Two week break in Ireland

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Feb 24th, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Two week break in Ireland

Eight of us - two couples and four children - are spending a two-week holiday in Ireland this June.
We are planning to stay on the west coast and perhaps have a two base break with a week at each venue.
Can anyone suggest the best places to stay for access to a wide variety of views, activities, sites and history - and pubs - and which places would be best to visit while we are there?
Look forward to any help.
Thanks in advance
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Feb 28th, 2011, 08:12 AM
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Hi Jim,

There are lots of options for your group especially along the west coast. Suggest staying in Co. Galway (Connemara region and Galway city) or Co. Clare (The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, etc.) for a week and then move south to the Kerry/Cork region.

Killarney is obviously a favourite for most people visiting the area with the Ring of Kerry Driving Route and of course Killarney National Park with its variety of top attractions including Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House & Gardens, Dinis Cottage, Meeting of the Waters, etc. Plus Killarney has lots of pubs and restaurants and is a nice town for wandering around with souvenir shops, local crafts and so on.

And if you base yourself in Killarney you can easily reach other parts of Kerry such as the Dingle Peninsula while the scenery of West Cork and the shopping of Cork City are less than 2 hours drive away.
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Feb 28th, 2011, 03:04 PM
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Allowing for the limited tolerance of children to long hours in the back of a car, maybe you might be better not to try to see the whole of the west coast - even if you have two weeks at your disposal.

Exploring islands offers great days out - you have Clare Island, Inishbofin and the Aran Islands are all available to you if you base yourself in the Westport/Connemara area.
All have daily ferry services and your party is the ideal size for a flight over to Inishmore on one of Aer Arann's islander planes.
Westport has also the nearby challenge of climbing Croagh Patrick if the kids are big enough and there is a relatively new ten mile cycle track between Newport and Mulrany, using a disused railway track completely free of any road traffic.

County Clare might not offer enough for a full week's activities (Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty Folk Park) but you could divide the second week between there and the Dingle Peninsula.
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Mar 5th, 2011, 10:10 AM
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We went to West Cork last year & got 2 houses together at http://www.sandycovebeach.com
There were beaches across the road , we took day trips to Lough Hyne & Baltimore , Beara peninsula & mizen head , the ladies did a shopping trip to Cork City & ranted about the packo shop in Bandon , We also went to Blarney Castle , with a few days rest in between for the adults to rest up .
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