Driving from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

Old Apr 5th, 2013, 09:28 PM
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Driving from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

We are renting a car from Dublin airport Friday morning and flying out of Shannon airport Saturday morning, we want to spend the night around Shannon airport area, is it possible to make cliffs of Moher our "day trip" and anything interesting in between. I know, I know, one day is not enough but that is what we have. Our trip is scheduled the first week of May. Any advice is very much appreciated. Thank you!
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That drive can absolutely be done (I did a similar one, only the other way around, starting in Shannon and ending in Dublin). If you're not interested in anything in Dublin, one thing that might be added is a wee stop at the Burren, if you're into different landscapes, or maybe some sights near Galway in addition to the CoM (which are simply majestic). If you do want a good view near Dublin, I also loved the view from Killiney Hill Park just south of Dublin (a touch out of the way, but I'd say it's worth it). It was featured in the movie "Once" if you've seen that.
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You can see Clonmacnoise on your way to Galway.
Spend an hour or two in Galway. Eg for lunch.
Drive through the Burren to the Cliffs.
After you've seen enough, continue to Ennis.
Explore that "quaint" gem a bit and have dinner.
If you need one more stop, you can visit the historic Kilbeggan whiskey destillery on your way from DUB to Galway.

Actually, Ennis-Shannon airport is just a quick and easy 20 minute drive on the motorway. Unless your flight starts really early, you could think about spending the night in Ennis.
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As I'm doing research for a trip to Ireland, here is a comment from Frommer's 4 weeks in Ireland.

"Day 7 & 8: County Clare

Time is short now, so you won't be able to see as much of Clare as it deserves. But make a promise to yourself to come back someday, and head for the perilously tall Cliffs of Moher where the view seems to stretch all the way to America (although the price to park will make you shiver). You can lunch in the town of Ennis, and then decide whether you'd rather spend the rest of the day exploring the touristy but interesting offerings at Bunratty Castle or marveling at the otherworldly landscape of the Burren. If it's the latter, strike out for the R480 road, which offers the best immediate gratification, as it winds its way through the extraordinary limestone landscape.

After spending Day 7 exploring Clare, you'll discover that you need more time to really get the most out of this big, varied place. Wander the castles of Clare -- Bunratty, Dromoland, and Knappogue -- and consider indulging in one of their medieval banquets held nightly in summer. They're unsurprisingly expensive, but can be good fun for families. Abbey lovers should take the time to visit the exquisite Corcomroe Abbey."
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See also this thread running today on TA, http://www.tripadvisor.ie/ShowTopic-....html#48613071
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Thank you for all of your helpful responses! ...now to study my maps.
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