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Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

Lafayette, Indiana
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Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

I thought I would take part in a guided tour from Dublin to Bunratty and then do some travelling on my own (thinking I will be more comfortable by then), but wondering which places I should make sure to see. Rock of Cashel or Glendalough, (one is on one tour the other is on a second), and is it too much to see Cliffs of Moher (which is on both tours), Dun Aengus, and Slieve League or should i choose Monasterboice, Bruna Boinne, and Tara as a day trip from Dublin instead of maybe Glendalough. (or should i go to Clonmacnoise?) I know I can't do it all, but do want to go to Donegal castle as my great -grandmother was an O'Donnell so Slieve League would be right there and not as touristy I hear. Which should i prioritize??? I don't want to be too touristy although my boyfriend insists we go to Blarney. It is on both tours as well as Ring of Kerry. I would like to see ruins, Celtic cementaries, castles and cliffs. Thank you for your advice!!!

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1. Re: Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

Good for you.

Come and enjoy.

Guernsey, United...
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2. Re: Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

Sorry, but I find your post a bit confusing! What time of year, and for how long do you plan to visit Ireland?

And what duration are the tours you mention (ie how many days, and where do they start and finish : Dublin?)

Do you intend to rent a car to travel around after the tour, or use public transport?

If you can give us more information, we'll be better aided to answer your query!


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3. Re: Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

I can't even imagine how Dun Aengus is visitable on a day trip from Dublin, unless you spend most of the day travelling for a very short visit to the site itself.

I think it sounds like you may need more than one base for the things you want to see in Ireland. The places you want to see in Donegal and Galway would really benefit from overnighting in those areas.

Blarney is quite doable as a day trip from Dublin without needing a tour, but it won't occupy your whole day without adding somewhere else in the area. Get the early train to Cork and the bus out to Blarney. Then in the afternoon, you can look around Cork City, Cobh or visit the distillery in Midleton.

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4. Re: Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

Depending on transport and how much time you have it might be better to just stick with one half of the country above or below a line from Dublin to Galway. Donegal and Slieve League are in the north-west of the country and cannot easily be part of a tour or day trip. There are other attractions on the way such as Enniskillen castle (Maguire clan) which is well worth visiting, monastic Devenish Island and the city of Derry/Londonderry one of the most historic places in Ireland. Giants Causeway and Dunluce castle together with Belfast for the Titanic exhibition is also worth a visit and far more interesting in my opinion than either Bunratty or Blarney

Cork, Ireland
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5. Re: Help on choosing best sites in Ireland to visit

Don't worry, all of the places you mention are worth seeing. Prioritise your trip based on your must sees some of which you have already mentioned and go with the itinerary that matches them best.

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