Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 25, 2012 8:30 PM Last Post By: andreaclaire
Apr 18, 2012 4:50 PM
Irish ItineraryAfter 5 weeks going from Los Angeles to St Petersburg, Moscow, through the Ukraine to Turkey by boat across the Black Sea, I'll be flying out of Ankara into Dublin June 9, arriving around 11 a.m. I'm planning on staying for a couple of weeks.
Here's a rough outline of what I'm planning city-wise, without all the sights.
4 days dublin, including the day i land and one to take a tour to Tara Comeath and NewGrange.
On to Carrick on Shannon for a couple days. River cruise and stay with friends.
Then Connemara/Galway for a day.
Then to Cliffs of Moher and the Burren for a couple days.
Then Bunratty Castle and Limerick (friends there, too) for a couple days.
then Kilarney, Ring of Kerry and Dingle for a couple days,
Then County Cork, not sure where or what, maybe Kinsale and the Middleton Distillery. That brings me up to June 23.
I have a flight out of Dublin June 25. I could make it sooner or later. What's a good place to stop on the way back to Dublin from Cork? Am I missing anything good? Should I drop any of this? If I say shure and begorrah one more time will I get hit with a shillaleagh? Should I rent a car when I'm ready to head out of Dublin or should I bus it the whole way, or what? Redbreast, Jameson's Crested Ten, Black Bush or Middleton Very Rare?
Apr 19, 2012 2:08 AM
1Rent a car.
With two weeks, you could (if you wanted) add a couple of days in Donegal. As beautiful as the west coast around Galway and Kerry etc but less tourists (and you'll be meeting a fair few at that time of the year) and perhaps a bit more rugged.
Whiskies/whiskeys? Check out L Mulligan Grocer (a pub) for a great selection. If you are doing the Jameson distillery thing then it is not a million miles from there. I usually go for Bushmills when c#drinking, whether it be Black Bush or better or worse.
Apr 19, 2012 2:13 AM
2Hi, that sounds like a great itinerary, you will get to see a lot of the country. If I could make a suggestion, you might want to spend more than a day in Galway, it is a beautiful city and has loads to see and do, the main street is bursting with Irish culture and it is one of my favorite places in Ireland (I'm from Co. Kildare so I'm not being biased :)) Spending 4 days in Dublin is a good idea because there is a lot to see and do. Make sure you schedule a trip to Dun Laoghaire, especially if the weather is good, it's a lovely place to walk along the beach, or visit the Sunday market in the park. If you're in Dublin city then a night out in Temple Bar would be nice, lots of atmosphere and plenty of your stereotypical Irish Pubs, along with lovely restaurants and clubs too. I hope you have a great trip and the weather is nice for you :)
Apr 19, 2012 2:23 AM
Apr 19, 2012 4:08 AM
Apr 21, 2012 2:06 PM
5Regards renting a car...
If your staying with friends and not rushing around you won't need a car, it'll be a very exspensive thing. The buses are very good. Dublin to Carrick is two hours and 15euro by bus eireann.
A suggestion......Buy a second hand bike and a new lock in a shop on the condition they'll buy it back, you'll see much more, can cycle drunk, have a laugh, can lock it to almost any pole, and can put it on the big buses that go between towns.
Apr 22, 2012 3:15 PM
6Agree with the suggestions of #1 and #2. Donegal is beautiful and worth the trip up there. Connemara is worth one day and Galway town is worth one day, in my opinion. I'd say rent a car. The bus system limits you to main transport hubs (Connemara is not doable on public transport in a day). If you're in a car, you can do the Burren/Cliffs in one day as you drive down to Limerick. Unless you're planing on a day hike or two, that's really all you need for it.
From Cork back to Dublin, I'd suggest either Cashel or Kilkenny as places of interested. I'm partial to Cashel, myself.
Apr 24, 2012 9:03 AM
7Thanks everyone. :-). I'll have to look into Donegal a bit. So the consensus here seems to be an extra day for Galway/Connemara. Then see the Burren on the way to Limerick.
I'm thinking of skipping Cork and after Dingle (who names these places? - I used to have a gf named Dingleberry, though) heading to a midpoint back to Dublin. Where would you suggest? Then Dublin for one last night to make it easier to catch a 10 am intl flight.
Oh yeah, instead of a 4th day in Dublin I could go to Tara comeath and newgrange, since the next day I'm on my way to Carrick on Shannon. That make sense?
Cheers and ta!
Apr 25, 2012 8:30 PM
8I don't think you'll save any time by going to Newgrange and then heading from there to Carrick-on-Shannon if you're driving. It's smaller roads than leaving from Dublin so you'll be moving slower. (If someone who knows better can back me up on that.) If you're on public transport, you'll have to head back to Dublin anyway.
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