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Mar 27th, 2016, 08:56 PM
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Ireland -8 days

We are considering a trip to Ireland in mid July. We will have 8 days to spend arriving and departing from Dublin. Looking for the must sees along with tips on the best base to stay that will allow us day trips. We would like to avoid constant packing and unpacking. Perhaps an inn or b&b? We would also like to stay in a castle if possible.
We are 2 couples traveling together that enjoy golf( the husbands-- suggestion for an activity for the wives on golf day would be great), food, wine, walking/hiking and of course beautiful scenery. I've read about sheep farm visits and would love to hear about that as well.
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Mar 28th, 2016, 03:09 AM
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8 days isn't long on the ground, probably 6 for Ireland and 2 for Dublin?

I would suggest Galway and Killarney as the main touring centres on the west and a night in Clare in between but then it depends on the budget for the castle stay?

West of Galway you have the Connemara region,couple of Sheep farm/demonstration options, couple of Castle stay options, couple of good Golf options lots of walking options.

South of Galway lies Clare with the same sort of options as Connemara plus the tourist draws of the Cliffs and Burren

Kerry again the same but the more tourist driven area, not big on castles though.

So everything you want anywhere you want. Any of the 3 areas above could more than fill a week so you could chose 1, 2 or 3 of those. Then of course there is the rest of the Island.

What are your must see attractions? after all its your holiday no one else's.
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Mar 28th, 2016, 05:01 AM
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http://www.greystonesgc.com/ They could golf here and in Greystone there are nice hotels, B&Bs. Best thing is you and your friend can take the train into Dublin or to Dalky.

http://www.druidsglenresort.com/ Better than a castle but unless you are driving you are stuck here while they golf.
Lahinch is the most beautiful course and love that area on the west coast. You could visit the cliffs and take a ferry ride to the Aran islands while they golf there.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 03:51 PM
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Thank you for your responses. We have been told by many to use Dublin, Cork and Killarney as basecamps. Still trying to study logistics, but if we stay in each of these places, what are suggested day trips from each? Trying to avoid packing and unpacking numerous times, so ideally would like to find some central locations that we can stay in for about 3 nights each. We are thinking that the best thing to do upon our arrival in Dublin would be to train to Cork or Killarney, then to the other and back to Dublin as our last stop for a couple of nights as we are flying in/out of Dublin airport. We'd like to visit the Dingle Peninsula and Kilkenny.
Appreciate all of you advice.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 05:30 PM
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My trip report was 8 days. Maybe this will give you some ideas...

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...m#last-comment
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Apr 20th, 2016, 09:12 PM
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Another request. Thank you to all for your feedback.
We are now confirmed to arrive in Dublin and have a private transfer/day tour taking us to Cork for 3 nights. From Cork we are going to Killarney for 3 nights and then to Dublin for our final 3 nights and to fly home. We are wondering about the "must sees" between Dublin and Cork, Cork and Killarney and Killarney and Dublin. If many things to see we will do a private driver so that we may stop along the way. If nothing of note, we can choose transfer by train. While we are hoping to do daytrips from each of our bases, we are wondering if some of these may be included while traveling between 2 areas instead.
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