10 days in Ireland-September

Old Jun 21st, 2006, 07:58 AM
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10 days in Ireland-September

How does this sound or is it too aggressive? Suggestions appreciated!!

Approx travel info:
Arrive Sept 9 10:00 am Shannon airport-
pick up bags and rentals. Spend day at Cliffs of Moher, maybe Burren. Stay at Lisdoovarna (Rick Steves suggestion).

Sept 10-Limerick for day (ancestors from there), maybe King John's castle. Stay at Lisdoovarna.

Sept 11-drive to Dingle in AM, bike around. Stay at Dingle

Sept 12-drive Ring of Kerry, Skelling Ring. Not sure where to stay for this night.

Sept. 13-drive to Kilkenny to see Rock of Cashel. Stay in Cork/Kinsale.

Sept. 14-visit Cork for Blarney Castle/Stone, Blarney Woolen Mills for shopping. Ancestors from here too. Not sure where to stay for this night.

Sept. 15-Wesford/Waterford on way to Dublin or Meath.

Sept. 16-time in Dublin or Meath. I prefer Meath for Trim castle, Hill of Tara, Bru na Boinne(Newgrange). Drive back to Shannon.

Sept. 17-fly out of Shannon to US at 12:30 pm.
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This is your 3rd post on the same subject. You only need one on this forum. You will get plenty of responses.

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I tried to break it up because I didn't have any responses from the first one I put out a little while ago. I was concerned because there weren't any responses yet.
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Just top your post, like this is doing.
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On one of your other posts Budman recommended AutoEurope for car rental. I concur. AE is a consolidator that finds you the best rate from among several companies. If you find a better rate by contacting a company yourself, AE promises to either match it or beat it. Book from home ASAP for the best price.

Distances in Ireland may be relatively short, but driving time is slow. Expect to average no better than 40 mph on main roads and less on secondary roads. You'll need a detailed map like the Michelin Ireland map available at amazon.com.

Even though a second night in the same bed is nice, I wouldn't return to Lisdoonvarna after your day in Limerick. Too much backtracking. Instead, stay in Bunratty or Adare and you'll have a shorter drive to Dingle in the morning.

If the weather is clear as you're approaching Dingle, drive over Conor Pass. You may not get a second chance. The Dingle Peninsula rates at least a two-night stay, especially since you'll be seeing it by bike.

You're going to have a very long day if you leave from Dingle and drive both the ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring. You'll be ready for a good night's sleep. I suggest you spend the night in Kenmare.

Driving to Cashel and then to Cork/Kinsale requires a lot of backtracking. Instead, drive from Kenmare to Cork and then go on to Cashel. Spend the night in Cashel or Kilkennny.

I don't think you have time to go to Dublin. On the 16th you'll need to get back to the area around Shannon. I suggest you spend your last night in Ennis. Good traditional music sessions in the pubs and an easy drive to the airport.
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For doing the Ring of Kerry I would highly recommend staying here http://killarneyb-and-b.com/RossPage1.htm . It is a beautiful place and you could also see Ross Castle which is amazing. The couple that owns the b&b are great and the gentleman will map out the best route for your trip around the ring. I warn you though we wished we could have spent a whole week at this place alone.
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