Advice needed on first day in Ireland

Jun 17th, 2002, 04:44 AM
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Pamela
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Advice needed on first day in Ireland

We'll be landing at 7:15am in Shannon (coming from Boston) on July 1st (Monday). We would like to head straight from the airport to see the Cliffs of Moher and then head up to Galway. The next day, we are heading to Dublin. Is this too much driving for the first day? We definitely want to see the Cliffs and we would prefer to see a little of Galway. Should we just spend the night in Ennis after seeing the Cliffs or would Galway be feasible? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Jun 17th, 2002, 06:07 AM
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Jun 17th, 2002, 06:19 AM
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You have plenty of time to get to Galway and spend part of the day there. In fact, from the cliffs, it is not much longer to get to Galway than to backtrack to Ennis. Assuming you leave airport by 8:30, you should be in Galway by 1 PM or so, and, with the late daylight, you will have plenty of time to enjoy Galway in the afternoon and evening.
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 07:21 AM
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lucky you, going to ireland! when my husband and i went to ireland we had a very full itinerary, every day there was list of places to see. well, by the 3rd or 4th day we were already "behind schedule"....and that was just fine.

it is feasible to do what you've mentioned in your message, but i would say don't rush it. the cliffs are awesome and you may feel like hanging out for hours...if you feel like staying, you should. i would say drive straight to the cliffs, hang out as long as you want, if that's all day then spend the night nearby. we spent the night in doolin, it's a small town, with cool pubs that had live music. or, if you're up to it, drive to galway in time for a dinner & a pint. (galway has great pubs and nightlife.) just enjoy every minute!

p.s. if you look over the edge of the cliffs, you can see little puffins way down below!
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 07:28 AM
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Thanks for the advice.
One question though...
Is this too much driving for the first day? I'm just concerned because we will have just gotten off the plane and we'll be just learning how to drive over there.
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 07:55 AM
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In my opinion, not too much driving at all. After leaving the Clifs, get on N 67 to Galway. This is a wonderful route as you follow Galway Bay. Stop at the little waterfront towns of Ballyvaughn and Kinvara along the way just for a few minutes of great views. Have a great time!
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 08:06 AM
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Pamela:

Good that you are thinking about your first day. It takes a bit of driving to get used to the 'other' side, not to mention the 'Irish Roads' !! Try this! Drive to cliffs, pick out an B&B ( I stayed at the "Moher Farmhouse" about 1/4 mile down the road from Cliffs, rest up, see the cliffs (awesome!) and spend an evening in Doolin! A great little town! That should get you in the Irish spirit!
JOHN
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 08:44 AM
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Pamela-
For me it was borderline too much. However, I got no sleep whatsoever on the plane. If you feel fresh enough, go for it, don't waste a minute. We went to Bunratty Castle from the airport and on the way back I was having trouble staying awake at the wheel - very bad - so we took the next closest B&B and got some sleep. Your body will tell you what to do. Have a great time, I'm sure you will love it.
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 09:23 AM
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Thanks again everyone!

I took the advice of some people on this board and got a prescription for Ambien. Hopefully, that will take care of me on the plane.
Unfortunately, we are going to Dublin the next day and will need to spend the night somewhere convenient to driving to Dublin so I think that Doolin would be out of the question.

I have heard different "stories" about the travel times from the airport to the Cliffs to Galway. Does 1 1/2 hours to the Cliffs and 2-3 hours to Galway sound reasonable?

I have already booked all of our B&B's so deciding at the last minute wouldn't be too good as I'll have to cancel my one in Galway before I leave on the plane.

My boyfriend and I will both be able to drive so I'm hoping that if one of us is tired, the other can take over.

Please keep the advice coming?

Thanks!
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 09:23 AM
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Thanks again everyone!

I took the advice of some people on this board and got a prescription for Ambien. Hopefully, that will take care of me on the plane.
Unfortunately, we are going to Dublin the next day and will need to spend the night somewhere convenient to driving to Dublin so I think that Doolin would be out of the question.

I have heard different "stories" about the travel times from the airport to the Cliffs to Galway. Does 1 1/2 hours to the Cliffs and 2-3 hours to Galway sound reasonable?

I have already booked all of our B&B's so deciding at the last minute wouldn't be too good as I'll have to cancel my one in Galway before I leave on the plane.

My boyfriend and I will both be able to drive so I'm hoping that if one of us is tired, the other can take over.

Please keep the advice coming.

Thanks!
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 10:22 AM
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Sorry, I just noticed that my last post went in twice.
 

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