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    Ireland

    I am planning a 1 month bike trip in August / September. Probably arriving in Rosslare and then cycling around the country with probably a hike in the mountains somewhere, maybe south west or Connemara.

    Do you think I should take my hammock or just stick with a tent?

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    Just spent three weeks touring North & South last September. As much as it pains me to say it ... take a tent ... & a very good rain suit. Forested areas are few & far between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeeWayKeno View Post
    Just spent three weeks touring North & South last September. As much as it pains me to say it ... take a tent ... & a very good rain suit. Forested areas are few & far between.

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    Thanks, that was my first guess...

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    My recollection of Ireland is vast expanses of fields broken up by rock walls, and nary a tree in sight. Maybe a light weight stand like a Handy Hammock or Noground Hammock poles wouldn't take up too much room on the bike?
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    Definitely take a tent. There were a few places I camped that had trees but not always great configurations, lots of bushes around. Most campsites are more open field like areas. Especially if going along the shore. Nice hiking in Connemara National Park. Kylemore Abby worth going to not far from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tollermama View Post
    Definitely take a tent. There were a few places I camped that had trees but not always great configurations, lots of bushes around. Most campsites are more open field like areas. Especially if going along the shore. Nice hiking in Connemara National Park. Kylemore Abby worth going to not far from there.
    Great, I'm looking forward to it! Any other worth touring site recommendation welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    My recollection of Ireland is vast expanses of fields broken up by rock walls, and nary a tree in sight. Maybe a light weight stand like a Handy Hammock or Noground Hammock poles wouldn't take up too much room on the bike?
    This setup is definitely interesting. I wonder if it would sustain the winds of Ireland, though.
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    A Handy Hammock stand might work in Ireland. I don't think the wind will be a problem; rocky ground (or pebbles in the ground) has been my biggest problem with the HH stand. Also, it's a PITA to set up, and I'm not sure how well it works with longer hammocks. If I were to do this trip, I'd probably grumble a lot but take a tent.

    Where are you planning to go? I have lived in Ireland for a couple of years and traveled all over the island. That's why I would be too scared to cycle there The roads are narrow and the drivers drive like the devil. I switched to hill-walking after a couple of cycle tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hutzelbein View Post
    A Handy Hammock stand might work in Ireland. I don't think the wind will be a problem; rocky ground (or pebbles in the ground) has been my biggest problem with the HH stand. Also, it's a PITA to set up, and I'm not sure how well it works with longer hammocks. If I were to do this trip, I'd probably grumble a lot but take a tent.

    Where are you planning to go? I have lived in Ireland for a couple of years and traveled all over the island. That's why I would be too scared to cycle there The roads are narrow and the drivers drive like the devil. I switched to hill-walking after a couple of cycle tours.
    My plan is actually limited to what's in my first post at the moment. I have no experience of the island, I just saw there are very few inhabitants there, so I didn't expect it would be dangerous to cycle ! Any advice or recommendation is welcome.

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    I am from bushmills n.ireland originally ,(Canada now ) right up on the north coast ,not a lot of trees around I am afraid,most forest areas are either national trust ,or private estates ( lord and ladies ) ,but if you do find a smaller farm with trees you ,if you are courteous and ask the farmer ,9/outa 10 times they would probably let you hang /pitch you r gear on there land ,but more so away from the tourist area's, i used to go down to southern Ireland to fish quite a lot on my motor bike and tent gear,and that,s what I did ,and that was back in the day when the troubles when in there prime ,being from the north I thought I would of had a hard time but they are super nice people, if it was me I would probably take a small backpacking tent than a hammock ,much better chance of getting In somewhere. p.s. be very careful on the roads ,some are not much wider than a country lane ,I know you will have a fantastic time
    always use tree straps please

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