Itinerary for Ireland - Suggestions welcome!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2012 11:02 AM Last Post By: jnowicki
Feb 15, 2012 1:16 AM
Itinerary for Ireland - Suggestions welcome!So me and my boyfriend plan on going to Ireland this summer (End of July, beginning of August) for two weeks and I've drawn up a quick sketch itinerary of places I feel are worth visiting.
So far it looks like:
Landing in Dublin (renting a car) then driving to, in order:
Then probably staying a day or two in Dublin then heading to Belfast for a day or two.
(this isn't the whole two weeks we want to stay, we'll probably head back to Dublin, we are going to Germany for a short visit...etc.) Anyways!! I am hoping to do the first list (Dublin to Dublin, not Belfast) in about 2 or three days, because lets face it, the glorious part about this country is that everything is 2 hours from each other!! Brilliant!
Here comes my question, and I don't mean to offend any towns, but is there any towns on my list that people who have been to, or live in Ireland, feel I could leave out. Or perhaps you feel like I am missing a key location that is a DO NOT MISS!! And do you believe 2-3 days is reasonable amount to get out, explore a bit and move on, to each town?
I once had a friend travel to Europe and he told me, "once you've seen one castle, you've seen them all." Once again, not meaning to offend (and I am assuming this is untrue) but I am looking for more in these towns then perhaps just a castle.... (Unless it is mind blowing!)
Anyways, I digress.....
Help appreciated and loved <3
Feb 15, 2012 1:45 AM
1Dear holy christ: because lets face it, the glorious part about this country is that everything is 2 hours from each other!! Brilliant! No, not at all. Ever. Think that way and you'll be screwed. It is more than two hours from Dublin to Galway alone. The large N roads and motorways are okay, but once off those you will struggle to get above an average of 80 km/h.
Your itinerary looks good. IMO drop Blarney Castle, perhaps rethink Limerick, certainly not for two or three days. Alot of people like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula which would be a diversion from your planned route but might be worth considering as the itinerary might be regarded as soft.
Feb 15, 2012 5:32 AM
2I agree, do not expect to get to places in two hours. Like most trips, it depends on what you want to get out of your visit. With some notable exceptions (especially Connemara) the scenary is OK but the real joy of going to Ireland is the people and music. One tip I would suggest is stay at Irish Bed and Breakfasts. You can book them through the Irish Tourist board site. The standard is quite good, its econmical and the landladies know where to eat, whats going on in the area and where you can have a good evening in a pub. Your list does not include Connemara and if you have any interest at all in beautiful scenary then you must go to Cong and tour the Connemara National Park.
Don't miss Dublin and Galway is a nice place. You mention that you are going to Belfast? So a suggested round route might be:
Newcastle (for the Mountains of Mourne)
Coleraine (for Giants Causway and Bushmills Distillary)
Sligo (via Derry and Donegal)
Ballina (for the"Céide Fields" 5000 year old archaeological site and Salmon Fishing)
Cong (Cong and tour the Connemara National Park)
Doolin (via Galway City)
Killarney (which is a bit touristy) for the Killarney Ring
Fermoy or Mitchelstown (via Blarney)
Dublin via the Wicklow Mountains.
Feb 15, 2012 6:48 AM
3I'm exhausted and stressed just thinking about you attempting this in 2 or 3 days. I would take about a week to do it. I agree with Mark on Blarney and Limerick and although the ring of Kerry is touristy Kerry is definitely one of the prettiest parts of Ireland. In Doolin the Doolin cave is expensive but worth a visit IMO, the nearby Ailwee cave is not IMO. #2's route is also good as the northern coastline is very beautiful as is Connemara and for scenery don't miss the Wicklow mountains/Glendalough.
Feb 15, 2012 7:01 AM
Feb 15, 2012 7:19 AM
5Just to clarify, the round route suggested #2, allow minimum of 2 days in Dublin and one day/night in each other place 11 days in all. You will need this minimum amount of time to see and experiance Ireland.
Feb 15, 2012 12:18 PM
6Lmao ok, call me crazy. I know NOTHING about Ireland, and when I google mapped it, it said most places were in a few hours from each other, so I thought they were all like, day trip places. (Don't know if anyone is from Manitoba Canada, but like a Winnipeg - Gimli) thing.
Anyways, thanks for the advice, I guess it will take longer than I thought.
I'm going to look into all those newly suggested towns, thank you! And thank you Miconew for the new itinerary idea, I will look into it!
Feb 16, 2012 3:05 AM
Feb 16, 2012 7:15 AM
Feb 17, 2012 1:47 PM
9I've only been to Dublin, Doolin and Galway but Doolin in particular was by far my favourite place. The hike from Doolin along the cliffs of Mohr was amazing. It's a full day and a lot of walking but it's so good and the views are spectacular.
I suppose you could just drive to the peak and take a look from the top but the hike from Doolin is the way to go if you really want to soak it up and remember the experience forever.
One full day in Doolin is the minimum I think. An early start is important for hiking to the cliffs of Mohr so either arrive in Doolin the night before or early morning to get started. It's a fairly easy hiking and there's a trail right along the edge that we followed all the way up, and this way takes longer. The weather doesn't always allow for this trail to be used but i walked it on a bright sunny day with no wind, otherwise we would have taken the main trail that's quicker and safer. We walked back along the main path. So yeah, i highly recommend Doolin and hiking the cliffs of Mohr.
As for the Castles, I've been to many and they don't get boring to me but I like that stuff. I like to look through all the various archer slots and try to picture what a battle might have looked like. I guess i have an active imagination but that's why I go to places like that. I'd say you should go to at least one Castle and if you like it, go to another, if you don't, go do something else...
Feb 21, 2012 11:02 AM
10Thanks for all the suggestions! Pictures of Doolin look amazing, the real thing must be mind blowing! And thank you for the links about driving! I will check those out asap!
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