Driving itinerary 2-3 weeks too much
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 5:29 PM Last Post By: mockbird
Dec 4, 2012 7:05 PM
Driving itinerary 2-3 weeks too muchHi all
Would love any feedback to a tentative route planned for approx 16 - 18 day trip planned for end of April beginning of may. Will be driving so would live to stay out of cities where possible - I'm used to Texas distances so not sure if I've squeezed in too little or too much. Not listing all my want to sees since I feel half the adventure will be what is along the way. If I can add an extra day or two in recommendations on where to add it?
Appreciate any feedback! TY
Arrive - Day 1 & 2 Dublin
Day 3 & 4 Kilkenny via Wicklow
Day 5 & 6, 7 Kerry. Stay in Kenmare? Is this a good central loc or is there a better suggestion?
Ring of dingle
Day 8 County Clare - doolin
Day 9 Charleston - county mayo
Day 10 & 11 Aradara county donegal
Day 12. Portrush (n. ireland)
Day 13 & 14. Belfast
Day 15 & 16. Skerries
Day 16 Depart
Dec 5, 2012 3:08 AM
1Weclome to TT. IMO you should add some space in Galway or a town nearby to take advantage of The Burren, Connemarra, Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. An extra night or two in Doolin might be an option.
I'm no fan of Kenmare (many others love it) but Killarney might be be a better option to get to Ring of Kerry and Dingle Penninsula and make it two days. You could always go for a night in Dingle.
As an Australian I get the idea of distance driving. However, driving in Ireland can be a slow crawl when off the larger N roads and motorways and in summer even the larger N roads can be a shocker. Case in point the N-17 at Claregalway. It is not so much the distances as the slower than expected speeds that will affect your driving.
All in all, I think your plan is a good use of your time.
Don't rent your car until leaving Dublin.
Dec 5, 2012 6:27 AM
2Thanks Mark! Greaet idea to add the day to the Galway area -- definitely won't be getting the car till we leave Dublin, it's going to be crazy enough doing the left side thing when there is no traffic : )
thank you again
Dec 5, 2012 4:25 PM
Dec 6, 2012 3:58 AM
4Personally I recommend heading to Belfast after landing and save Dublin until the end. I also think you are trying to fit too much into too little time.
This is my plan for next September which I posted on TA Ireland forum. You might find some use in some of it. although the starting and ending point is east Galway/Clare......
Might as well make a milestone (8000) post one for myself. September Trip for me and Christina Next Year a rush around the coastline with some other bits to throw in and a couple of questions which I sort of know the answers too but I am always open to suggestion.
Leaving home Wednesday 11th and aiming for Adare and the Woodlands Hotel for an overnight and a quiet drink, possibly Aunty Leana’s for a bit of pub grub
Thursday 12th is our 10th anniversary so whilst I have either the Killarney Court or the Eviston pencilled in it might be a case of having a posh night, well two but nothing overpriced because there is no point being surrounded by glitz when you’re sleeping off a gallon of Guinness. Kenmare might come into the equation (I quite fancy the Sheen Falls but not sure my wallet fancies there too much 1nights B&B = 1 weeks pension)
Saturday 14th round Beara and end up in Cobh for the night at the Commodore getting back on the road on Sunday maybe Mass at St Colmans first and Fota?
Tuesday Morning 17th leave the Promenade Hotel Bray heading for the Travelodge Belfast and face my demons spending the night in Belfast for the first time in 30yrs. The following morning the choice is either the Black cab tour to see how things have changed or the Titanic exhibition.
Wednesday and Thursday nights will be in Portrush at the Avarest Guest house, arrival will be late so it will be Thursday for the Causeway coast and some of the Glens of Antrim.
Crossing the Foyle by Ferry and a slow steady days drive towards Donegal Town dropping the bags at Drumcorry Farm as we pass onto the Friday evening in Town have to get some local info on the nights entertainment and keep Chris away from the cocktail menu in Dom’s the last night out in there was wicked.
Saturday will be the Slieve League then possibly Beleek before either Sligo or Ballina because Achill Island is on the must do list for a lump of Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday will meet the need of attending Clifden Arts Week so will have to get Dún Rí booked early as it has suddenly become popular with folk from the TA forums. What did Pete McCarthy say never give the name of somewhere you need to use yourself! Far too much for just a couple of days but even after all these years there are places unseen and I can feel Inisboffin calling me already.
Wednesday is the last night before Home so Tua Beag in Spiddal is on the list for a must stay, been too long since we had a night there and even though the Calamor is past a couple of pints in Tygh Hughes will revive lost memories.
Point One do we stay another night in Cobh or aim to Waterford? Staying in Cobh allows a call at Jamesons in Middleton. But missing Waterford might not make sense because the aim for Monday night is Bray. Then again Cobh to Bray is really too far in one go even if we miss Kilkenny?
Point Two choosing between Sligo and Ballina, the next night will be in Westport and we will need somewhere in Town as our usual spot on Clew bay is too far out of town really, even for a Sunday nights drink.
This is 14 days so you could add extra nights to some places.
Dec 6, 2012 5:29 PM
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