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mquartz

Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by mquartz »

We're planning a similar trip for September, 11 days around Ireland (Dublin to Dublin) not counting travel days in and out, and just had a houseguest who is an Ireland expert. All the targets you list are on the list of recommendations she left us with, so while I can't as yet speak from personal experience, I can tell you that you seem to be on the right track with your choices.

Now I hope someone else can be of more concrete assistance, I'll be reading this thread with interest myself.

Happy planning!

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Cmcginn

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by Cmcginn »

Hi everyone!    My Husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland in Mid-May and we will have a full 8 days in the country. It Is our first time travelling to Europe and we are very excited, but feeling a bit overwhelmed. If anyone can offer advice on our rough itinerary it would be greatly appreciated. I should mention we will be flying in and out of Dublin and we will be renting a car.    Day 1: Arrive at Dublin airport early Monday morning. Take Bus into Dublin and spend the day exploring the city. May take a hop on hop off bus tour. Spend the night in Dublin.   Day 2: Dublin. Maybe take a day trip via a bus tour. Spend the night in Dublin.   Day 3: Pick up car. Take a tour at Newgrange and then continue on to Galway. Spend the night in Galway.    Day 4: Spend the day exploring Galway. Spend the night in Galway.   Day 5: Head to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Unsure of where to stay this night as we want to head to County Kerry the next day. Suggestions would be awesome!!    Day 6: Head to either Killarney or Kenmare (recommendations please!) and spend the night there.    Day 7: Ring of Kerry. Ideally spend the night at the same location as day 6.    Day 8: Head back to Dublin and drop off car. (Is there anything we should see along the way back?)    Day 9: Early morning flight from Dublin airport   I realize this is a lot of driving and a short trip so I am very open to suggestions. Also, are there any "must see" attractions we are missing here. Thanks a lot!  
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San Diego

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by San Diego »

I think your ideas are generally good, Newgrange is slightly out of your way and I must admit I was underwhelmed by it but if you want to see a Neolithic tomb, and I am not one to stop you, this is probably the best. I must admit I cannot see the attraction of Stonehenge either but it doesn't stop thousands of others visiting!

The drive to Galway is around three hours, I would suggest a tour of Connemara on day 4 rather than the Burren, you could drive across the Burren, via the Cliffs of Moher if you like on your journey south to Killarney which to my mind has more to offer than Kenmare. To keep the journey as short as possible, you can take a ferry across the River Shannon to avoid having to drive via Limerick and that way you would just need accommodation in Dublin, Galway and Killarney. 

The Ring of Kerry is famous, not only for the views but also for the traffic jams. I enjoyed the route but then on that day I wasn't driving. Many suggest the Dingle peninsular as an alternative but I haven't tried that so cannot comment. There is plenty to occupy your time in Killarney, both in the centre of town and close by such as Muckross House. the Gap of Dunloe and the Lakes. 

Your journey back to Dublin from Killarney will be the longest of the tour and clearly will have to be taken the night before your flight home. You could of course stay in the centre of Dublin again but I would suggest one the coastal towns such as Howth or Malahide for your last night, lots of restaurants to chose from and a very short drive in the morning to return the car. 

 

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Tony2Phones

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by Tony2Phones »

Day 1 & 2 are fine.  There are only 2 tours I recomend from Dublin. Newgrange to the North and Glendalough/Wicklow to the South  If you do Newgrange you have a straight drive west to Galway without having to get up to Newgrange for the first come first served tickets that might have you stuck there till after lunch.

3, Galway generally Places like Belvedere House and Gardens, Lockes Distillery, more popular Clonmacnoise? 

4. Middle Day Galway tour the Connmeara lots of options.

5, down through west Clare for the Cliffs and Burren area sights.  Early enough start you might fit in an Inis Oirr and Cliffs Combi Cruise  spend the night in Ennis or Limerick or Adare

6 Killarney is the best base for the ring,  Start out about 9.30 counter clockwise so in front of the tour bus's that leave arround 10 am.  Take in the Skellig loop which doesn't get the tour bus's  If you have taken your time and ejoyed yourself you don't get to Molls gap and ladies view until after the tour bus's have been and gone.

7 Back to Dublin via the Rock of Cashel,  Rock of Dunamase, National stud and japanese Gardens?

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by Pauline Frommer »

Can I suggest you ditch the Ring of Kerry? It's only famous because the roads there are big enough for tour busses. Meaning if you drive it, you'll spend a lot of time in traffic jams. Might I suggest doing the Dingle Peninsula instead? Same type of beautiful drive without the overload of tourists, and with GREAT pubs (this is known as one of the best places in the country for traditional music sessions).

I hope that doesn't throw too much of a wrench in your plans (I don't think it will).

Have a wonderful trip (Ireland is lovely).

Best, Pauline

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Tony2Phones

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by Tony2Phones »

Don't know when you last went to Dingle Pauline but the place is overflowing with folk from everywhere except north Kerry.  

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by Pauline Frommer »

In Response to Re: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice:[QUOTE]

Don't know when you last went to Dingle Pauline but the place is overflowing with folk from everywhere except north Kerry.  


Posted by Tony2Phones[/QUOTE]


Not as overflowing as the Ring of Kerry! No traffic jams there with tour busses

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Tony2Phones

RE: Help! 8 day Itinerary advice

by Tony2Phones »

Not true and it will be worse this year with busines's already lining up Star Wars options.   The N (National)70 Ring of Kerry road manages with heavy traffic. The R (Rural) 559 Slea Head drive blocks fairly regularly with the 50 odd seater tour bus's claiming the full width of some sections.  

(Starting to remember why I stopped contributing on here).

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