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Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

St. John's, Canada
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Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

If someone could have a look at this and add some suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

May 12: Departing Newfoundland late evening. 3h30m time difference from Ireland

May 13: Arrive Dublin mid afternoon and pick up car (Thrifty). Have local drivers cursing us on our way to Kilkenny for one night in a B&B. Between jet lag and frazzled nerves this should be an adventure for sure. Any ideas for easiest route? Looking for routes with least amount of traffic at least for the first day anyway. Also, I have a real bad feeling about those roundabouts. It will probably be a race between my wife laughing herself to death or me having an aneurysm. :)

May 14: Spend morning around Kilkenny and then drive to Corofin, County Clare to book into a farmhouse for the week. (Lakeside Cottages corofincottages.com)

May 14-21: Using corofin as a base we plan on doing the following as weather and time permit;

- Burren walk. Will do this on a good day for sure

- Boat trip from Doolin along Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands (Will be watching the wind and on a good day off we go)

- We want to go to local pubs and catch some traditional celtic music (This is pretty big in Newfoundland and we want to see where it all comes from)

- A couple days just exploring, driving around and seeing what we see.

May 21- 25: Cork

A good friend I grew up with here in Newfoundland is now working in Cork and wants us to come stay with him for a few days so we will be using Cork as a base for these days. He will be the tour guide more or less for those days. But we do have a few items;

- Dingle area

- Explore coastal areas, small towns, pubs, etc.

May 25-27: Dublin

We want to give ourselves a full day in Dublin to just walk around and see a few things. Intend to drop the car off once we arrive in Dublin and use feet and public transport.

Last few questions:

I'm 6'5" and a big guy as well, I intend to rent a Toyota Avensis or similar model of car. Any advice in that area. That class of car with auto transmission is going to be about 500 euros, Manual transmission is not an option to make this cheaper. Any advice with regards to the European models would be greatly appreciated.

I believe this is long enough, we are getting pretty excited now. Trip was supposed to be last year but thanks to the volcano it was postponed to this year.

Thanks for any advice.

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1. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

boomer

I drove from Dublin airport to Kilkenny last summer - on a Sunday morning, when the roads were all but deserted. Once you get away from the busy roads around the airport, it's a pretty easy drive.

Have a look on this web-site where you can plot your route:

http://www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes/

and here's some information about roundabouts - you'll be fine!

www.drivingschoolireland.com/roundabouts.html

Clare:

Corofin is a nice little village right on the edge of the Burren - one of my favourite areas in Ireland (just returned last night from a short break in Clare!). Do go to Bofey Quinn's which is in the village centre; you can't miss it - a bright orange building. Good pub food, and according to a friend, great music:

clare.ie/pubs_dining/…bofey_quinns-474.html

This web-site has some great walks listed:

http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/

I did this one last year:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

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and here are some of my favourite places in the area:

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this is a nice shop to stock up with a few delicacies:

http://www.burrensmokehouse.ie/

and in the pretty village of Ballyvaughan, you'll find a nice little farmers market each Saturday (14th May), selling delicious local produce. You'll be in Clare for the slow food festival:

www.ballyvaughanireland.com/markets-page.html

Cork

I just love the south/south-west coast of Cork - very pretty indeed! Do try to get out to Baltimore (ferry sailings to the islands of Sherkin and Clear), and also Mizen Head for beautiful views:

http://www.westcork.ie/

http://www.baltimore.ie/

http://www.capeclearisland.com/

http://www.schull.ie/

http://www.mizenhead.net

I think a day-trip visit to Dingle would be a bit of a long haul. Maybe consider spending a night in Dingle?? You wouldn't regret it - great music in the pubs!

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

http://www.dodingle.com/

http://dinglenews.com/events.asp

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Can't help very much with car information, I'm afraid, except to comment that Toyota Avensis are available in Ireland - although the rental company won't guarantee a specific model of car, just car size. Be sure to check this list to see if the rate quoted covers all these items:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g186591-c138899/Ire…

:-)

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2. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

A friend of mine is 6'6" and drives an Avensis. It's a little tight for the back seat passenger behind him, but otherwise no problem

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3. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

Only 3 hours time difference from Ireland - wow, you guys are really far east!

Don't worry about the roundabouts - they have a natural flow that you'll get used to. The cars in the circle have the right of way - if there's no one coming, you don't have to stop, just enter. If you miss your exit out of the circle, no problem! - just keep driving around the circle until you find it!

St. John's, Canada
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4. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

Sarniagirl, Thanks for all the links. We'll be using some of the suggestions for sure. Looking forward to the smoked salmon at the burren smokehouse.

Soonas, Sounds like that class of car will be the way to go for sure. Thanks for the reassurance.

Trintraveler, Newfoundland is closer to Ireland than to the other side of Canada. A lot of Newfoundlanders have strong Irish roots and you can hear it in the accents and the music.

Keep driving around the circle,,,, how many times can you go around before the ridicule starts I wonder?

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5. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

No one else will be in the circle long enough to notice you're still there :)

I'll have to visit Newfoundland someday........

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6. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

This web site might help with the height issue. Someone who is 6'8'' reviews the Toyota Avensis (older model):

www.tallclub.co.uk/reviews/index.asp…

And, this review - also out of the UK - comments positively on the vehicle's suitability for tall adults:

carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/…review

St. John's, Canada
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7. Re: Proposed Itinerary for May 13-27.

Thanks for the reply regarding the car. I'll be booking it real soon.

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