Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Is Capri worth going to?
  2. 2 Phone for GPS in Italy/Europe--T Mobile Simple Choice ? Buy a SIM card?
  3. 3 Traffic Tickets - Why Should I Pay?
  4. 4 Salzburg, Vienna & Bratislava, Dec-Jan
  5. 5 Rugby World Cup - is your team playing?
  6. 6 10 day Italian Honeymoon in December
  7. 7 Paris transport
  8. 8 Paris in April
  9. 9 pick pockets in Rome
  10. 10 Trip Report Awe inspiring on the Amalfi Albergo "Clash of the Titans"
  11. 11 MXP to Florence
  12. 12 Calling kimhe: Recommendation for concert at Palau de La Musica Catalana
  13. 13 Cost comparison b/w Paris and Switzerland(wengen)
  14. 14 How to enjoy Paris on a low/moderate budget?
  15. 15 Camino de Santiago - tour companies?
  16. 16 What's your best driving experience in Europe?
  17. 17 How do you buy a Camper Van in Europe? Help ME!
  18. 18 Base for 3 days in Galicia
  19. 19 Itinerary for 33 days, Portugal-Spain-Morocco, sensible?
  20. 20 Which City with Paris
  21. 21 Which town-base for Lake Garda
  22. 22 French Toll Roads Chip & sign Credit Card Payments
  23. 23 Calling all Europe traveling EXPERTS please!
  24. 24 Educate me about Munich
  25. 25 Outrageous car rental price in Lofoten, Norway!
View next 25 » Back to the top

Ireland in July - Some Advice/Suggestions

Jump to last reply

So, a previously planned trip to Europe fell apart this week and while trying to figure out where we should go (we almost came down to just throwing a dart at the map) we stumbled on Ireland! I can't believe this wasn't at the top, since one of my bucket list trips is to drive around Ireland. we are, trying to plan a last minute trip. OK, I say last minute, but it's really for early July (usually I spend a year planning my trips).

We would arrive either 7/7 or 7/8, and we just need to be back in the US by the 23rd as we have an Alaskan cruise departing on the 27th (as a Professor I get limited travel time in the summer, so I make the most of it!). So, we could potentially stretch this into a longer trip. Initially we were thinking 10 days, but I know I need more. So, we could go as much as 14-15 days on the ground. Of course, I want to see it all. I'm slowly reading through my guidebook to try to figure out an itinerary so determine our flights, etc.

We are planning on renting a car. We are not super outdoorsy we won't be doing any hiking or any of that (DH is also disabled and can't do a ton of walking anyways). We want scenery and castles.

DH prefers hotels that have television and I prefer B&Bs, so we'll likely compromise and do a mix.

We'll arrive and depart from Dublin.

I was thinking that we would spend the arrival day in Dublin. So possibly not rent the car until day 2. Would it be a pain to pick it up on day 2? Or maybe stay outside of Dublin and just train in for the sightseeing.

I want to see Belfast, Giants causeway, the Cliffs, Dingle, Ring of Kerry, and a ton of countryside. I see a lot of talk about Galway as a base for a few nights and then maybe Killarney.

We don't mind spending time in the car....but then stopping and jumping out when we see something interesting. So many of our vacations are planned to the T, but this time I am just letting go and winging it. Except for booking the car and the hotels, I just want to wander and see Ireland.

Am I nuts? How best to squeeze in Belfast? That is would you do Belfast as a 1 night or as a day trip from a Dublin-area base? Use that Dublin-area base to see the Giants causeway?

A friend suggested renting two houses: One outside of Dublin for a week, and another in the SW area for a week. But it seems like that would be too much driving back and forth to the base. That it would be better to stay on the move, but staying for a few days in each place.

Sorry for seeming so I said, we're just diving into this....and I haven't done as much homework as I'd like, but I'm afraid that the longer we wait the less likely we will be able to get our ideal flights, car, hotels.

I appreciate any and all advice.

104 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
104 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.