Itinerary help for Dingle stay

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Sep 10th, 2005, 08:15 PM
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Itinerary help for Dingle stay

I'm landing in Shannon at 10am on a Friday morning and will be staying in Dingle for two nights.(then heading up to Dublin) I have two questions for those who've been here before:
#1 - Assuming my flight lands on-time @10am, I'll attempt to be conservative and assume I won't collect my bags & be ready to go with my rental car until approx 12 noon. Will I have time to drive northwest to see Cliffs of Moher, then turn around and head to Dingle and make it there by late afternoon/early evening in time to check in & enjoy an evening in Dingle? I've read that the traffic can be surprisingly slow.
(If it's too hectic,I guess i'll just try to find different sight(s) more conveniently situated between Shannon & Dingle for day 1)

#2 - Can anyone make a recommendation for a very nice B&B in Dingle, with parking & within walking distance from town center?
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Sep 11th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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Can you do this? Yes. Will you be tired as all get out from jetlag? I guess that depends upon you.

Here's a website to give you approximate drive times.
http://www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes/

It's about 1 hour to The Cliffs. From there you will have to take the Killmer/Tarbert Ferry near Kilrush. That leg will take about an hour. Then you will have to wait for the ferry, and make the ferry crossing -- could be a total time of an hour. From Tarbert to Dingle via the Connor Pass could take a little over 2.5 hours. That's a lot of driving the first day.
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Sep 11th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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Cill Bhreac House-Breakfasts are supposed to be great!

Emlagh Lodge-scenic location

Milltown House-Mark, Anne & Tara Kerry are nice people. Nice rooms and good breakfasts. Short drive to town.
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Sep 11th, 2005, 01:50 PM
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Thought I'd add one more thing. We landed at 7:30 am in Shannon. I drove straight through to Dingle. It was all I could do to find a place to eat, and wait for the room to be ready. (B&B's don't check in until late afternoon.) After the meal, the four of us slept about 4 hours. Don't try to do too much the first day. Driving's hard enough if your not used to the roads, etc. Hope this helps!
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Sep 11th, 2005, 03:44 PM
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We had a wonderful stay in Dingle at the Greenmount Lodge. Fabulous breakfasts, wonderful room with a great bathroom that had both a tub and separate shower. Classy yet comfortable, 50 euro per person, perhaps less not in summer. About a 5-10 minute walk to town, so you're so close without the noise of staying right in the center/ Loved Dingle. Went to a folk concert at St. James Church one night- 2 UC Santa Cruz grads organize these wonderful concerts,musicians from all over join in. We heard a terrific Polish young woman sing Bossa Nova in Polish, along with a Scot, and Englishman, as well as some Irish traditional musicians.
As far as driving north to see the Cliffs before you head south- I wouldn't. Lots to see around Dingle and area without losing time running from opposite points.
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Sep 11th, 2005, 06:36 PM
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I'd be extremely cautious about driving in a left-drive country the day of a transatlantic flight.

I can recommend the Captain's House b&b in Dingle town; we walked up the street with rolling bags from the bus station easily.
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Sep 11th, 2005, 06:43 PM
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I found Greenmount House very comfortable. Read trip advisor for the raves.
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Sep 11th, 2005, 07:01 PM
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I can also recommend the Captain's House. Excellent breakfast and very comfortable.

Last year I landed in Dublin, rented a car, and drove through the Wicklow mountains to Kilkenny with several stops in between. While jet lag made it more challenging, it was doable. Adrenaline is your friend. Although I there were no mishaps, I wouldn't do it again.
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