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silver david

Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by silver david »

My wife and i are considering a 2 week visit to ireland. Is there a tour that will allow to see the country side with out having to rush from one sight to another?
Bus tours tend to have tight schedules. Car rental is an option but not to happy about driving on the left. Also interested in unusual places to stay. Any castle hotels?

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RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by /bio/pbsxx »

In Belfast Northern Ireland

The Titanic  museum

The Belfast Black Taxi tour

Giants Causeway

 

In Dublin

kimainham Goal ( get there early there are long lines)

Hop on Hop off Bus

 

For a regular Dublin bus make sure you have the correct change or a pass or they will not let you on

The bus drivers do NOT give change or sell  Bus Passes

 

 

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RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by /bio/enchantingireland »

Silver David,

Bus tours do have tight schedules and there are many to choose from so you'll need to give more insight as to what you want to see and do before I can narrow that down and make a recommendation.  Some small group tours are a bit more relaxed and with fewer people to herd to the bus, definitely more laid back and relaxed.

As for driving on the left -- it's not as big of an issue as people think.  The biggest concept to get a grasp of is ... RELAX.  Just relax, look both ways a few times and go at your own pace.  The Irish are very patient with tourists and everyone who was convinced to do the self drive has come back happy that they did it... and confirmed that driving was easier than they thought.

As far as what to see/do.. you really need to give us a list of what it is YOU want to see and do and we can help organize that for you into a nice itinerary.

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tuamgalway

RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by tuamgalway »

You should really consider driving at your own pace. The 1st day is a bit stressful but you will be surprised at how quickly you adapt. The rewards of being on your own schedule are well worth it. If you narrow down some areas of interest check back in for some suggestions.

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RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by /bio/tony2phones »

If you can drive at home you can drive in Ireland and with 14 days you have enough time to drive around half the island in stages with 2 night stays or 70% as a road trip with some one and 2 night stops.

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silver david

RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by silver david »

Thank you all for your advice. I'm still nervous about driving, but have decided to give it a shot. Thanks for all your encouragement. Will try and report back!

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RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by /bio/mango »

You could spend your time in the cities, taking bus tours into the countryside (I believe if you base yourself in Dublin you can do day trips to the Blarney Stone and County Wicklow without having a car). I would assume the same exists from Galway and Belfast. So you might look into that if you're really worried about driving on the other side (though I agree with the others--you get used to it quite quickly).

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RE: Hoping to get advice on a two week trip to Ireland

by /bio/tony2phones »

Blarney Stone from Dublin.. there is an example of the new bunch of day trips springing up on the back of the new motorway networks.. If you do decide not to drive then there are local tours from the main places but be careful before considering long day trips from Dublin.

Tours from Belfast would be Antrim & The Causeway, Derry.  From Dublin would be Wicklow and Newgrange,  From Galway would be the Connemara, the Arans and of course the Cliffs of Moher and Burren.  From Limerick the Cliffs and Burren or Dingle, From Killarney The ring of Kerry or Dingle  From Cork you can do Blarney, Cobh, Kinsale  and Cahir/Cashel by public transport.

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