First Day/night in Ireland

Old Jan 27th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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First Day/night in Ireland

Hello, My fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon-14 days in Ireland-I will be sending lots of posts!!

WE fly into Shannon 7:15 am and are renting a car we want to head towards the west. Maybe hit the Clliffs of Moher the first day and then have dinner and bed. Any reccomendations for a B&B/country house around Ballyvaughn or general vacinity of the Cliffs/Burren??? What would you reccommend we do that first day? We already Have nights 2 and 3 booked in Clifton and plan on hitting the ARAN islands and touring around Connemare


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Date: 01/27/2004, 06:33 pm
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Reserve the Seaview in Doolin! It is only 10-15 min from the Cliffs of Moher. You can visit the Cliffs, find your B&B, take a little power nap and be fresh for O'Conner's pub, across the steet, for some pub food and music. The music starts around 9:00. We were really tired by then as we had not had a nap!

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Old Jan 27th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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If you reserve at the Seaview, do it today. It is by far the most popular B&B in Doolin and sells out quickly to tourists landing on a weekend. Doonmacfelim is a nice enough place and close to the pubs and the Cliffs also.

If you go to Gus O'Connors, get there early and sit close to where the band will set up. Again, during tourist season, the place is extremely popular and filled with people who don't care if they hear the music. If you are more than 15 feet away, the band will be background noise. The mics that hang over their head broadcast more crowd noise than music.

Clifden is not a good jumping off point for the Aran Islands. Doolin is the shortest trip but also the roughest and gets cancelled the most because of rough seas. You can catch boats from Galway and Rassaveal also as well as a very short flight from the Rossaveal area if you have problems with sea sickness.
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Old Jan 27th, 2004, 05:07 PM
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My favorite first night place is Fallon's B&B in Kinvara which is a few miles east of Ballyvaughan. After leaving the airport, you could head straight to the Cliffs and then drive up through the Burren to Kinvara.

Kinvara's a small town with some great pubs and a lovely little harbor guarded by Dunguaire Castle on the other side.
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Old Jan 27th, 2004, 06:13 PM
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joolleeb, I hope all those posts you will be sending won't be during your honeymoon. Stick to the task at hand and spare us the details. \/
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Old Jan 27th, 2004, 08:37 PM
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we stayed about 45 minutes west of shannon on our first nite...the B&B is Hillcrest View ([email protected]) or
this is a great house and very comfortable...great breakfast..we took an easy drive to the cliffs and doolin on the first afternoon...we also stayed there on our last is a A/A 4 diamonds rating...
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When are you going? We also honeymooned in Ireland - in mid April. We never booked a single room...we just wandered and stayed when a town struck us. We never had a bit of a problem. Besides, if we had, I felt like the towns themselves would help out. Very friendly place.

The Irish are marvels at advertising. There didn't seem to a town or road that didn't have a wee sign about Bridget's or Nora's B&B being up ahead.
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We stayed at Drumcreehy House in Ballyvaughan in Oct. 2001. The rooms are beautiful and breakfast was wonderful.
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We stayed at Gregan's Castle in Ballyvaughan on our honeymoon. It's not a castle, but it is a very comfortable place with a restaurant (and I believe pub). It's about 15 miles from the Cliffs of Moher, so it would be easy to get to from Shannon.
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