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Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

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Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland and are thinking of landing in Dublin and staying there. We thought of taking day trips by train to see the rest of the country. We do not want to drive, but don't want to spend all our time with a tour group either. What are everyone's thoughts on day trips from Dublin, and the best place to stay without spending all our time getting to the train station?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

Ireland is bigger than you think. In my opinion you'd be wasting a lot of your precious/expensive time going back and forth to Dublin.

If you definitely don't want to drive I would pick 2 or 3 cities/towns like: Dublin, Galway and Kilarney from these you would be able to take tours to the sights in the surrounding area. Or Dublin, Cork, and or Galway, Kilarney. All of the above are fed by the Irish Rail System or Buses.

From Dublin you could do, Newgrange, Glendalough, Kilkenny or Belfast for example.

From Galway do, Connemara, the Aran Islands, Cliff of Moher and the Burren

From Kilarney the Ring of Kerry and Kilarney National Park.

Cork would give you Blarney Castle and Cobh in addition to the city itself.

The trouble with all this is it gives you no opportunity to get off the major tour route but without a car or the ability or desire to hike that what you will have to contend with.

I chose to drive and I loved it. The driving and the freedom it gave me.

I hope this helps.

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2. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

I like Dublin,( its the only city I do like), but dont spend all of your two weeks there!!

Take kajo's advice and go to Galway or Killarney (or both) for a few days each.

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3. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

As kajo50 says, you have plenty of options for day trips from Dublin. And if you don't want to take escorted day tours you could move around with bus or train. Kilkenny, Belfast, Kildare, Bray and Wicklow are all worth a visit.

Kilkenny is a lovely medieval town, famous for its hurling team, Smithwick's Brewery and Castle. The atmosphere is really lively and there are plenty of traditional pubs where you can enjoy a good night out listening to Irish music!

Belfast is just 2 hours away from Dublin and you can easily get there by bus or train. Belfast is a very interesting city, I would spend a couple of hours in the Titanic Exhibition Centre and I would also recommend a Black Taxi Tour, one of the most original ways to know more about the history of this city.

The National Stud and the Japanese Gardens are also a good idea for a day trip. And if you feel like shopping, the Kildare Village is really close!

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4. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

as others have pointed out, sadly you spend precious time getting to bus/train locations and eat up time along the way if they have to make stops to drop off/pick up new passengers....not to mention, dublin is the most expensive place to stay in ireland .....

like kajo, i drive....i'm 67 years old and if i can do it you can too....otherwise just pick a few places to get to by public transport and then take day trips....also pointed out, this will not give you the opportunity to visit the small villages, sit beside a local in a pub and have a chat, etc.......

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5. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

2-3 days Dublin: Do at least one walking tour (pub crawl, literary tour, ghost tour). Go to one or more theatre shows (Gate, Abbey, Project Arts Center, Smock Alley, Gaiety). Prowl around Temple Bar for an afternoon or evening and enjoy the variety of live music. Wander the colorful streets and enjoy St. Stephens Park, Grafton Street, high tea at the Merrion Hotel (need reservations), etc.

2-3 days Belfast: The Titanic Museum – could be the best museum you’ve ever visited. A Black Cab tour – it’ll pick you up at the museum and drop you off there or anywhere within reason. Do a bus-top city tour. Take a day tour to Giant’s Causeway.

2-4 days Galway/Aran Islands/Connemara: Stroll Galway’s pedestrian street at night for live music and dinner. Get a tour of picturesque Connemara district. Hop a ferry to an Aran Island and stay overnight there if you can. Taxi to eat at Morans Oyster Cottage.

If you can manage a stay in a small West Coast village such as Dingle or Doolin for a couple of nights, that would be really special, especially for the live traditional music sessions in the pubs, and the simpler lifestyle you’ll be a part of.

One of the most wonderful things to do in Ireland is to simply hang out in conversation with the Irish people. Make time to linger in pubs over a hot whisky or a pint of Guinness. Say hello to diners next to your table at meals, as well as shopkeepers in the markets and even pedestrians on the streets. Relax and let the conversation and good times roll!

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6. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

my father came from county galway and i want to spend alot of time in that county. I plan to fly into shannon and rent a car but do not know where to stay maybe bed and breakfast because i was raised with Irish people and miss them sooo much . I would like information about places to stay and visit in Galway. Also tips about travel to Ireland in general!!! thanks

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7. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

We have changed the plan a bit- based on advice from this website. We will spend 4 days in Galway, 3 days in Limerick, and 3 days in Kilarney, and spend the rest of the time in Dublin before heading back home. We REALLY want to do a Hawk Walk- possibly the one at Ailwee Caves. We are looking for a place to stay thats close to the caves- would like to be able to take a cab to the caves. It seems like Galway would be close if there was a ferry (hahaha). Any thoughts?

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8. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

@ Jean M

You might like to check this out; I saw the boat when I was in Ballyvaughan, but the web-site is a bit vague on operating times/dates. Worth an email :

http://www.ballyvaughanbayhop.com/index.html

If you don't want to break your journey by spending a night in Ballyvaughan, there's also the option of taking the bus from Galway :

www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1360753024-050.pdf

You can walk from the Village to the entrance to Aillwee :

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

I can vouch for the Burren Birds of Prey Hawk Walk, having experienced it many years ago. We are regular visitors to Aillwee, and my 9-year-old daughter is a Volunteer there, helping with the flight displays. I think we've made over 20 visits this year!

flickr.com/photos/…

When are you planning to visit? We'll be in Clare the last week of May.

Edited: 20 November 2013, 18:54
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9. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

@ cgreene2013

Your query might be a bit "lost" in this post. Best to start your own!

To get you started, Have a look at the right-hand side of this page under "top questions" for a wealth of useful information on visiting Ireland.

Plus :

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g186591-c138981/Ire…

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

http://www.connemara.ie/

http://www.roundstone.ie/index.php

http://www.oughterardtourism.com/

http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/

http://www.kylemoreabbey.com/

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10. Re: Planning 2 week trip to Ireland May 2014

Can you recommend a good place to stay in Ballyvaughan? It sounds like it would be fun to spend some time in a small Irish town, since most of our trip will be spent in larger cities. Also, how does the Milk Market in Limerick compare to the Ballyvaughan Farmers Market? Are either of these worth visiting?