Quick Trip Thru Ireland (6 days)

Old Mar 7th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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Quick Trip Thru Ireland (6 days)

I know I can't see everything in Ireland in 6 days, but it's all I have.

Was wondering how this schedule would be, considering I've never driven through there and all--I've no idea, really.

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin. Explore a bit of that the first afternoon.

Day 2: Down to Kilkenny & Waterford. Spend night near Cobh.

Day 3: Cork/Blarney. Spend night in Co. Kerry.

Day 4: Explore the Ring. Spend another night in Kerry.

Day 5: Up to Moher. Spend night near Limerick.

Day 6: Drive back to Dublin and explore some more.

Day 7: Flight out.

Doable? Enjoyable? Please, suggestions.
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Old Mar 8th, 2007, 03:37 AM
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go to www.aaroadwatch.ie plug in a starting place and an ending place and it will tell you the miles. DO NOT use the estimated time there and your best bet is to average 35mph for your times and to be safest...30mph

It also depends on what time of year you are going in regards to sunset times for driving- you really DO NOT want to drive in the dark.

Day 2- you will be taking pictures as you drive by everything without stopping. You would have to spend the night in Waterford and this throws off your whole plan.

Check roadwatch, remember that signage is almost nonexistant and even with a good navigator you can get lost. Everything in Ireland runs on a slower pace outside of the city and you will find yourself following along.

Just as an example-An 80 mile drive from Cahir to Killarney (with no plans to stop anywhere specific) took 3 hours plus 1/2 hour figuring out where our b&b was once we got there. (It is not as frustrating as it sounds as long as you are aware BEFORE you go and plan accordingly)

Good luck

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I would certainly consider the open jaw option on the flight....ie fly into Dublin, and go home out of Shannon. That way you only have to make a one way journey for the sights, without having to get all the way back to Dublin.

Heed the advice that it takes a LOT longer to go distances there than you might guess. And it was near Kenmare where a wizend old farmer answered my request for directions somewhere with..

" well if it'd there I'd be goin', it wouldn't be from here I'd be staartin' "

Classic really. Good luck
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Thanks for a good chuckle, roussillon!
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Do you like driving? Because that is what you will be doing almost all the time if you adopt that programme. You seem to have overlooked the possibility of stopping to see things.

Six days, possibly starting with jetlag, and starting and finishing in Dublin: it's akin to madness.

There is more to Ireland than Kilkenny, Waterford Glass, the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher. In fact, that selection is pretty well unrepresentative of Ireland. It's tourist Ireland, all packaged up to sell to you.

I suggest that you tear up your programme and start over. Perhaps try the east coast, where there is plenty of good stuff to see.

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I agree with Padraig, there are wonderful places to visit on the east coast. Go down to Wicklow, go up to Carlingford in county Louth and take your time and spend a day or two. I managed to spend 3 weeks in this area and loved every minute of it. By the way I used train service for that trip along with some taxis.
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Look at your route - then figure on averaging 30-35 mph - and then re-think the whole thing. Sorry, but that's the cold, hard truth.
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We had to make the same decision two years ago. We decided we'd rather enjoy being in Ireland as opposed to driving through it. As a result we traveled down the southwest. We spent a night in Dublin, one in Glendalough, on to Kilkenny, Wexford and back to Dublin. We didn't cover a lot of territory, but we got to spend time is an amazing botanical garden, hike around a lake , visit a castle, and see the coastal towns. I would recommend departing from Shannon if you still have the choice. Have fun. Don't got lost in the countryside. The roads are NOT marked.
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