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itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

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itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

Hi my husband and I are hiring a car for 12 day to drive around and see the special sights of Ireland. Would appreciate any advice on must sees. We have 2 nights in Dubliln booked as we arrive late at Dublin airport and have 2 nights booked for Abbeyglen Castle. We are arriving on 29 August 2011. Have not prebooked any other accomodation because we would like to take our time and not have to drive to a schedule. We have 14 nights to spend in Ireland all together.

Thanks for your input

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1. Re: itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

teach01

Couple of questions for you:

Are you flying back out of Dublin at the end of your trip, and what time does your flight depart?

What dates are you booked into Abbeyglen?

This information will help posters give you some ideas.

But basically, with 12 days on the road, I'd recommend you visit either "top half" of the Island: northern Ireland, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway, then work your way back to Dublin if that's where you're leaving from.

Or, travel south from Dublin through Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway.

Wouldn't recommend you try to cover the whole Island, as you'll be spending hours in the car every day with little time to get out and enjoy the many beautiful sites that await you.

Have you any specific interests: hiking, or horse riding, history etc?

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2. Re: itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

Hi

Yes we are flying out of Dublin at12.10 pm Monday12 September and are booked into Abbeyglen on 3,4 September.

We like walking and cycling, and coming from Australia, any castles history etc as we are such a young country.

thanks

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3. Re: itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

Spend your first few nights based near Dublin. Spend the first full day in and around Dublin.

Spend a day exploring the Wicklow Mountains to the south of Dublin and return to accommodation. Visit Powerscourt

http://www.powerscourt.ie/

and Glendalough

sacred-destinations.com/ireland/glendalough

Allocate another day to Newgrange and Knowth

http://www.knowth.com/newgrange.htm

with a visit to Hill of Tara before returning to Dublin base.

heritageireland.ie/en/…

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Head to Abbeyglen, visiting Clonmacnoise on the way

sacred-destinations.com/ireland/clonmacnoise

Spend a day around Connemara - Kylemore Abbey, Leenane (cruise on Killarey Harbour?) Louisbourg, Westport.

http://www.kylemoreabbey.com/

http://www.killarycruises.com/

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Next day head towards Ballyvaughan for the next 2 or 3 nights. Drive through Roundstone, Maam Cross, Oughterard and visit Aughnanure Castle on the way there.

heritageireland.ie/en/west/aughnanurecastle/

Spend a day exploring the Burren area.

http://www.burrenbeo.com/burren-overview.aspx

You may want to think about a banquet at Dunguaire Castle

http://www.kinvara.com/dunc.html

From Doolin you could do a day trip to the Aran Islands.

http://www.doolinferries.com/

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Now head for Dingle via Cliffs of Moher, and spend the remainder of your holiday exploring the Dingle Peninsula - Slea Head drive, Gallarus Oratory, Famine cottage, Kilmalkedar, Riask....

http://www.dingle-region.com/slea.htm

sacred-destinations.com/ireland/gallarus-ora…

http://www.famine-cottage.com/

www.megalithicireland.com/Kilmalkedar.htm

http://www.nd.edu/~archire/sites2005/KilmalkedarMonastery2.html

www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland/riasc.htm

Think about a day to Great Blasket Island if the weather is nice.

http://www.blasketisland.com/

Then head back to Dublin.

This gives you a good mix of history, castles, ancient monastic sites and some stunning scenery.

Edited: 19 November 2010, 22:04
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4. Re: itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

WALKING IDEAS:

There is a lovely walk along the side of Killarey Harbour. Information and details here:

pat-mors-cottage.com/KillaryHarbourWalk.aspx

There is also this walk in Leeane:

sleepzone.ie/Leenane_Walk/Default.515.html

And also this one:

sleepzone.ie/Renvyle_Walk/Default.533.html

And

www.sleepzone.ie/Dawros_Walk/Default.531.html

For a hill walk from the Connemara National Park Visitor Centre to really get the heart and lungs going...

sleepzone.ie/Diamond_Hill_Loop/Default.529.h…

The Burren Way is a long distance footpath which can be broken up into shorter sections and makes for a good walk:

There is some information here:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

There is also the Dingle Way, another long distance path which you might be interested in doing part of.

http://www.dingleway.net/

as well as the Pilgrims Route

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/cosan.html

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5. Re: itinerary ideas fofr 14 days in Ireland

Thanks so much for these ideas.

Just a quick question on accomodation. We have only booked Dublin accomodation for first 2 nights and castle for 2 nights. Do you think we need to prebook any other accomodation as we would prefer to play it by ear? We like the ideas of staying at B&Bs or local pubs.

Thanks again

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