Ireland castles


Aug 30th, 2013, 05:10 PM
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Ireland castles

Hello, everyone!!

My husband and I are attempting to plan a trip for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We normally enjoy beach vacations, however, I saw a trip being advertised on Groupon to Ireland for 8 days and 7 nights. Ireland has always been a "dream trip" of mine. I would love some opinions on the accommodations and the pricing, as well as if the timing of the trip would be a good time to go to Ireland - what would the weather be like - cold, warm, rainy, etc.

We would be flying out of Chicago or New York at the end of April. It includes a rental car. We would be flying into Dublin and spending one night at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa in Dylan, County Meath. The next stop is for two nights at the Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, County Donegal. Then we would drive to the Dromoland Castle Hotel in County Clare. Our last two nights would be at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killney, County Dublin.

The price of the tickets and the hotels is approximately $1500 per person, which I have found to be relatively reasonable with the flight, accommodations and the rental car.

I am looking for opinions on how much more spending money we would need as well as if these castles are relatively cool. Any opinions would help us tremendously.

Thank you!!!!
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Aug 30th, 2013, 10:38 PM
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We have been to Ireland in early April and mid-May and the weather we encountered was good both times. It was cool, so we needed long sleeves and sometimes needed to add a light jacket or sweater, especially in the evening. On many days, we had a short shower or drizzle, but never anything that kept us indoors as we had waterproof jackets.

I have not stayed at any of those accommodations, so I cannot comment on them. You might want to check the reviews on Trip Advisor. I used TA to research all our B&B choices and found the reviews to be a good resource. The B&Bs we chose were just as described (or better) in the reviews.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 03:27 AM
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What sense of "cool" do you have in mind?

If you mean low-temperature, then you need have no concerns. These are not medieval buildings with ill-fitting windows, doors that don't close properly, and draughts whistling through the corridors. They are relatively modern manor houses, much tarted up, with comfort factors a-plenty.

If you mean "cool" in the sense of having a "wow!" factor, that's down to individual preferences. They don't wow me but, like many Europeans, I'm not very excited by the idea of staying in a castle - been there, done that, not too concerned about whether I do it again unless the food is famously good.
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Jun 10th, 2014, 06:14 AM
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Curious - did you go on this trip and how did it work out? Was it good value? We looked at that Groupon too.

We took a Groupon trip to a cooking school in Italy and it was wonderful - we even went back a second time.

We wondered if all Groupon trips were as good as the one we took.
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Jun 10th, 2014, 08:33 AM
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It's a great value trip if you look at the Accommodation alone..

But this is an unsold Coach tour with professional drivers taking you from one place to the next...

If you want to stay in Castle Hotels then this ticks the box but you have to be confident behind the wheel of a car and not too interested in seeing any of Ireland between the points.
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