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Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

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Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

So, my friends and I are going to attempt to do the impossible. See a large chunck of Ireland in 4 days (starting Friday).

Day 1: land in Dublin in the morning and drive to the west coast. Our ambitious plan is to go to the Cliffs of Moher before checking into our hotel in Galway in the late afternoon/early evening, but we know that the Cliffs may get pushed back a day.

Day 2: Leave Galway, drive to Killarney and drive around the Ring of Kerry and stay in Killarney

Day 3: Drive to Kilkenny, perhaps detouring to see the Blarney Stone

Day 4: Drive to Dublin to get there and have dropped off our car by early afternoon and do some sights there.

Day 5: Fly out.

The question is what are some cool/fun/beautiful places to stop along during our day drives to break them up and make us feel like we didn't spend ALL day in the car?

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1. Re: Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

I just pray that you and your friends don't injure yourselves or others along the way.

Have you driven in Ireland before? Have you researched the driving distances involved here?

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2. Re: Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

I have researched the distances (most of these drives are less than the distance between DC and New York) and while I haven't driven in Ireland, I've driving in other countries on the other side of the road.

Now that we've cleared that up, any answers to my actual question?

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4. Re: Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

Sweetmer : I agree with Irishfan

Driving in Ireland is COMPLETELY different to driving in the US. I know as we have driven in US.

YES there are major roads now connecting most of the major cities and large towns but once you get off the beaten track ( where all the pretty picture postcard scenery is) you will be travelling at a much slower pace. Roads are much narrower, you will often get caught behind a tractor driving at 30km an hour and when eventually he drives into a field you will then end up behind a further convoy of cars stuck behind my Grandad ( yes he's 80, never passed a driving test but always has to drive to town for the daily newspaper :-)

This is a crazy itinerary for 4 days. Please believe me! You won't see anything.

Yes you can get from Dublin to Galway in 3.5 hours but that is because there is a dual-carriageway the whole way.

Please concentrate on perhaps 2 areas eg the Galway/Clare tregion and Dublin OR Dublin and Kilkenny.

YOu will get more quality then quantity.

By the way what time of year are you travelling as this will also determine how much daylight you have.

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P.S: Have you looked at flying into Shannon Airport on the west coast and departing from Dublin or vice-versa

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6. Re: Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

I've driven in NZ. I realize that it will not be the same as driving in the states. The itinerary is set, so while all of this advice can be helpful for others planning their trip, what I am really looking for is tips on interesting places to stop.

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8. Re: Yes, we're crazy, but other feedback is appreciated.

I think pig-headed can go both ways. Pretend that I am doing the trip to your satisfaction. Is it possible to answer my question then? Let's say I was only doing one of these drives, what should I not miss on that one drive (pretending that I was not driving any other time).

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Whilst Hot Sauces comment is uncalled for he/she is correct in saying you won't have much daylight. I would really urge you to concentrate on visiting Galway, The Burren,Cliffs of Moher,Ailwee Caves.

Perhaps you all could take a guided tour of The Burren. There are some great guided tours. Will get you out of the car and take you out into the countryside. One walk I know which I would recommend is

http://www.burrenwalks.com/

Perhaps stop off in Lahinch for the night.

See Bunratty folk park and castle. Forget Blarney.

there are plenty more castles to see in the West.

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