Final Trip Tweaking!

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Aug 27th, 2003, 11:42 AM
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Final Trip Tweaking!

We are spending 6 nights in Ireland, and the front end is done, but now the back end has some last-minute questions: Day 1: Fly into Dublin from Amsterdam. Spend day in town, stay at Shelbourne. Day 2: Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny and then onto Cashel to stay at Dualla House for the night. Day 3: Spend morning in Cashel and then drive to Kenmare to stay at Sheen Falls Lodge. Day 4: Do Ring of Kerry. Day 5: BIG QUESTION! Do we stay in Kenmare area day and night or just stay through lunch then drive up to Shannon area (Bunratty Lodge or Headley Court). Day 6: BIG QUESTION! We were thinking Cliffs of Moher, but if we stay in Kenmare, the drive from there to the Cliffs seems LONG!! We could leave Kenmare on Day 5 and drive up to Shannon to make the drive easier - is the Cliffs worth it!! Or should we stay in Kenmare, skip the Cliffs altogether and drive up to Shannon to get to the airport the night before. HELP!!!
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Aug 28th, 2003, 06:19 AM
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I think west Clare is definitely worth a visit. You can cut some miles (hours) off your trip if you take the Tarbert-Killimer ferry across the Shannon estuary, then drive up thru Spanish Point to Lahinch. There are some nice shops in Lahinch. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin (lunch at Gus O'Connor's), the Burren and Corofin. You can end your day in Ennis (or Shannon, if you like). But Shannon isn't really a city: there are some large Corporate/Industrial parks, and a few (overpriced) hotels & B&B's there, that's about all.
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Aug 28th, 2003, 09:47 AM
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on day 5 I would head up to the cliffs ( take the ferry ). You can either decide to stay in Doolin, listen to some music, etc, or drive in to Bunratty for the night (about 1.5 , 1.75 hr drive)
Then on day 6, you could do one of the Castle banquets as your last night.

If you head into Bunratty on day 5, you will get 2 full nights in the same B&B - which by this time you will probably appreciate
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