Discussion in 'Girlguiding Ulster' started by LittleMe88, Oct 7, 2013.
Anyone got any suggestions of a good place for a group of Guides to stay for a night in Dublin?
Portacabins at my work? Nightmare getting you all security passes though!!
Let me check - any specific areas / requirements? Transport links from outside the city are good, so you could easily be outwith the main city bounds and get in quick / cheap enough.
We're looking at going to Xplore14 at Castle Saunderson Scout Centre, Belturbet, Caven, Eire. The possibility is that we might want to travel from camp to dublin and stay the night before our flight home so somewhere with decent transport to the airport.
As an aside, how would you suggest is best to try to transport 15 girls from Dublin Airport to Castle Saunderson??
Here's a link to the National Bus Service Bus Eireann's timetable from Dublin Airport to Belturbet.
Keeping in mind you will then have to get to Castle Saunderson from there. Probably the easiest thing to do is hire a coach, we use a company called McDiarmuidas, if you google them you'll get their details - they are fairly reasonable. You could possibly look at flying into Belfast & hiring a coach or getting public transport from there - might be as easy.
Here's a link to a good quality City Centre hostel - Isaacs http://www.isaacs.ie/ - Now it is beside bus station so it's convenient but obviously that brings other elements to the area too. Dublin in a very compact city and very easy to get around on foot, Isaccs will put you on the right side of the city for the airport & transport links to Cavan.
Sorry I can't be of more help with your travel arrangements. keep in mind that while the main cities have great transport links options to the smaller regional towns are often limited on public transport.
Best of luck
Not sure if you'd consider a Premier Inn? I know what deal we get there with work for the one at the airport (Swords / Airside Park) and if you got something close to that, based on two sharing, and transport to airport of only 1 Euro pp instead of 6 or 7 one way into the city and again back out, and it's not far off the price of the hostel JD has mentioned above. If you don't want / need to be in city centre, then it's not a bad option. McDonalds and TGI Fridays within walking distance.
There is a Belfast flight, knowing where you're coming from - but road transport seems easier from Dublin (link above). Would hiring a minibus be an option? It's motorway pretty much all the way. Train probably not an option as you'd still have a bus journey from nearest station to town.
I live in Dublin so have 'insider information' - so to speak.
There isn't a guide/scout house in Dublin yet. The best options for staying in Dublin would be one of the hostels, of which there are many. Some of the nicer ones are:
Issacs Hostel: http://www.isaacs.ie/?gclid=CKLQhcOWo7sCFdE72wodinMAyw
Jacobs Inn: http://www.jacobsinn.com/
The Townhouse : http://www.townhouseofdublin.com/ (i have had friends who stayed here and its a lovely place - safe, clean and secure)
Kinlay House: http://www.kinlaydublin.ie/
Avalon House: http://www.avalon-house.ie/
All of these are in the city centre.
Avoid at all costs any of the Paddy's place hostels. They are very cheap but unfortunately you get what you pay for in regards to services and accomodation.
Transport from Dublin to Cavan town centre is not brilliant. There is one bus an hour from Dublin run by Bus Eireann and there are a few other private run bus operators that do the journey too. It is possible that there may be a few units staying in Dublin before/after the camp so maybe a jointly organised coach might be an option? I think there may also be a few Irish groups going to the camp that might be willing to share? (still trying to convince my girls that we want to go )
Hope this helps you all a lot, and have a wonderful time camping in Ireland
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