Four days outside of Dublin
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 11, 2012 12:58 PM Last Post By: DubinNYC
Aug 5, 2012 9:39 PM
Four days outside of DublinMy wife and I will arrive in Dublin on a Monday afternoon (traveling from MSP-8 hours different time zone). We have four days before we have to be back in Dublin. We've rented a car.
Day 2: Drive to Killarney, check out the sights, check out Dingle Peninsula, stay on the peninsula.
Day 3: Drive to Cliffs Moher area, stay in Ballyvaghan.
Day 4: See Galway bay, then make the long drive back to Dublin. We have no obligations the next morning, so we can be pretty late getting in.
This is my first time to Ireland. I'd like to get what the most out of these four days without being crazy busy and a lot of driving. I'd like to have time to relax at local pubs and get to know the people.
How does this look?
Aug 6, 2012 8:22 AM
1a lot of driving to fit into 4 days.....its a long drive from dublin to Killarney and then to explore and see the Dingle Peninsula would be demanding and tiring and in my opinion way too much to fit into 1 day. going by what you said at end of your post you are better off just picking 1 area (Killarney or Galway) and seeing a lot of what each area offers. my suggested plan would be
day 2 - drive to Killarney
day 3 - explore ring of kerry and killarney national park
day 4 - dingle peninsula and then drive to clare, maybe using the Tarbet/Killimer ferry crossing, and then up the coast to the cliffs, staying overnight in area
day 5 - drive back to Dublin
Aug 7, 2012 3:11 PM
2We just returned from 5 weeks in Ireland on a driving trip. Poster #1 suggested a good itinerary. Killarney is a blast...great restaurants and plenty of pubs. This would make a good "base" for the ring of Kerry. We also drove the Dingle peninsula which was pleasant. The ferry is a great short cut as you work your way back to Dublin.
Keep in mind, the miles are not that far...but the driving is slow, especially on the Dingle peninsula.
Aug 8, 2012 9:20 AM
Aug 9, 2012 4:55 AM
4I live on the east coast of the country but as often as I can I try do weekend breaks down the country, with both Killarney and Galway amongst my favourites and I wouldn't necessarily rule out Galway.
From Dublin airport Killarney could be close to 4 hours by car, whereas Galway city can be done is under 2 hours. In Galway you have beautiful scenery in the Connemara region and towns like Clifden and Roundstone are great places to spend a few days, plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants and beautiful views of the coast. From here you could easily do the Cliff of Moher as a half day trip.
Killarney / Dingle is equally as beautiful and I would find it hard to choose between the two but for pure convenience Galway is hard to beat.
It would be very rushed to combine both places and a lot of driving.
Aug 11, 2012 12:58 PM
5I did a very similar trip last year ........ depends when you are going? We did it in June, so at that time the daylight is nice and long.
We went to Tralee and Killarney also ....... left Killarney in the morning and drove to Dingle (stopped for a few hours, and lunch) .... then took Connor's pass and were able to drive up to the Cliff's of Moher (didn't take the Ferry) ..... checked out the cliffs, and the burren and overnighted in Ballyvaughan. We made good time, and really didn't feel rushed ... but again, bright til after 9.30pm or so.
Next morning left Ballyvaughan early and drove to Galway ..... lunch and afternoon in Galway City and then 2 hour drive back to Dublin.
All good. Enjoy.
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