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Ireland - 7 days - Self-drive in mid September --- Need help with itinerary .. flying into Dublin arrive in am and figured we would leave and drive to Kilkenny (as we will return to Dublin at the end) for one night, Cork - 2 nights, Limerick 2 nights, and back to Dublin for 2 nights.

Can we see ring of kerry, dingle and cliffs of mohr in one day? Can you give me a detailed itinerary. Have tix to blarney castle and kilkenny castle, waterford crystal. Thanks for your help.

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    "Can we see ring of kerry, dingle and cliffs of mohr in one day?"

    No, not without a pilots Licence and Helicopter.

    How about
    night 1 Kilkenny--look round, evening out. Call at Cashel and Cahir on the way to
    night 2 Blarney/Cork. Castle first thing before the bus's arrive. Cobh and Fota in the pm,
    night 3 same place. Set off for Killarney heading South west and seeing some of the west Cork coast and Beara spending
    night 4 Killarney. Either the ring of Kerry or parts of the National park.
    night 5 Dingle. drive Slea Head then over the Connor pass and through the Shannon Tunnel spending
    night 5 Ennis. Up the coast past the Cliffs of Moher and lunch in Galway before heading across country for
    night 6 Dublin Day 7 and night 7 Dublin before flying home.

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    Hi jrsterm! Sounds like a great itinerary so far and Tony2phones has added some great suggestions.

    From Dublin Airport you're about 1.5 hours drive to Kilkenny. You may be tired after your long flight so touring the Kilkenny Castle and spending some time on the beautiful castle grounds is ideal! If you're interested in history and/or beer you may also like to add the Smithwicks Brewery, the oldest operational brewery in Ireland! You'll not have a problem finding many charming pubs throughout the city, but if you happen to pass by Kyteler's Pub, you may like to dander in as it's a great 14th century pub with a lot of character.

    Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, is only 40 minutes from Kilkenny and then about 2 hours from Cork so you'll have plenty of time for the Waterford Crystal Factory tour and maybe a nice walking tour of the top attractions (bit.ly/NDMwXN).

    You can spend your second night in Cork, which puts in in a great position to explore the city and surrounding areas the next day. I know you were hoping to do the Blarney Castle, which is about 15 minutes from Cork city. You may also consider a visit to Kinsale, Ireland's food capital, just 30 minutes from Cork city.

    For your third night you could stay another night in Cork or you could move West towards County Kerry to explore the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, and/or Dingle Peninsula. I think if you'll just have one day in Kerry you may like to chose between the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula, however, if you have two you may go for Tony2phones suggestion above and do both. Both are extremely beautiful and would be a fantastic taste of Kerry!

    For the next day you could drive 2.5 hours to Limerick or the surrounding areas which would be within easy reach of the festive Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle full of storytelling, music, and great food and drink (bookings at www.shannonheritage.com)! This would be an excellent cultural addition to your itinerary.

    From Limerick you're about an hour to the Cliffs of Moher traveling through the scenic Burren National Park, which could be done either of your days in this area. If you have the time and energy, Galway would make an excellent place for a meal and stroll before you head to Dublin as it's located just on Galway Bay and is home to some fabulous restaurants, such as McSwiggans and the Asian Teahouse.

    From Galway you're 2 hours back across to Dublin where you can spend the next couple nights getting to know the capital city! You may like to check out the Dublin Pass at www.dublinpass.ie where you can get entry into all of Dublin's highlights for one flat rate!

    As suggested above your itinerary would look something like
    1- Arrive Dublin, night in Kilkenny
    2- Visit Waterford, night in Cork
    3- Blarney Castle, night in Cork or Kerry
    4- Explore Kerry, night in Kerry
    5- Drive to Clare night in Limerick/Clare
    6- Cliffs of Moher/Galway, night in Dublin
    7- Day/night in Dublin

    We hope you have a visit to Ireland!

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