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Lonely Planet Ireland (Travel Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2014

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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742207499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742207490
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John L Murphy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2014
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When spot-checking Irish guidebooks, I consult a few places, large and small, that I know well. I want to see if the details jibe with my own knowledge, and how detailed the data are for a small country with such a range of choices on where to stay, what to see, and what to do.

Smaller places, such as Glencolmcille in Donegal, are slightly out of date as to a few details, but overall, as this is Mar. 2014 copyright, it seems reliable. Cushendall in Antrim proved to have more coverage than I'd expected, a good sign, with a hostel, a note about a pub's kitchen's erratic hours, and a historical context via Thackeray. A tourist attraction such as the tidy-town of Adare in Limerick covered its sights and eateries efficiently, and the nearby city has a map easy to navigate and a respectable tally of the region's highlights separately mapped.

This pattern, of a main city or market town, surrounding villages, and a county (or few) with their best sights arrayed, is followed from Dublin, south to Waterford, over to Cork, up past Kerry to Clare and Limerick, then to Galway, Mayo, Donegal, over to Derry and Belfast and that province, and then into the Midlands. A handsome presentation of the Aran Islands and Brú na Bóinne, for instance, enhance these sections.

Photos, where to eat and sleep, how to get where (driving is expected as a pre-requisite; the maps are detailed enough for the main sights, but any traveler to Ireland knows that side roads and odd junctions abound to tempt or bewilder the unwary trusting in only a guidebook). The trad and top ten rock music playlists, and the reading lists, revealed some surprising choices, showing insight from contributors.
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I used this guide to plan my recent trip, and I have to say it didn't quite meet the standards set by other LP guides that I've used. In every city/region that I visited (Dublin, Belfast, Killarney, Dingle, Galway, and Inishmore) I encountered inaccuracies. Some were just bad info- i.e. recommendations for pubs to eat at that don't actually serve food- others were just flat out incorrect- i.e. the address was wrong. I also stayed at "Top Choice" Recommendations, and I was sorely disappointed in many cases. It didn't ruin my trip, but it's definitely going to make me think twice about buying another LP guide.
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The world of travel guides is dominated by two giants: classic, illustrated in color, very detailed Baedeker (since 1839), and more exclusive, profusely illustrated in color, detailed Eyewitness Travel Guides. The new improved Lonely Planet is almost like Baedeker, but Baedeker is better published and handier, has clearer layout and better maps, and its plastic wallet cover holds the guide and map protected in all weather.

The content of approx. 63 pages of the book is shown by the Amazon.com's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the LP basic series including this ISBN 1742207499 Ireland has covers laminated only outside, its text is detailed comparably to the Eyewitness, however not as profusely illustrated and mostly only in 4 colors: black, blue, red, and beige, except a few dozens of pages with photos in full color printed on low quality paper.

Though the LP Discover series is in full color, it is less detailed than this improved LP basic series, has fewer illustrations than, and is not as good as, Eyewitness, which is 1 inch longer and thus less handy, but has the excellent flexible vinyl bindings, greater number of details, superior layout, graphics, clarity, and - in general - the quality of being a souvenir\memento.
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If you are among those that wonder if the Lonely Planet travel books are as good as some of those other ones you purchased in the past, rest assured these are up to date and very good travel books. This particular travel book on Ireland comes with a pull out travel map of Dublin. There are many city and area maps contained throughout the book. In addition there are many color photos, which will give you a good indicator if that is the place you want to visit.

The travel book is broken down into section dealing with specific counties, which makes it much easier to do your research and gather information about a particular section of the country. At the beginning of the book there is a “Top 21” section for those places that would be interesting to visit. There are neat sections dealing with such articles as “Itineraries”, “The Great Outdoors”, “Eat & Drink Like A Local”, “Regions At a Glance” and many more.

Then there are specific sections about areas such as County Cork. Want to know about a good place to eat, well the listing shows this as well as best places to stay. No book is perfect or that comprehensive, however this should give you a quick start and with the help of the internet you should be able to come up with a great itinerary for your travels.

The travel book contains more than 735 pages with much of it well written and up to date. The index is 10 pages on thus you should be babel to find about any subject that is on your mind. A great book at a fair price.
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