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first trip to ireland

by /bio/sarahmarie »

Hi my sister and I are travelling to Ireland June 17 to July 2. We are looking for a hiking costal trip. Our initerary: Spend 2 days in Dublin one night in Newcastle one night in Pot rush One night in Londonderry one night in Sligo one night in Doolin 2-3 day hiking on the Dingle Coast 2 nights in Cork back to Dublin Is this itinerary doable? Any suggestions! Thanks sarah
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RE: first trip to ireland

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Sarah,

It certainlty is doable but rushed... the fact that you slow it down for Dingle and Cork is good but going from Dingle to Cork is a good distance and you're missing lots in between.  The same goes with the northern part, you're doing one day in each and touring between ... but missing so much.

You're not going to see it all and you most likely see this as a one-shot deal however we really recommend slowing it down.  Fly into Dublin and out of Shannon (or vice versa) and do the north or the south, taking it slower and really explore the route, enjoy the people!

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RE: first trip to ireland

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Sarah,

It certainlty is doable but rushed... the fact that you slow it down for Dingle and Cork is good but going from Dingle to Cork is a good distance and you're missing lots in between.  The same goes with the northern part, you're doing one day in each and touring between ... but missing so much.

You're not going to see it all and you most likely see this as a one-shot deal however we really recommend slowing it down.  Fly into Dublin and out of Shannon (or vice versa) and do the north or the south, taking it slower and really explore the route, enjoy the people!

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by /bio/sarahmarie »

Enchanting Ireland thank you for the feedback. I suspect this will not be our only trip to Ireland. There is so much to see. We will have to rethink our plans.
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RE: first trip to ireland

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Sarah,

Nice... so if you think this is just the beginning then definitely slow it down.  If airfare cooperates, consider starting in Shannon (easier to get out of the airport when driving on the left) and start your route there... end in Dublin and ditch the car for a few days to wind down.  If you do 2- to 3-night stops along your route, it tends to slow the pace a bit as you're not always in a rush to pack/unpack and find your next B&B... kind of like a "home" for a few days where you know where you're going and your stuff is already unpacked.

With those 2-3 night stops you have plenty of opportunity to sightsee but also get out and hike.  Dingle/Doolin are great for hiking but also Connemara, Donegal ... well, just about anywhere in Ireland you'll find trails to get outside.  It's very weather-dependent so while you might plan on doing it somehwere, the weather might not be great and you just want to hang out in town, shop, have lunch, etc... so those multiple opportunities to hike will likely happen at some point when the weather cooperates.

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RE: first trip to ireland

by /bio/sarahmarie »

Thank you for the feedback. The 2-3 day stops are probably a better idea. We would like to hike around the Mourne Mountains and do the great causeway and take in the caves in that area. Would it make sense to stay a few days in that area and where would be the best location to stay. We will be looking for B &B in that area. Thanks Sarah
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