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car tour - locations in quadrants of Ireland

Houston, Texas
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car tour - locations in quadrants of Ireland

My husband and I are going to Ireland in August for 14 days and he doesn't want to go to a different hotel every night. Can you recommend central locations and/or towns and/or hotels for each of the areas of Ireland that we visit such as the Dublin area, Southeast area, Cork and Kerry, Galway and Mayo area and Northwest Ireland? I guess, instead of asking about four different areas (quadrants) of Ireland, I've asked for five. Oh, well. Thank you so much.

Guernsey, United...
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11. Re: car tour - locations in quadrants of Ireland

HoustonHouston

Ireland is the "only" place where I'd stay in b/b's. They are the best anywhere! Have a look at the following web-sites to get an idea of how special Irish b/b's can be:

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

http://www.hiddenireland.com

I add my voice to those who have recommended that you stay in some places for at least 2/3 nights. It can be sooo tiring packing up and moving every few days, and time consuming too! You certainly won't be lost for things to see and do if you base yourselves in places like:

Dingle:

explore Dingle town, take the drive around Slea Head stopping at Dunbeg Promontory Fort and the beehive huts; visit Gallarus Oratory and Kilmalkedar Church, take a stroll along a beach: Inch Strand - fabulous!; drive over the Conor Pass (stop at the parking place at the stop for breathtaking views out to sea), and explore the beautiful northern side of the Peninsula; walk part of the Dingle way . . .

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie

Killarney/Kenmare:

visit Muckross House; Killarney National Park; take a ride in a horse and carriage through the Gap of Dunloe, have lunch/dinner in one of Kenmare's superb restaurants, explore the ruggedly beautiful Beara Peninsula:

http://www.killarney.ie

http://www.killarneynationalpark.ie

http://www.derostours.com

http://www.kenmare.com

http://www.bearainfo.com

Kinsale:

explore the town of Kinsale; take a walk out to Charles Fort; drive along the south coast of co. Cork, exploring pretty little villages: Courtmacsherry, Glandore, Union Hall, Castletownshend . . .; visit Blarney Castle; Cobh Heritage Centre; Cork City:

http://www.kinsale.ie

http://www.westcork.ie

http://www.blarneycastle.ie

http://www.cobhheritage.com/index2.html

Doolin/Ballyvaughan in co. Clare:

explore the unique and fascinating Burren; drive to Galway city for shopping etc; Coole Park for a stroll down to the lough; enjoy the music in Doolin; gaze in awe at the Cliffs of Moher . .

http://www.doolin-tourism.com

http://www.ballyvaughanireland.com

http://www.burrenbeo.com

http://www.coolepark.ie

http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie

Kilkenny:

explore Kilkenny city; visit Jerpoint Abbey; Rock of Cashel; craft shops at Bennettsbridge . . .

http://www.kilkennytourism.ie

http://www.cashel.ie

Have you thought about visiting one of Ireland's many beautiful islands? From Dingle you can visit Great Blasket, the Aran Islands from either Doolin or Rossaveal (near Galway), Clear or Sherkin from Baltimore or Schull (west Cork) . . . . We try to fit in an island visit whenever possible, and they have never failed to delight us - it's like being in another world altogether - peaceful, beautiful, relaxing . . .

http://www.irelandsislands.ie

Phew! Certainly plenty to keep you entertained in 14 days! And I haven't even mentioned cos. Galway, Mayo, Meath - as I have yet to visit them!

So, hope this gives you at least some idea of how much there is to see and do in each area; we have stayed at least 1 week, if not 2 weeks in the above-mentioned places, and have never sat twiddling our thumbs wondering what to see/where to go

:-)

Gateshead, United...
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12. Re: car tour - locations in quadrants of Ireland

well Houston houston

The knotty problem of how much to do raises itself again.

arrive Shannon Stay overnight get used to driving on the left. Day 1

option 1

Head North to Galway 2-3 nights

tour Burren, aran islands, connermara

Head North again to sligo or donegal 2-4 nights

Croagh patrick, Lough erne, Donegal coastline, as much or as little as you wish.

A long day out to giants causway.

Drive across Ireland to Dublin2-3 nights see what you wish to see,

Heres where you start to run out of time 11 days gone already

Head to Killarney see the south west 3days very tight to see it all,back to shannon and you've missed out Cork and Waterford not to be advised.

Think about reducing your time in each base if you want to see ireland or alternatively see less.

option 2

shannon arrive 1 night

drive down to dingle 3-4 nights ring of Kerry is just possible with an early start.

across to Kenmare some say the gourmet capital of ireland 4 nights.

Long day across country to Galway stay 4 nights for Burren, aran islands, connermara,

Back to shannon for flight home.

and yes try the B&B's haveing followed this forum i'm beging to regret booking hotels.

Have a good holiday however you decide to see ireland

Houston, Texas
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13. Re: car tour - locations in quadrants of Ireland

I'm sorry to not have responded in such a long time. Hurt my neck and was laid up in bed and couldn't get to the computer. Am back working on the trip. What do you think of the following itinerary?

Day 1 - Arrive at Shannon Airport and go to Dromoland Castle and stay three nights

See Galway, Limerick, The Burren, cliff of Moher

Day 4 - Drive to Killarney and stay for two nights and see Dingle and Ring of Kerry,

Day 6 - Drive to Cork and stay two nights and see Drombeg Stone Circle, Blarney Castle,

Day 8 - Drive to Waterford and stay two nights and see Kilkenny, Wexford, etc

Day 10 - Drive to Dublin

Drive 12 - Drive to somewhere on the northwest coast and then

Drive 14 - near the Shannon airport to fly early morning back to the states. Hope that there is someone out there to give me feedback on this trip. Again I am sorry about the delay in responding. I appreciate all of you response to me.

Maryland
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14. Re: car tour - locations in quadrants of Ireland

I think you're doing a lot of driving and not a lot of "seeing", personally.

This part in particular is problematic:

"Day 4 - Drive to Killarney and stay for two nights and see Dingle and Ring of Kerry"

Two nights is only one full day, and the Ring of Kerry is a full day trip. It's all but impossible to do the ROK and then go on to Dingle, see anything at all, and return to Killarney.

I would just stick with the west and southwest and enjoy your visit in lieu of trying to somehow "cover" the whole country.

Houston, Texas
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What about driving on the 4th day straight from Dromoland Castle to Dingle and then on to Killarney. Then spending all of the 5th day devoted to ROK.

I guess I am still hanging on the possibility of stretching our time out so we can taste all of Ireland since we have two weeks. I really thought it was possible.

What do you think? I appreciate your input.

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