Mickee321's Sunday drives thread


#21

Never been there tbh, I’m sure it’s a fine spot. Slieve Donard might be the pick of the attractions in that part of the world. It’s about 4 hours to the top and back down, it’s a tough enough walk but there’s a decent rough path. Walking boots would definitely be best but I’ve seen people in trainers
You start in Newcastle town car park.


#22

Tollymore forest park in the vicinity of Newcastle, co Down is an Amazing spot, Newcastle itself is a grand little town as well


#23

Never been tollymore either. All Newcastle is missing is a decent beach and a few less amusement arcades. Maybe a sea that isn’t radioactive would help a little also.


#24

Who gives a fuck ?


#25

Nobody gives a fuck about any of this shit,


#26

Agree.


#27

The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscaroll is a grand little spin for a few hours. It could do with a decent coffee shop and a playground but its free, safe for kids and there is wonderful views of the rolling N Cork countryside everywhere you look.


#28

What age are your kids @mickee321? And how are they for the long journeys. Our little fella is 3 and could kick off like a loon on a long journey.


#29

Climbed Slieve Gullion when I was a nipper, well, when I was 14.

From what I remember there’s a road that goes a considerable way up the mountain itself.

I climbed it from the bottom of the road and it’s easy peasy - it’s not far from the road to the summit.

Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Ulster and is a much tougher climb than Gullion but well doable. I climbed it from a place called Bloodybridge a few km south of Newcastle and descended into the car park at the edge of the town. The Mourne mountains are magnificent. Driving across from Newry to Newcastle you can either go through the Mournes themselves through Hilltown and Mayobridge or the coastal road through Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, which is a lovely spot, and Kilkeel, which to be fair, is a shithole. Silent Valley reservoir is another place well worth a visit if the weather is good. Castlewellan near Newcastle has a nice forest park with a lake, directly adjacent to the town - it’s regularly used for races on the Irish rowing scene.

Slieve Foye overlooking Carlingford town and lough is lower in altitude but in my experience a harder climb than Donard - I’ve climbed Foye twice.


#30

I told a fair few Fingallions about this, only 45 mins away but they were far too interested in Cricket, yachting and watching stick stick and bog ball…it’s the kids I feel sorry for.

Last year wasn’t outstanding though, it bucketed down, awful, got soaked.

Keep an eye for the High Nelly race in Trim and the Moynalvey Tractor Run, two great days.

There’s drive in Bingo this Sunday in Summerhill GAA, not my cup of tea though, oh and a circus this weekend out beside Lidl, could keep the lad entertained from 3pm on Sunday…I’ll see you in McCormacks for a refreshment at 5pm!


#31

4 and 1 Junhniallio
so for the longer ones like Achill and the belfast trip we stayed over
Achill was a big drive- from our place to westport is 3 hour 15 non stop so we just planned on getting first to longford which is one hour of shocking country roads to the Macdonalds there before driving on.
we stayed in the hotel westport and then on the saturday drove the leisurly one hour out to achill
usually on a weekend we’d try not to go over 1 hour really


#32

The way you put your wife and children first and plan these weekends in advance is inspiring. To do so at the expense of going to sporting events/on the piss yourself is a mark of your maturity and realisation of where your priorities lie.


#33

Unlike @Bandage that goes where he’s told.


#34

Your kids would love the aquarium at Portaferry, they can pet rays and dog fish, hold starfish and feed seals. Getting the Strangford ferry might be an adventure for them as well.
It’s a humble enough effort if you’ve been to a decent aquarium but my two have been twice and want to go back.