Tips on the best road trip in Ireland (around 5 days)
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Sep 11, 2012 2:07 AM Last Post By: markfawkner
Sep 9, 2012 3:57 PM
Tips on the best road trip in Ireland (around 5 days)Hi everyone!
I'm planning a road trip in Ireland (sometime in December) as a surprise for my girlfriend who has always wanted to visit and experience the mythical country.
Few things are for sure:
1) We are flying to and back from Dublin.
2) We would like to see a. Dublin, b. Cork, c. the Ring of Kerry and d. the Dingle Peninsula.
3) The total trip (if possible) should be in the range of 4-5 days.
Reading on some older posts here, I got the impression that it's best to take the train from Dublin to Cork and rent a car at Cork and head out for the rest of the places that I mentioned.
So I would be really grateful about any tips concerning the following things:
1) How would you plan this trip in the best way (on a daily basis, including transportation and road trip routes) and which are the spots at each place that one shouldn't miss (with emphasis on castles and other "old" stuff with.. a "mysterious" vibe)?
2) Which hotels would you recommend for a romantic stay at each place (budget: around 100 euros per night). Maybe silly question, but is there any "cool" castle that one could stay in?
3) If you can also recommend a good pub/restaurant at each place, it would be awesome! :)
Thanks a lot in advance for any help!
Sep 10, 2012 2:55 AM
1Welcome to TT.
Five days ain't a lot and flying in and out of Dublin hits that.
If you are not going to be hit by jet lag (where are you coming from?) I'd suggest land at Dublin, pick up hire car and hot tail to Killarney. From Killarney you can visit Dingle and RoK over the space of two nights. From there to Cork for one night and then to Dublin for two nights. If you haven't booked yet, is it possible to fly out into Kerry/Shannon/Cork airports and out of Dublin?
In terms of things to do in Dublin, based on what you have said check out St MIchan's church and look at their website for vault tour times. They have suitably spooky mummified remains down there and you can touch one. My other favourite part of Dublin is the Chester Beatty Library but also Marsh's Library is a musty kind of place that might fit into the mythical side of interests. The ghost bus tour might be delightfully mysterious too.
For pubs in Dublin search TT for dubpubs05 or dubpubs06.
In terms of accom, EUR100 is a good budget even in Dublin where D4 hotels might be a good option. Dublin was recently listed by Hotels.com as the third cheapest capital city in Western Europe.
In terms of wider 'must sees' you might want to start with searching websites including this one or buy a guide book.
Sep 10, 2012 2:37 PM
2Thanks for this info Mark.
We are flying to Ireland from Sweden, so jet lag won't be an issue.
However, the cheapest flights are to Dublin, thus the choice of landing and leaving from there.
1) At which places should we stay overnight so that we split the driving time as equally as possible?
2) How long will the different driving routes take: e.g. Dublin-Killarney, Dingle and RoK, Cork-Dublin.
3) I found an older post where people suggested taking the train from Dublin to Cork and not drive that part as it can take really long time. Do you agree on that?
Sep 11, 2012 2:07 AM
3Train from Dublin to Cork would mean going into Dublin and changing to a train which seems a bit of a kerfuffle not worth it. It would be a better option to get a bus straight from Dublin airport to Cork as an alternative to driving. Aircoach and gobus do this trip. The possibility of a delayed flight means I am not sure what time after your flight you should book your bus tkt or if you should. It is about a 3.5h trip, less by car and by car will allow you to stop somewhere quaint for lunch or such. You won't need your car if staying in central Dublin.
Weigh the issue of cost carefully when considering in/out Dublin. It may be more expensive but you are losing three or four hours of your holiday, you've got the cost of getting from Dublin to Cork. Make sure you do the maths. Just sayin', not arguing strongly for one over the other. Of course, if there is no direct flight from Sweden to somewhere other than Dublin it is a null argument.
In terms of where to stay, as I said two nights Killarney, one night Cork, two nights Dublin. It has nothing to do with driving distances but just based on what you were thinking.
Look online for aa.ie routeplanner for details of travelling times and distances. I think it underestimates times (it can't take into account random factors on smaller roads) but it is pretty good at outlining times and distances.
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