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Ireland self-drive

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Please assist with itinterary .. Have to stay in pre-packaged Hotels located in:
Day 1 - Kilkenny
Day 2.3 - Blarney
Day 4,5 - Limerick
Day 7,8 - Dublin

Love scenery and would like as much detail as possible. Thanks.

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    There is plenty of fantastic scenery in the areas you want to stay in, you can explore the surrounding country sights and landmarks.

    There is plenty to see in County Kilkenny. The heart of the County is the medieval town of Kilkenny. You could explore the city with it's Norman castle and the small medieval cobbled streets. The castle has over 50 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and a fantastic rose garden.

    The County is full of unspoiled surrounding countryside, you could enjoy the the tranquilty of the River Nore and beautiful forest parks such as Coille an Fhaltaigh , It is located about 5.8 km south west of Kilkenny town in County Kilkenny There are 6 hectares of oak woodland which are over 100 years old.

    Also south of Kikenny you will find
    Jerpoint Abbey, out sight Thomastown. An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century.

    Your next stop, Blarney is a great location to explore the stunning sights of County Cork. Blarney Town, just out sight Cork City, is famous for Blarney's Castle and the legendary Blarney Stone. But not only this picturesque castle ruin, but also the well kept gardens with all the different sections if you lave nature.
    You could also explore the Lee Valley. The river Lee winds his way through the green countryside and passes lovely towns such as Macroom and Ballincollig.

    If you would prefer to see some of Ireland's stunning coast line, the lovely coastal towns of County Cork are not too far away from Blarney. The coast drive in West Cork gives you stunning ocean panoramas and rolling green hills. You could drive to Kinsale, known as Ireland's gourmet capital. From Kinsale you can drive along the coast, following the R600 that brings you all the way to Clonakilty in West Cork. From Clonakilty the N 71 takes you to Skibbereen. The town with it's shops and colourful houses is a great example of a lovely small Irish town. The landscape around the town with the coastline and the rolling hills is something you shouldn't miss.
    You could then drive along the coast and visit Bantry Bay with it's lovely beaches.

    When you travel from Blarney to Limerick you can take the direct route, which will take you approx an hour and a half.. You could also make a detour into County Kerry, considered one of the most scenic counties in Ireland. You could for example drive from Blarney over to Killarney and explore the National Park . Killarney is approx. 1.5 hours from Blarney You can explore the woodlands, mountains and lakes of the National Park by foot, bike or even in a traditional jaunting car. Inside the National Park you also find the ruin of Ross Castle and Muckross House, a lovely estate with beautiful Gardens.
    The drive from Killarney up to Limerick would take you approx 2 hours.

    Limerick is a very nice city with many things to see and do. You can visit King John's Castle, located on the banks of the River Shannon, or there is also the Hunt's Museum, famous for it's great
    art collection.

    Only approx half an hour away from Limerick you find Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle is one of the finest in Ireland and in the Folk Park you can find a replica of a historic village that gives you an insight of the life in Ireland in years gone by.

    You could also explore the Burren Region. The Burren is a unique limestone landscape in County Clare. The limestone hills are just approx 1.5 hours from Limerick. Not only is this a unique landscape but also home to some ancient portal tombs called Dolmens, great cave systems such as the Doolin and Ailwee Caves. It has a fantastic coast line and of course there are the Cliffs of Moher. These world famous cliffs are up to 200 meters high and a spectacular sight.
    You could also visit the beach at Lahinch and the town of Doolin, famous for it's Irish Music.

    For your way from Limerick to Dublin you could drive along the River Shannon, towards Athlone. Aprox 20 km south of Athlone you find Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. Well worth a visit.

    The drive from there to Dublin is approx 2 hours long.

    There are a lot of attractions in Dublin you could visit. There is the Guinness Store and the Jameson's Distillery and the National Museum to name but a few. Phoenix Park is one of the biggest parks in Europe. It's home to Dublin Zoo as well as acres and acres of greens. Even Deer can be found in the Park. You could also visit the Dublina Museum, a exhibition on medieval and Viking Dublin, or explorer St. Patrick's Cathedral or Georgian Dublin and St. Stephens Green.

    If you want to explore the area out sight the city you could go to Howth, a beautiful fishing town on Dublin Bay. Great Restaurants and a lovely coastal walk, that has great views across Dublin Bay.

    As you can see there is plenty to see and do in the areas you will be staying in. You can use the AA Route Planer to plan your trip and travel times.

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