our trek. It was an up close view of the beautiful green Irish countryside. We also enjoyed walk 14 on Inishmore (one of the Aran Islands). The book gave helpful advice on using local transportation to travel to the starting point of the walk. Starting at the mighty fortress Dun Aonghasa we marveled at the sheer cliffs protecting the fortress. The view was incredible. Leave extra time for listening to the crashing ocean waves and exploring the rocky walls. On the return walk the ocean view was captivating. We saw a local farmer repairing a stone wall by hand. This walk allowed us to enjoy a unique part of Ireland firsthand. The 35 walks listed in the book were from 2 to 9 miles in length and descriptions of elevation and estimated walking time were included. Public transportation information was provided where available which we found helpful since we did not have a rented car. Using this book we were able to enjoy recommeded sites, but also get off the beaten path to see the real Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk and don't get lost! Feb. 20 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Planning a walking trip sight unseen is always an act of faith. This well-written guide makes it easier to discover Ireland off the beaten path and be confident that you are setting off on walks that you can handle, that you know what to expect along the way, and can judge ahead of time whether to take one walk versus another. Booth includes information on where to find food and water as well as toilet facilities. I looked at three walking guides for an upcoming trip to Ireland, and this is the only one I am taking with me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what you're getting May 29 2007
By Derick Moken - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The walks that I did in this book proved the book to be useful, but do understand what the book provides. The 35 walks cover all of Ireland. So, if you're touring Ireland for, say, 2 weeks, only a small number will be in the area your area -- unless you're one of those tourists who hits all the high points in the four corners of the island. (I spent just under 2 weeks on County Kerry and Clare.) The guide is designed for those without a car. It provides information on public transportation to get get back to your starting point. Personally, I would have liked more "loop" walks. Again, know what you're getting.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected May 15 2007
By Mary P. Cusack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think it's bad when I have to get another map out to figure out where this walk is in relationship to the area. You may or may not get the actual length of the walk. Often, the author uses estimated time. I was also looking for some of the longer walks like Dublin to Wicklow. If I could, I would return this book.
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