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10 Nights in August.

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10 Nights in August.

Hello All,

I've been lurking for awhile and appreciate all the information I've gathered here.

My wife and I are going to Ireland in August. Landing in Dublin August 1, departing Shannon August 10, 2009.

Here's what I've got so far:

Aug 1: Dublin

Aug 2: Dublin

Powerscourt Estate

Aug 3:Kilkenny?

Aug 4:Cork/Kinsale?

Blarney Castle

Aug 5:Kenmare

Aug 6:Kenmare

Aug 7:Kenmare

Aug 8:Dingle?

Aug 9:Galway

Aug 10: Shannon Area?

I'd like to stay in the Killarney/ Kenmare area for 3 nights as a base. Just not sure if we should travel to Dingle for one night and if we should go past Shannon to stay somewhere further north for a few days.

I know it's a little vague, just looking for some input.

Thanks,

Allen

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1. Re: 10 Nights in August.

Allen

Days 1-7 look fine, but then it gets a bit "busy".

I guess it depends on what you want to see/do/experience.

From Kenmare, you could drive up to Dingle - but I recommend you stay for 2 nights, not 1. Plenty to see/do on the Peninsula:

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/

http://www.dodingle.com/index_2.html

I stayed at Pax Guest House for a week last summer - absolutely loved it!

http://www.pax-house.com/

If you click on my profile, you'll find plenty reviews/photos of Dingle. And I've just written a "best of Dingle" - a few shops, restaurants and places I enjoyed last summer.

From Dingle, recommend you drive up to Bunratty village for your last night. It's close to Shannon airport - approx. 10-minute drive, and has a good choice of accommodation, pubs and restaurants.

Alternatively, after Kenmare, you could drive up to co. Clare for 3 nights (that's what I'm doing next month). It will take you half a day to get there, using the ferry across the Shannon, so that will give you 2.5 days to explore this beautiful county. You would even have time to take a detour to Loop Head on your arrival in Clare:

http://www.shannonferries.com/

www.westclare.com/loopheadpeninsula.htm

http://www.clare.ie/

http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

http://www.visitaranislands.com/

http://www.doolinferries.com/

http://www.shannonheritage.com/Attractions/

Consider staying in Ballyvaughan, Doolin or Lahinch - all approx. 1hr's drive from Shannon:

http://www.ballyvaughanireland.com/

http://www.doolin-tourism.com/

http://www.lahinchfailte.com/

However . . . if you decide you want to visit co. Galway (Connemara, Aran islands, Galway city), then I'd recommend cutting your night in Cork/Kinsale, and after Kenmare, head for Galway and spend 3 nights in the county, then your last night at Bunratty - or somewhere else close to Shannon: Quin Village, maybe.

http://www.galway.net/

http://www.connemara.ie/

http://www.goconnemara.com/

http://www.clifdenchamber.ie/

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

http://www.aranislandferries.com/

Hope this gives you a few ideas.

:-)

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2. Re: 10 Nights in August.

SarniaGirl is right on. I like her first alternative. Dingle deserves 2 nights. Hard to believe 10 nights is not enough, huh? By the way, are you departing on the 10th or 11th? If 10th, then you only have 9 nights!

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3. Re: 10 Nights in August.

Thanks SarniaGirl.

Yes, a lot to ponder. I wasn't sure if we should spend the nights in Co. Clare and skip Dingle (this trip at least). Or do what you suggest.

We leave on the 11th, so have 10 nights.

Thanks to you both. I appreciate the suggestions and will look over this with my wife.

Another option as noted is to go straight from Kilkenny to Kenmare and save the night in Cork until later (feel compelled to go to Blarney, being that close and all).

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4. Re: 10 Nights in August.

Just to elaborate, I'm not feeling compelled to go to Galway, the last few nights of our trip are open.

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5. Re: 10 Nights in August.

Okay, so this is where I'm at now in the process:

Arrive

Aug 1: Dublin

Aug 2: Dublin

Powerscourt Estate

Aug 3:Kilkenny

Aug 4:Cork/Kinsale/?

Blarney Castle

Aug 5:Kenmare

Aug 6:Kenmare

Aug 7:Kenmare

Aug 8:Doolin or Dingle

Aug 9:Doolin or Dingle

Aug 10: Doolin or Bunratty

So for the last 3 nights I'm still not sure. Our flight on the 11th leaves Shannon airport at 3:00 pm. So I think it's not a problem driving up from Doolin that morning. However if we choose Dingle for the 2 nights, I think we'll have to get closer to Shannon for the last night.

I'm kind of torn between spending the time on the Dingle pennisula or in the area around Doolin. Maybe more "sites" near Doolin, but Dingle looks lovely especially after looking at all the links SarniaGirl posted.

Just looking for more informed opinions. Also where to stay August 4th near Blarney?

Thanks again for the wealth of information.

Allen

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6. Re: 10 Nights in August.

Allen

I love both Dingle and the Burren - two of my favourite areas in Ireland. I don't think you'd be disappointed in either area; the landscape/scenery is hugely different. Lots of pictures from each area on my profile if you've time to trawl through them.

If you stayed in Doolin, you would have ample time to get to Shannon after a leisurely breakfast.

You certainly could spend the last night in Dingle too, but would probably have to leave around 8.30-9am. I haven't driven from Dingle to Shannon, but aa routemaster gives a time of 2hrs 42min. When you arrive at Shannon, you have to drop the car at the depot and then wait for a shuttle to take you to the terminal, so allow 20 minutes or so for this.

It's been a long time since I actually stayed in Kinsale, but I spent a few hours there last year and a day there the year before. It's a lively harbour town and driving/parking can be a bit of a nightmare during busy times. The roads are very narrow in/around the centre and there are several one-way routes. I believe there are a few places in/around Blarney if you care to consider this option.

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