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IRELAND: Make reservations ahead of time?

Old Sep 15th, 2005, 10:10 AM
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IRELAND: Make reservations ahead of time?

The wife and I are leaving for Ireland very soon. We're arriving in Dublin 9/28 and leaving Shannon on 10/7. So far, we only have the hotel booked for Dublin. We are planning on staying at various B&B's along the way to Shannon; going through Wicklow, Kilkenny, Cashel, Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Doolin and Bunratty. Do you think we'll need to make all of our B&B reservations in advance? Or can we call ahead the day before in case our plans change, which I'm sure that they will, as we progress through our trip?

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Old Sep 15th, 2005, 10:34 AM
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Since this is the off-season you should not have any problem booking a day or two ahead. I do that myself when possible to retain good flexibility in the itinerary.
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I would definitely book your final night in Bunratty as well. A lot of the nicer B&B's fill up quickly. I have stayed at Headley Court twice and loved it both times. It is at the end of the High road , down from the Castle. There are a number of nice B&B's on that road, but on my first trip over, they were all booked well ahead of time. I ended up liking Headley Court, so it didn't matter , but it is still a good idea for your last night.

Also , depending on where you will be over the weekend ( Fri 30th & Sat 1st) you may want to book those. If you are in a smaller town, it may not be an issue, but places like Kilkenny can be very busy on weekend nights.

A big part of it comes down to how much time you want to spend looking for places , vs precious sightseeing time. AND how important location & price are to you. If you do decide to 'wing it' - pay attention to what time sunset is. You will want to be in town before that , so that you can find your new B&B in daylight. The streets are not overly well lit there
I personally like to have it all planned out, so that
a) I know exactly where I am going & can get directions ahead of time
b) I can research other reviews of each place
and c) get the best value for my money.

Only you can decide what is most important to you.
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No need to book ahead .There are plenty of B&B's all over the the towns you are going to.It is more fun to stumble upon a charming property then hunting before dark for one that you have reserved.Just make sure you are in walking distance of the Pubs.
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Have not travelled in Ireland recently..but in Europe we usually book first and last nights and wing the rest...do not even bother to book ahead..we usually travel early Fall. I think much depends on your budget. We have some nights when we stay in a really cheap motel or B&B and others when we are in a really fancy hotel. You also have to get on with your travel companion and be ready for anything...but that is part of the fun for us.
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