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Galway and Donegal or Dingle and ROK for 1st-time visitors

by /bio/globetrottermax »

Hi, fellow travelers! This is my first post, so I apologize if this has been answered before.

I'm taking my girlfriend and my family (we are ages 24-67) to Ireland for my 30th birthday. We'll land in Shannon and will have 6 full days and nights before heading to Dublin for the last 2 nights. I've been to Dublin and Howth, but that's the extent of my Irish travels. I have no idea when we will get the chance to come back to Ireland, and would love to explore either the northwest or County Kerry:

Option A: Dingle/ROK.

Friday: Land in Shannon, rent car, drive straight to Dingle. Have most of day there, relax.

Saturday: Explore Dingle town, leisure day.

Sunday: Leisurely drive around the Dingle Peninsula, final night in Dingle.

Monday: Drive from Dingle to Valentia Island.

Tuesday: Skellig Michael/2nd night on Valentia Island.

Wednesday: Drive 2nd half of ROK, spend time in Killarney National Park. Stay overnight in Killarney.

Thursday: Take early train to Dublin, arriving at 10 a.m.

Friday: Dublin

Saturday: Fly back to NYC


Option B: Galway/Donegal.


Friday: Land in Shannon, take public transit to Galway.

Saturday: Leisure day in Galway

Sunday: Ashford Castle in Cong/last night in Galway

Monday: Rent car, drive to Donegal Town. Have a relaxing afternoon/evening in Donegal Town.

Tuesday: Leisurely drive from Donegal Town to Sieve League and Glencolumbkille. Return to lodgings in Donegal Town.

Wednesday: Glenveagh National Park, drop off car in Sligo and stay overnight.

Thursday: Train to Dublin, have most of afternoon and all evening.

Friday: Dublin

Saturday: Return to NYC


Again, I don't know when we'd get to return. I want to see breathtaking landscapes and parks, and get in some light hiking. My girlfriend wants to see museums, castles and other cultural centers.  I don't see why we can't do both!  Given this info, which option would you recommend?

Thank you very, very much for any input!





RE: Galway and Donegal or Dingle and ROK for 1st-time visitors

by /bio/pauline-frommer »

I'm so sorry! I posted a reply and it disappeared. Will have to talk with the tech folks!

I won't be able to go into as much detail here, but I'd recommend Dingle. An area that has it all: great music sessions in the pubs (it's considered one of Ireland's best towns for music), fascinating ruins to explore, beautiful countryside). I wasn't that impressed with Galway, though the rest of the area in your second choice is lovely.