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Trip Report Ireland---Beginning of trip report

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We so enjoyed Ireland in Sept. 2010 that we just had to return and see more.

http://s708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Ireland/?action=view&current=whitehouse.jpg

Uneventful (just the way you like it) flight on Aer Lingus from Chicago to Dublin. This was one of our easiest and nicest flights to Europe. That said, we were still jet lagged after being up for so many hours.

We picked up our car at Dan Dooley---this is one efficient company. They make everything so easy for you. $475 for 11 days in a Renault Diesel. We were happy to have a car with more power---last time we had a small car that was very slow and harder to shift. This car was fantastic. We did about 950 miles in 11 days and spent about $175 for gas. I say about because of the kilometer and Euro conversion thing.

As per Fodorite suggestion we got a Dan Dooley rental quote from the Ireland site and then called their US office and got a better deal. We did this for both trips. They are extremely easy to work with and our rentals were flawless both times.

Off we went to Trim and Highfield House B & B for our first stop. It took about 45 min. and was quite an easy drive. I would certainly recommend Trim for a one night stop. There is a lovely castle and Highfield House is across the street. Great location so we could park and walk to the castle and dinner. HH is a grand Irish Manor house with beautiful antiques, 14 ft. ceilings with that stunning crown molding and ceiling details. Somewhat small bathrooms, but very modern with what turned out to be the best shower of our trip. The elegant dining room was comfortable for our breakfast. The service was up to par and at a total of 80 Euros a good deal.

http://highfieldguesthouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

We checked out the town---somewhat small, but the castle was nice and there were several restaurants. The grounds around the castle and river were picturesque and across from the B & B was a fenced in field with some adorable "chubby" donkeys---I think they get alot of treats from the tourists. We had an early, somewhat simple dinner at Franzini O'Briens right next to the castle. Then it was necessary to catch up on some sleep.
Me--ribs starter, then fish'n chips
MDH--veg soup, then a hamburger
Along with 2 glasses of wine---45 Euros

I hope my little details (like prices) are useful , and I'll try to include some photos as I go along.

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