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My Plan-Comments Welcome

02/21/10

Flight DUB

02/22/10

Walk and visit Dublin sites. Purchase Heritage cards.

  

02/23/10

Glendalough Village Ireland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glendalough

53°00'37″N 6°19'39″W

Lunch at The Glendalough Hotel

www.glendaloughhotel.com/dining_facilities

Kilkenny Castle

http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/en/

52°39'01″N 07°14'57″W

 

02/24/10

Rock of Cashel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Cashel

52°31'12″N 7°53'24″W

Curragh, Ireland

51.967314,-7.712713

Blarney Castle

http://www.blarneycastle.ie/

51°55'44″N 8°34'15″W

 

02/25/10

Toy Factory

princeaugust.ie/cork-visitor-centre-activiti…

51.9011°N 9.0809°W

Ballybunion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballybunion

52°30'42″N 9°40'31″W

02/26/10

King John’s Castle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_John's_Castle_(Limerick)

52°40'11″N 8°37'32″W

Bunratty Folk Park

shannonheritage.com/Entertainment/…

52°41'48″N 8°48'42″W

 

02/27/10

Kylemore Abbey

http://www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie/

53°33'42″N 9°53'17″W

02/28/10

Dublin

 

03/01/10 Flight from DUB

If Possible:

Quin Ireland :

www.castleduncan.com/forum/index.php…

www.castleduncan.com/forum/index.php…

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1. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

Short days + unpredictable weather = February driving conditions.

King Johns is not worth it - a planned rejuvenation (hardly a good word for a castle mareover) is in the pipeline, but unless you have a reason to be in Limerick....it is not a highlight.

Quin Abbey will still be closed for the season, and Bunratty in itself is not a good enough reason to visit the midwest.

My thoughts are that you should either visit the southwest - or Galway ...given the time of year and length of your trip.

Can you fly home from Shannon in county Clare?

http://www.shannonairport.com/home.aspx

There are good connections to NY - depending on your airline...and this would save time on the road.

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2. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

Thanks!

Will drop King Johns castle then. I can't change flight as they bought and paid for.

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3. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

My comments inline below prefixed by ####

02/21/10

Flight DUB

02/22/10

Walk and visit Dublin sites. Purchase Heritage cards.

#### Yes doable.  

02/23/10

Glendalough Village Ireland

Lunch at The Glendalough Hotel

Kilkenny Castle

#### I would prefer a pub lunch at Lynhams of Laragh, only 1km from Glendalough, about 5mins. Glendalough is beautiful. Expect to spend at least 2 hours there.

Kilkenny castle may be closed when you get there especially if you lunch in Glendalough or wherever. Be prepared for that. The grounds around the castle (while not spectacular) are still interesting and are always open (free entry to the grounds) 

02/24/10

Rock of Cashel

Curragh, Ireland

Blarney Castle

#### This is very busy but doable. Personally I would pick one or the other. In this case as you are heading to Cork anyway so Blarney castle should be your focus. If you get to ROC at opening time 09:30, and spend 2 hours there, then head to Blarney you should be in time for Blarney castle.

02/25/10

Prince August Toy Factory

Ballybunion

####This is a BIG travel day. Do you really want to visit Ballybunion. I would recommend that you stay in Killarney rather than Ballybunion. More options for you there for this too short visit.

02/26/10

King John’s Castle

Bunratty Folk Park

#### Doable but Ferdia35 has already given you advice on this part of your itinerary. 

02/27/10

Kylemore Abbey

#### Another BIG drive for you, a lot to see in one day. Connemara is beautiful. If you can cut Kylemore out, you would get better value by doing a mini tour of beautiful County Clare and not venture up past Galway to get to Kylemore. Cliffs of Moher in County Clare is a very popular sight.

02/28/10

Dublin

#### Doable. You could visit Clonmacnoise on the way back to Dublin. It’s about halfway and Clonmacnoise is very nice. If you miss Cashel on your other day, then Clonmacnoise monastic settlement is just as good, if not better.

 

Your itinerary is very busy and some of it could be changed to give you more value for the time spent in your car. Would you like me to tweak it for you, or are your locations set in stone?

By the way, you do mean 2011 – don’t you?

Edited: 16 February 2011, 17:27
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4. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

I am a bit confused, why are you including the Curragh in a journey from Kilkenny to Blarney via Cashel?

I would also suggest you drop Ballybunion and spend some extra time in Killarney. Ballybunion involves quite a detour and is very quiet in Feb

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5. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

The trip is next week. I have been reading and minimal posting on this site. I think the driving is a bit of a stretch but don’t mind getting up and going. It is based on a big circle with Dublin the start and finish line.

Barney Castle night and Bunratty Castle nights are locked in.

Any tweaking would be appreciated.

Son and nephew would enjoy ruins etc welcome mother would like to shop.

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6. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

Are you attending the banquet in Bunratty?

If not - there's reliable entertainment a couple of miles away .... a big show by Shannon Musical Soc (some of the Bunratty entertainers will form part of the cast) - althought certainly not a traditional show..it should be a bit of craic; particularly as you'll be in the area on the closing night:

facebook.com/pages/…123926296605

Ruins....well; how about taking the day after Bunratty in the Burren in county Clare...then make your way to Galway for the night?

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/TakeTheTour.aspx

If your children like Harry Potter - the above link will familiar...as in featured in one of the movies.

Although not as impressive as Quin, Corcomroe will be open:

clarelibrary.ie/eolas/…corcomroe_abbey.htm

Also - the quirky Kilfenora with its high crosses never fails to disappoint:

theburrencentre.ie/the-centre/kilfenora-cath…

The Poulnabone Dolman is an iconic part of Ireland's heritage:

www.ancientireland.org/poulnabrone/index.htm

Ailwee Caves are also popular:

http://www.aillweecave.ie/

All these attractions are quite close to each other, and will save you from vast episodes in your car.

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7. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

Have another look at your map-Rock of Cashel BACK UP to the Curragh, then BACK DOWN to Blarney is madness. You are driving up and down the same road and adding miles. Why do you want to visit the Curragh?If it's for horses,we have lots of them, all over the place!!

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8. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

If shopping is your thing, the shops across from Kilkenny castle are full of quality Irish crafts.

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9. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

"Also - the quirky Kilfenora with its high crosses never fails to disappoint..."

Not what I meant to write ...of course....although now I am having second thoughts :)....

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10. Re: My Plan-Comments Welcome

Thanks for all the excellent comments!

I am going to Curragh as I took my daughter there last year and found a nice little beach area that is very photogenic and peaceful.

So much to see and it seems almost impossible to get enough done in 8 days and 7 nights.

I think I am going to add a few of the recommendations. And will have to plan for another trip as I am going to leave a lot unseen.