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ameliaisland Aug 3rd, 2011 06:34 PM

9-10 days in Ireland next May- need help!!
 
Hello!

My wife and I are planning a trip to Ireland next May for 9-10 days and we need help!

Goals:

1- Stay in one or two amazing castles, the other nites in Boutique Hotels or B&B's
2- Road Trip!
3- relax and great food

What ideas do y'all have?? We have heard that Southern Ireland would be our best bet- we have heard great things about Ashford Castle, worth it??

jaja Aug 3rd, 2011 07:27 PM

By Southern Ireland do you mean the Republic of Ireland or the south part of the Republic?

Waterford Castle is pretty amazing but a bit out of most loops.

ameliaisland Aug 4th, 2011 04:18 AM

Fly into Shannon most likely, but maybe Dublin if flights are less. Now that I think about it, we don't have a preference to Southern Ireland

TPAYT Aug 4th, 2011 07:32 AM

We toured Ashford Castle Sept.'10. It was beautiful but a bit "stuffy" for our tastes. Same goes for Adare Manor. Her's what we really liked:
www.greenmount-house.com in Dingle. Dingle was the best scenery IMO, in Ireland.

www.shelburnelodge.com in Kenmare

If you are interested, here's our 2 trip reports from Sept.'10 and May '11. We much preferred the West Coast.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-surprises.cfm

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...rip-report.cfm

Padhraicin Aug 6th, 2011 04:00 PM

Check out the following castle hotels:

Clontarf Castle, Dublin
Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal
Castle Leslie, Monaghan
Ashfort Castle, Clare
Drumoland, Clare
Abbeyglen, Clifden. Galway
Markree, Sligo

derry Aug 19th, 2011 09:35 PM

hi cant help with logging, but try and see west coast - cliffs of moher/sleive league cliffs and northern ireland is historical - derry, belfast - giants causeway-a naturally beautiful place - of course dublin!! have fun!!


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