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short trip to ireland

A friend and I are planning a short trip to ireland by car, arriving Rosslare by ferry and staying an additional 4 days. We would like to visit mainly County Clare and Galway but would like to try and fit in a visit to Dublin on the way back to Rosslare. We'd be grateful for any ideas re an itinerary, places to visit, suggeted routes etc as dont know the area well at all. Many thanks

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1. Re: short trip to ireland

Have a look at the pretty village of Ballyvaughan on the north coast of co. Clare and on the edge of the Burren. It has a good selection of guest houses and a couple of hotels, plus a few pubs:

www.ballyvaughanireland.com

www.burrenpage.com

www.burrenbeo.com/

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19855-Burren…

It's around 1hr drive to Galway (city) and 40 minutes to the cliffs of Moher:

www.cliffsofmoher.ie

What time of year are you planning to visit?

In Spring/Summer/early Autumn you can take the ferry from Doolin across to the Aran Islands, which are delightful:

www.aranislandsfastferries.com

www.inisoirr-island.com

Rosslare to Ballyvaughan is around 180 miles, and will take approx. 5hrs, depending on traffic, route. There's enough to see/do/enjoy in Clare alone to fill your 4 days:

www.clare.ie/

www.shannonheritage.com

http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/

My pictures of Clare:

flickr.com/photos/…

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I think it would be a rush to combine Clare and Galway if your 4 days includes 1 day travelling back to Wales?? And definitely "no" to Dublin - just too much!

Any chance you could stay a couple extra days?? That would make a combination of Clare and Galway much more feasible:

http://www.galway.net/tourism/visit/galway/

http://www.connemara.ie/

http://www.connemaraloop.com/

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

http://www.oughterardtourism.com/

We usually self-cater when visiting Ireland, but when I'm looking for accommodation I tend to read the reviews here on TA and also look here for inspiration:

www.sawdays.co.uk/accommodation/ireland/

and if you want to splurge, have a look here:

www.irelands-blue-book.ie

www.hiddenireland.com

Finally, this web-site will help with planning routes and gauging travel time (minimum):

www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes/

:-)

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Sarnia - what a great list for the Burren!!

Wales - I can second Sarnia's advice, and there is the other parts of Clare, like mid Clare with its castles, abbey & hill forts etc:

Quin Abbey

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g551484-d730…

Craggaunowen

http://www.craggaunowen.org/

Mooghaun

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g186595-d138…

Dromoland

http://www.dromoland.ie/

Knappogue

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Finlough

http://tinyurl.com/yb4nbqk

Cratloe

http://tinyurl.com/ye67z6c

http://tinyurl.com/yd69lug

There's also the lovely Lough Derg, Scattery Island, Loop Head and so on - so Sarnia's advice is spot, on - and yes, as many attractions are seasonal - the dates are important.

www.westclare.com/loopheadpeninsula.htm

http://www.discoverloughderg.ie/

heritageireland.ie/en/…

Here's a general list of county Clare activities:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186595-c51813/County…

The Fastnet Line will (from reports) open a Swansea to Cork route from March 1st, so you could save time - have a pleasant driving route - and see Cork city if that works?

http://www.corkcity.ie/tourism/

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3. Re: short trip to ireland

Oooops, almost forgot Bunratty for mid Clare:)

shannonheritage.com/Attractions/…

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4. Re: short trip to ireland

WalesJune: How long is your trip?

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5. Re: short trip to ireland

please I would advise you not to base yourself in Ballyvaughan if you want to see Galway - you would be better off basing yourself in Galway, and then doing a day trip to Clare. Ballyvaughan is lovely, but you can actually drive through it on the way to the Cliffs, The Burren, Doolin, etc.

I think Galway would be a hell of a better base.

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6. Re: short trip to ireland

** "please I would advise you not to base yourself in Ballyvaughan if you want to see Galway" **

Whales - totally agree with you there!

WalesJune - apologies!

My post was a bit misleading. I intended Ballyvaughan as a recommendation for a night or two (minimum) in co. Clare - and then recommend you move on to somewhere in co. Galway for a couple of nights. It's certainly too far from Ballyvaughan to make excursions into co. Galway (Connemara), but Galway city would be do-able: around an hour's drive away.

I've spent very little time in co. Galway (shame on me!!) so will leave it to others to recommend a location in which to stay!

:-)

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** "so will leave it to others to recommend a location in which to stay!" **

errr . . . like Galway city - which whales has recommended!

I'm Not on the ball today at all . . . think I might go lie down in a dark room ;-))

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