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During my SOTA's in Wales & Ireland I stay locally in Bed & Breakfast accommodation.  The following stood out from the rest:




Oakfield B&B

1 Oakfield Terrace

Varteg Road


Torfaen NP4 9DS

Wales, U.K.


Phone (01495) 792 829


Paul is a charming host and source of local knowledge.  The Big Pit museum and the Blaenavon Ironworks (World Heritage Sites) are very nearby.  Beautifully decorated throughout, a spacious room and a shower that works, really all you need after a day's hillwalking.



GW/SW-012 Coity Mountain

In fact Blaenavon is to the NE of Coity; from the top you can hear the museum's steam whistle!



GW/SW-014 Mynydd Carn-y-Cefn

The "next" hill top west from Coity, only 1 valley in between.


In the area:

GW/SW-013 Tor y Foel

GW/SW-016 Ysgyrd Fawr

GW/SW-023 Allt yr Esgair

GW/SW-026 Bryn Arw







Templemore B&B

Featherbed Lane


Co. Tipperary



Phone: (0504) 56 821


Conor and Geraldine are very welcoming hosts.  Pleasant stay, quiet spot, off-road parking, only minutes from the town centre for a pub meal.  Garden (lawn) to erect your antenna for those evening QSO's and free WiFi to send your logs!



EI/IE-024 Devilsbit Mountain

EI/IE-026 Ballinveny Hill

EI/IE-033 Knockanora



EI/IE-009 Keeper Hill

EI/IE-016 Mauherslieve

EI/IE-023 Silvermine Mountain

EI/IE-025 Cooneen Hill

EI/IE-027 Cullaun

EI/IE-030 Knockastanna

EI/IE-031 Foildarg Hill

EI/IE-032 Knockbane

EI/IE-036 Knockalough

EI/IE-041 Ballincurra Hill


So really plenty of choice to stay for a few days!



An Charra Bheag

Bayview B&B

Tir an Fhia

Leitir Moir

Co. na Gaillimhe


Phone: (091) 551757


I warmly recommend this B&B on Gorumna Island (linked by a set of stone bridges) in the Gaeltacht area of south Connemara.  This modern and tastefully decorated B&B is in a quiet, remote spot and comes with lovely views over the bay. 


Accommodation is in spacious rooms with comfortable beds, digital TV and fast WiFi.  A hearty welcome from Sinead and Paraic awaits you!  Breakfast is cooked to order and evening meals are upon request (off season local pubs don't serve food).


An ideal place to tour the south Connemara hills and mountains;  the scenic drive comes for free!






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