Author Topic: Help - which best maps for Killarney and south west Ireland?  (Read 125 times)

maiamaia

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I'm going to Burren & Killarney & Dingle in two weeks, and live in rural Wales near no bookshops with stock like i need. But if i buy every Xploreit Superwalker and OSI map for the area, i'll be spending about 100. I can't find any online clarity over what overlaps with what. Which maps are the best for walking in this area? Does the larger scale OSI Macgillycuddy's reeks Killarney map overlap with the Discovery 78 or 71? Thanks a lot, maia

Penygadair

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I had a similar problem last year when obtaining maps for Mayo and Galway. The description of the actual area covered by he Discovery maps on the Irish Os site is pretty vague so I ended up buying more than i needed. Having said that I'm not a fan of the Irish Discovery maps with their 1:50k scale. I think we are more used to the luxury of 1:25k maps in the UK.

I ordered mine from Dash4it and paid far less than had I ordered from Ireland. They may also be able to help you select the maps you actually need,


https://dash4it.co.uk/


maiamaia

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Wow, they're cheap. Thanks a lot. I decided to get the OSI adventurer for Killarney Pk etc because it's 1:25k over Superwalker's 1:30 and Harveys' stress on mountaineering detail suggested less interest in prehistoric monuments, which i know are accurate on OS maps. Wish i could see and compare to decide though.

I wish i could find a map of the Burren national park (actual park, not area). I have found TirEolas dotcom arty maps...

I currently have an OSI road atlas and a 1950s guide to prehistoric monuments

There seem to be a lot of walking 'apps' but i don't have a smartphone (no reception where i live = feels like a waste of a lot of money) and don't want to buy one ignorantly in a rush; i'm trying to find maps of the Green Ways of Burren or the Burren Way etc which are on paper...!

Penygadair

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Like you, no smartphone. What's an app?  As you said - this is North Wales!


I'm only responding here because I intended to do the Burren last year but it all went for a ball of chalk due to the weather. Briefly I had intended to drop down from Connemara on  Sunday see the Cliffs of Moher and do the red roue over Mullaghmore in the Burren on Monday morning before heading back to Dublin Port. I arrived at Moher too late so next morning was a toss up - the cliffs or the Burren.


The cliffs won - in pouring rain -  but I then headed for Corofin and the Burren visitor centre. Well worth a look. I drove up to Gortnaleck crossroads where the five trails start and drove below Mullaghmore for a few photos. Time ran out.


There is a free bus from Corofin to the trail heads. If you drive in the turn is at Killinaboy.


This info on the Burren Way may help Scroll down for downloadable maps.  http://www.irishtrails.ie/trail/Burren-Way/7/


There's also this link to the trails from Gortnaleck. Make what you can of the map http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/images/page_images/Walking_Trails/TrailsMap.jpg


If your main interest is Prehistory you could try ringing the VC in Corofin to see if they have any leaflets.


I shall be going back, gawd knows when, but I would love to walk over Mullaghmore. Next time I'll leave plenty of time for walking as well as enjoying Corofin.



henryb

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I could also recommend Jim Ryan's book; he goes into great detail on various routes up Carrauntoohil.
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maiamaia

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well i ended up buying a Burren map by Tim Robinson, a chap obsessed with Connemara etc, because it said it had all the Green Ways (traditional routes) and old tombs etc. I don't know if it will be good. Although it's but 13 new on amazon, delivery is 4 weeks! so got 2ndhand

Collins Press ireland do lots of books of walks, but with big overlap (dingle, dingle and beara, dingle and killarney etc) but no saying how many walks in each book, so can't compare... The website islandireland dotcom has an ace prehistoric websites list and one is extra special, megalithicirelandmap dot github dot io, with all the prehistoric sites. I  promise in the end to put up a comparison/review..