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Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

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Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

My friend and I are taking our 18yr old daughters on a European trip June 2018. We have 4 nights in Ireland: Landing in Shannon on a Tues at 7:30am; Departing Dublin on a Sat at 9am. We want to spend 2 nights in Dublin, so we basically have all day Tuesday, Wed, and part of Thurs to make our way from Shannon to Dublin. I was thinking of going to Bunratty Castle Tues AM, lunch there; drive to Cliffs of Moher for the afternoon; Then -- where to stay? Should we go to the town of Ennis, or up to Galway? Should we do one night in Ennis then one night in Galway then make our way to Dublin? Are there other things "not to miss" in that general area?

- OR - Should we instead head south from Shannon airport and do the Ring of Kerry, Cork, or Dingle before heading to Dublin?

Our daughters are adventurous and are looking forward to time at fun pubs (since they are legal there!). We are interested in soaking up the culture and seeing and doing all we can without spending our entire days in the car. Any suggestions are welcome!!! Thank you in advance :)

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1. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

Two nights each in Galway and Dublin.

Troy, Michigan
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2. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

I'll second Galway. It's a young, college town, very walkable, big selection of restaurants and pubs, lots to do, and it's a beautiful town. Great for 18 year olds and everyone else.

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3. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

Another vote for Galway. Because of your time constraints I would head North and not South to Kerry and Cork.

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4. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

Considering jet lag, I think either Bunratty or the Cliffs need to go. Don't forget to factor in the time it will take to actually VISIT those locations, when planning.

SNN to Galway, via the Cliffs: https://goo.gl/maps/ieG659NNNdH2 Ignore Google's overly optimistic 'Drive Time' -- as a first-time visitor, I would realistically estimate FOUR (4) hours of Driving time (Plus, 1-2 hours for the visit). That's a LONG day after an over-night flight.

Adding in Bunratty -- probably an additional 45 minutes to one hour of total drive time, plus a minimum, 1-2 hours to tour the grounds and you now have an IMPOSSIBLY long day, given that it will be your Arrival day, in MY opinion.

Whitney, Texas
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5. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

sadly you have such a short time maybe see things in and around Shannon Airport (Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Bunratty, etc.......then head to Dublin....

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6. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

Thanks everyone for your feedback! Note we are starting our trip the previous weekend in London so we have time to get acclimated and only have a short flight from LON to SNN on Tues morn. Appreciate the feedback on drive times. We will definitely take that into consideration.

So...,we will plan two nights in Galway, after seeing Cliffs of Moher our first day. We'd like to hit some castles too. Any suggestions of one along our drive from Galway to Dublin?

Thanks again for any and all suggestions!

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7. Re: Shannon to Dublin in 4 Days - 2 Moms & 18yr old daughters

If coming off a morning flight from England (with NO jet lag) then your original plan of Bunratty and Cliffs is 'do-able' -- particularly in June.

I would still aim for Galway as the night's destination. It's a vibrant, 'college' town that is sure to please the 18 y.o., yet also entertain the rest of you. The next day offers up the possibility of a driving tour of Connemara (Aghnanure Castle, Celtic Crystal, Connemara Marble, Quiet Man Bridge, Kylemore Abbey, Roundstone and Clifden are possible sites) heritageireland.ie/en/west/aughnanurecastle/

OR, a day trip to Inishmore might appeal (you can't visit a more impressive Cliff fort than Dun Aonghasa) aranislands.ie/dun-aonghasa-world-heritage-s…

Along the drive back to Dublin (with a BIT of detouring):

www.heritageireland.ie/en/west/athenrycastle/

http://www.athlonecastle.ie/

You could eat lunch IN a castle, at Tyrrellspass, https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie…

It's just beyond Kilbeggan and just North of Tullamore distilleries:

http://www.kilbeggandistillery.com/

https://www.tullamoredew.com/en-gb/visit-us/ (Charleville Castle is nearby, as well).

Another worthwhile detour: meath.ie/Tourism/…

Ireland's Largest castle -- Film site for "Braveheart" -- and much more.

Now, you won't be able to visit ALL of these on the drive from Galway to Dublin -- even in June -- but it does provide some options.

Route Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zLAGAW5LbEH2

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