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Old Sep 22nd, 2019, 05:13 PM
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IRELAND; Blarney Stone/Cliffs of Mohr/Galway from Dublin

We will be based in Dublin, what are best ways for us to see
Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Mohr and Galway? Thank you!
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Old Sep 23rd, 2019, 08:50 AM
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Well, the absolute best way would be to have accomodation in the West Coast!

I would not rent a car as parking in Dublin is a real pain and a car is a hindrance in downtown Dublin. I would book daytrips with a company like Paddywagon. Galway City and the Cliffs of Moher are in fairly close proximity. I would hate to go back and forth twice from Dublin to see these two areas. Paddywagon has a daytrip which visits both sites from Dublin:
https://www.paddywagontours.com/galway-and-cliffs-of-moher-boat-tour-from-dublin
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https://www.paddywagontours.com/gour...ur-from-dublin

For the Blarney Castle you could consider this trip:
https://www.paddywagontours.com/BLARNEY-Day-Tour-From-DUBLIN
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https://www.paddywagontours.com/Smal...ur-from-Dublin

Personally, I would skip Blarney Castle and do Glendalough (beautiful area).

Here are all their daytrips from Dublin:
https://www.paddywagontours.com/tour...rs-from-DUBLIN
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Old Sep 23rd, 2019, 09:52 AM
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90 min in Galway is not enough

Bette, thank you for your suggestions - the only problem with Cliffs of Mohr and Galway tour combo is it only gives us 90 minutes in Galway.
We want to spend a few hours in Galway so to experience the full effect of the city.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2019, 11:43 AM
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You can take the go bus or train to Galway and do a day tour from there to the cliffs. Wild Rover does a great tour of the north coast with giants causeway. Have you booked your accommodations in Dublin for the whole week? If so then I would enjoy the cliff walk from Howth. You take the dart train from Connelly station. Short commute and very nice. You can find some day tours at the tourist office.
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Dublin is not a base for those places. If they are what you want to see/do -- why are you staying in Dublin?

What is the rest of your itinerary -- how long are you in Dublin?
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Old Sep 23rd, 2019, 07:51 PM
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Dublin Itinerary

We will be in Dublin ten nights and want to do at least three day trips.

Day trip interests are; Blarney Stone/Cork Paddywagon tour and maybe a second tour with same group. We would like to do a Galway day trip on our own.
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Why 10 nights in Dublin? Unless you are at a conference or something -- or maybe staying with friends? Much of what you'll want to see/do is on the west side of the country.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2019, 08:10 PM
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Hi Janisj - Good thought- we will take that into consideration. Thank you!
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Hi Macross - great suggestions- yes we are already booked.
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Old Sep 24th, 2019, 06:23 AM
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I am feeling a little discouraged about our choice to use Dublin as our base while in Ireland. One of the reasons we made this decision was so we could immerse ourselves into a Dublin experience. I will be doing some more research.

I wonder if Dublin has any hidden gems similar to the accordion player that comes out on Sundays, the flea market, dancing and singing in Paris. The dancing for locals and tourists in front of Opera House or the zeppalees at Rila Monestary in Bulgaria...
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<<Cliffs of Mohr and Galway tour combo is it only gives us 90 minutes in Galway>>

As indicated in my first response, Dublin is a poor base for the West of Ireland. I think you are under-estimating the travel time across the island, from East to West.

I have been to Ireland numerous times; I always prefer to immerse ourselves in hidden gems in the West.

What month are you traveling? Sorry if I missed it. Can't you change to perhaps 20r 3 nights Dublin, then head West?
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Originally Posted by donnae_b View Post
I am feeling a little discouraged about our choice to use Dublin as our base while in Ireland. One of the reasons we made this decision was so we could immerse ourselves into a Dublin experience. I will be doing some more research.

I wonder if Dublin has any hidden gems similar to the accordion player that comes out on Sundays, the flea market, dancing and singing in Paris. The dancing for locals and tourists in front of Opera House or the zeppalees at Rila Monestary in Bulgaria...

Dublin is fine for a few days. But not as a 'base' to see most of Ireland. For me . . . Dublin is about a '4 day city' at most - and 3 is really about my limit. Now, some people really love Dublin, and you might end up in that camp. But if I had a choice between 10 days in Dublin, or 7 or 8 days on the west coast and 2 or 3 days in Dublin I'd choose the latter.
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Old Sep 24th, 2019, 09:54 AM
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Hi Bette, we are traveling early November 2019
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Hi Donnae b,

Ok - November. Thanks for supplying the month of travel.
Your hours of daylight will be much shorter. For example, on Nov 10th sunrise is at 7:40 am and sunset is at 4:37 pm. Just another thing to think about when you plan these LONG day trips out of Dublin.
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Hi Bette, we are traveling early November 2019

That really does make things harder for long day trips. Shorter days and very likely at least some nasty weather.

Are your plans set in stone/unchangeable?
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