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Ireland 2018 - West Coast & Macgillycuddy's Reeks
Thanks for all the general interest in a visit to the Emerald Isle, this is one of three events where you can confirm your actual participation. We will organise the walks but individuals need to make their own arrangements for accommodation and transport. There are three parts of Ireland we intend to visit and participants can visit only one or all three with us, it won't affect the overall plan Mountains of Mourne 13th - 16th July 2018 Big walk Saturday and Sunday in a beautiful walking area that includes Slieve Donard, the highest hill in Northern Ireland. 13th expected to be the day of travel for most taking part premably with car via the Holyhead - Dublin ferry which is the quickest although there are many other routes and some may prefer a hire car shared amongst a few people. Nearest accommodation centres are Newcastle to the North and Kilkeel to the South though we are also holding a few beds at the Mourne Lodge which is more central to the walking area. We will likely check out Monday or very early Tuesday to make the drive to the Giants Causeway area for a couple of days of coastal walks. These don't need to be guided so everyone can explore in their own time with a combination of walking and sightseeing to suit themselves. Giants Causeway 17th / 18th July 2018 It takes about 2 days to walk the whole of this interesting piece of coast but some may want to do less walking and more exploring. Accommodation can realistically be anywhere between Ballycastle and Portstewart which are only 40 mins apart and maybe Bushmills is ideal. Loads of options on booking.com and airbnb.com from hostel bed to cottage. Travelling the West Coast 19th / 20th July 2018 It's a long drive to the South West of Ireland and you don't want to miss out on enjoyment of the amazing Atlantic coastline you need to plan your travel accordingly. Sligo early on and Galway further down the coast make excellent stopping points but more for appreciation than walking . We have no plans for any organised walking in these areas. Macgillycuddy's Reeks area Including Carrauntoohil 20th - 22nd July 2018 Possible walk Friday but big walk Saturday (possible Carrauntoohil horseshoe) and Sunday and Monday too if wanted. Return ferry to Holyhead or to South Wales (Pembroke/Fishguard) Most logical accommodation is the Irish YHA Black Valley Hostel but also lots if Airbnb and Booking.com available. In order to help cover our incidental group costs in putting this programme together we are charging just £10 registration for each if the two "events" we have now published on the Meetup site, effectively one for Northern Ireland and one for the Republic of Ireland. We are supporting this event regardless of minimum numbers so why not join us.

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All our day walks should be easily accessible for Manchester, Sheffield, East Midlands, West Midlands, West Yorkshire and many with good rail links even from London and the South.

We now also offer many low budget weekends away which get great feedback and often fill super fast. We hope you'll join in with these as well.

Unlike some other Meetup walking groups we make no charge for attending our day walks but charge just £12 annually for being a member of the group to cover our Meetup fees, Civil Liability Insurance which we feel is a must and other expenses. YOU MUST PAY THIS TO TAKE PART BUT ARE NOT FORCED TO DO SO UNTIL EITHER YOUR THIRD WALK WITH US OR IF MORE THAN 3 MONTHS HAS ELAPSED AFTER YOUR JOINING DATE AND YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TAKING PART.

Payments are held by Peak Activities and Leisure Limited a company registered in the UK and funds dispensed as required ensuring complete transparency of any financial dealings. No-one takes any income for leading walks for the group although certain group and personal expenses are paid out.

If you have joined today or have done so recently and haven't yet paid your first annual membership dues of £12 you can do so directly in the old Desktop version of Meetup by clicking the link in the Membership dues box on the left of our home screen. On the new Desktop version click the Members link to get access to this.

This option is not visible on the mobile or tablet versions but you can use the link following to achieve the same result. You do not need a Paypal account to make this link work just select "Pay with debit or credit card" if not.

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There is also an option to take out Life Membership for a one off payment of £35 which means no further subscription payments as long as you continue to participate in a minimum of 2 walks per annum.

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Alternately you can click one of the links below which create a REDUCED recurring subscription of £10 per annum to the group which can be cancelled at any time. This is in fact how most members manage their membership subscription to the group.

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If you don't want to make this small contribution to our essential operating costs then regrettably you can't continue to be a member of our group beyond your initial 2 walk/3 month trial period.

There are lots of walking dates to choose from so come and join the fun very soon.

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Gordon Conway

Co-Organiser & Founder

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