restful days in ireland

Jul 16th, 2003, 07:19 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
restful days in ireland

The following is my itinerary for Ireland at the end of July:

Days 1 & 2: Dublin
Days 3 & 4: Galway
Day 5: Clifden
Day 6: Westport?

We still have days 7 & 8 open (before having to head back to Dublin on Day 9, and leave on Day 10). We would like to stay somewhere on the way back to Dublin for days 7 & 8, and are thinking Kilkenny City might be a nice stop. Does anyone have any suggestions for us? Thanks.
seannag is offline  
Jul 16th, 2003, 03:26 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 47
In May, in addition to Dublin and Galway, we visited Kilkenny, Cashel (Co. Tipperary), and Ennis. Kilkenny was fast-paced and full of traffic, but has some interesting sites. We loved Cashel, but it might be more crowded in July. (The ruins on the Rock are wonderful; also Hore Abbey ruins a short walk away.) I really enjoyed Ennis. It is an active city, but friendly with nice pubs and lots of music.
There are several small towns and ruins in the area of Kilkenny that I could not visit because I didn't have a car. Took the train to Thomastown and walked to Jerpoint Abbey -- it was a highlight of my trip. Kells Priory and Kilree Round Tower & High Crosses are near the town of Kells, 13km south of Kilkenny. And Nicholas Mosse Pottery is made in Bennetsbridge, not far from Kilkenny. You can see that I plan to go back and rent a car next time!
Hope you have a great time.
shashie is offline  
Jul 16th, 2003, 03:56 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,067
Hmmm, restful? Sounds like a good plan! Kilkenny doesn't come directly to mind when you say restful though. It's an pretty energetic town. As shashie said, it's fast-paced. Plus, if you were to draw lines between your other stops, Kilkenny wouldn't be close to the others.

Personally, if it were my own trip, I would do one of a couple of things:
1)Add more time in Connemara. The interior around Lough Inagh, Kylemore Abbey, Sky Road, the Southern Coast. It's a beautiful area.
2) Slip a trip to the Beara penninsula in somewhere.
3) Add time in the Burren area
4) Put Galway last before the drive back to Dublin. We made Galway-Dublin in 4 hours, without the stop for lunch. It's a major road all the way back.
5) If a place midway is of the biggest interest, perhaps somewhere near Clonmacnois?
Clifton is offline  
Jul 21st, 2003, 07:04 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
This is great! Thank you so much for your help...
seannag is offline  
Jul 21st, 2003, 08:42 AM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 102

Spend two nights in Clifden - great little town and music. Don't go as far North as Westport - with such a short trip.

Ennis is a great little town - so is Doolin (Cliffs of Mohr) - great music towns.

You'll love Galway - good idea to do it on the way back.

Have fun!
TamT is offline  
Jul 21st, 2003, 12:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
If you are going to stay in Kilkenny. Go to Kilgraney House. This shows Ireland heritage and romantic houses at its best and the food is a must. It only had about 10 rooms but is fantastic. I am from IReland and believe me, I have been to a lot of places
Peugeot is offline  
Jul 22nd, 2003, 01:58 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,635
Kilkenny is a bit out of the way if you are driving from Westport (County Mayo) to Dublin. I would opt for staying in County Mayo, in Knock (one of Ireland's holy places) on Mayo's eastern border.

In May'03 I stayed in Ballina, right on the Moy River (BrigOwn B&B) and it was very nice.
NEDSIRELAND is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Apr 28th, 2015 03:31 PM
Mar 16th, 2015 10:27 AM
Jun 4th, 2013 04:23 PM
Mar 3rd, 2006 02:47 AM
Jul 21st, 2004 07:52 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:17 AM.