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Taste of Ireland,1 week RT Dublin, with minimal driving

Taste of Ireland,1 week RT Dublin, with minimal driving

Nov 12th, 2009, 10:24 AM
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Taste of Ireland,1 week RT Dublin, with minimal driving

My 3 sisters and I are going to Ireland for St Patrick's day in 2010. I've been to the southwest coast and loved the beautiful scenery of Dingle, the cliffs, and Killarney. But this time we're flying RT into Dublin. Is it possible to still experience that beauty and charm while staying around Dublin? Or would it be a better idea to split the time between the Dublin area and another area(Galway)? We'd like maximum beauty (coastal, gardens), and sightseeing (castles,fishing villages, ancient sites,etc.), with minimum driving.
Thanks so much for your help.
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Nov 12th, 2009, 10:41 AM
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How long will you be there?

I'd check into Wicklow, just south of Dublin. My visit to Glendalough there was one of my favorite places on my first trip to Ireland.
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Nov 12th, 2009, 01:00 PM
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Second jent's idea to look into Wicklow. Glendalough is really special; you can get a bus from Dublin. You might want to go out to Powerscourt DART to Bray and bus to Enniskerry. The gardens will be just beginning to be nice by March 17 with luck. Take the Dart to one of the seaside towns south of Dublin.

North of Dublin to Malahide estate; toy train collection. Take a tour from Dublin to Newgrange tomb. Rent a car for a one day trip to Mellifont and Monasterboice abbey ruins and then to Trim where there is a medieval castle.

Irish Rail runs a day trip to Kilkenny--castle, craft shops, round tower, St. Canice's cathedral, Blackfriars Abbey.

Between these day trips and things to do in Dublin itself, you could spend a week to ten days.
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Nov 12th, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Another vote for Kilkenny as a day trip
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Nov 12th, 2009, 04:43 PM
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Kilkenny is a great place, definitely worth a visit if you can swing it.
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Nov 13th, 2009, 06:14 AM
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Thanks!
We'll be there 6 nights but only 5 1/2 actual sightseeing days.
After seeing the west coast on my last trip will it be disappointing to only see the east coast?
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Nov 13th, 2009, 06:16 AM
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Just want to add that none of my sisters have been to Ireland and I want them to fall in love with the country like I did on my last trip.
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Nov 13th, 2009, 06:55 AM
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Well, like I told NativeNewYorker, this is just the ultimate way to go.................ADAMS & BUTLER
Dublin -Tel; 016607975
www.privateluxurytravel.com

- Specialises in customised tours for the upper end of the market. Most tours are for small groups in chauffeur-driven cars or stretch limos, sometimes luxury mini-buses. Hellicopters are used to avoid traffic congestion, or create special itineraries.
An eight day garden tour, FOR EXAMPLE, includes private tours from owners of heritage gardens, and talks by horticultural experts, with accommodation in the best country house hotels and castles. Start thinking $5,500 including meals.
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Nov 13th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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The east coast is different, and not nearly as rugged, but I wouldn't call it disappointing. Dublin itself is a wonderful, vibrant city of a nicely manageable size, with a lot of things of interest. Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains are lovely, and have really stunning scenery, if thats what you're primarily after.
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Nov 13th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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"I want them to fall in love with the country like I did on my last trip."

As much as I love the west of Ireland, I think it's definitely possible to fall in love with the country in the east too! A drive through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough should definitely do the trick!

If you're interested, here are some pictures my son took in and around Dublin this past June, including the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough:

http://europeanadventure2009.shutterfly.com/26

You've gotten some great recommendations above.
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Nov 13th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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Agreed. They're both beautiful, just in different ways. To me it's sort of like asking if I like the lake or the beach better - I like them both, they're just different.

If you want more rugged coastline, you might check into driving yourselves or taking a tour to Northern Ireland. I haven't been myself, but I keep hearing about how gorgeous it is and it's on my list for next time! A tour would be a long day - personally I'd opt to drive myself and stay overnight - but there are companies who do it. Here's one (note, I haven't taken this tour myself, just one of several I found to give you an idea):

http://www.paddywagontours.com/viewtour.php?id=55
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Nov 13th, 2009, 03:11 PM
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The pictures are beautiful! After seeing them I'm feeling better about staying in the east which I think would be more relaxing than being on the road too much. Thanks again to everyone and any more suggestions are appreciated. Fodor's forums are the best.
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