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Celebrating Husbands 40th bday in Ireland for 8 days

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Julzee,

So you're going with a pre-packaged tour then... the stops are already set and you just need to find out what to see and do along the way?  I highly recommend the Eyewitness Guide ... pull up the towns that you'll be staying and traveling through and you can pick-and-choose what interests you.

Because your itinerary is set, this is likely your best bet.  Asking in general, you might get some people telling you that you "must" see something that isn't necessarily on your path -- and if you try to do it, you're missing other stuff.  And more importantly, making it a relaxing itinerary so you and ENJOY the trip.

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RE: Celebrating Husbands 40th bday in Ireland for 8 days

by /bio/julzee »

I have the 2015 Frommer's book.  Is the EyeWitness guide a different book? 

It's all  a little overwhelming as I really know nothing about Ireland.Which is why I chose the prepackaged tour so where we would sleep was one less thing to worry about.

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RE: Celebrating Husbands 40th bday in Ireland for 8 days

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Julzee,

Eyewitness Guide is different ... I like it because it has lots of photos and while I can read, the photos typically grab interest first and then I dive into the details from there.  It's well constructed so if it gets wet, my book survives... and includes maps.  For some reason it is the first tour book I buy for any new destination.

Please don't take this the wrong way -- but you have to have some idea why you chose Ireland for your vacation, no?  It is overwhelming which is one reason we're here to help but you have the package laid out for you -- that is the part that people have the most problem with.  That's done... just fill in the time between.

You have two days in Kerry -- Killarney I'm assuming?  Do a day trip... most people will head toward Ring of Kerry but I send my clients to Ring of Beara instead because it's less traveled, smaller roads  so no buses (though last time we saw some road-widening!) and just pristine beauty.  You'll find that when you're looking into that region in your book and can easily see it on your map.

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RE: Celebrating Husbands 40th bday in Ireland for 8 days

by /bio/julzee »

No worries.  I definitely don't take it the wrong way.  It's overwhelming because even though Ireland is a small country there is so much to see.  Trying to figure out what makes the top of the list and what's close to where we are staying is what's hard.

Looks like the following cities is where we will be:

Dublin

Blarney

Killarney for 2 days  We will definitley look into the Ring of Beara.

Fergus

Galway for 2 days

Navan

Are there any Waterfalls that can't be missed.  Any cities between those that are listed that are must sees on the drive to the next destination?

 

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RE: Celebrating Husbands 40th bday in Ireland for 8 days

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Ha, this is where we get into murky waters because I'd have you do a little different itinerary.  I'd start you in Shannon because it's a better airport (IMO) to navigate and then get a car rental and start driving.  I typically send folks to Doolin for some R&R (jet-lag), Cliffs of Moher ... and traditional pub music.  From there it's up to Galway or down to Dingle, a town similar to Doolin... then Kenmare... Kinsale (County Cork)... and up to Dublin.  These towns are pretty spectactular and can be a bit touristy ... but less than Killarney, Cork or Galway.

So, you can do a day trip from Killarney to Dingle as well.  You can visit Kinsale on your way to Blarney.  You can hit Cliffs of Moher traveling Killarney to Galway.  There's so much to do in that region it really warrants a good 2-3 days.

 

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RE: Celebrating Husbands 40th bday in Ireland for 8 days

by /bio/julzee »

So we've never been to Ireland but this is THE place I've always wanted to go.  And yes my husband thinks it great too !! smiley

So planning a self driving tour through Ireland April 10 thru April 18.  However, the 18th is checkout day and we won't be able to do much other than breakfast.

I've no idea where to start other than the touring company that I'm using has set up a itinerary of towns where we will stay each night.  Our accomodations will be prebooked.  So I know the towns/county we will be driving to but other than that I'm clueless.  We are into photography so sightseeing, castles, cliffs of Moher are a must.  We want to experience Ireland but not the touristy Ireland

Day 1:   We arrive at 9:30 am in Dublin. spend the day there

Day 2:  We drive to Cork

Day 3: We drive to Kerry

Day 4: stay again at Kerry

Day 5: Drive to Clare where we will stay at Dromoland Castle

Day 6: drive to Galway City

Day 7: Stay another night at Galway City

Day 8: Drive to Meath

Day 9: drive to dublin to catch our flight at 11:30.

Please Help!!

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