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One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

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One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

Just booked a last-minute trip and we leave this weekend. First time to Ireland and we really need some help. One night at Four Seasons (Dublin), two nights at Glenlo Abbey (Galway), two nights at Adare Manor (Limerick), then one night at Ritz Carlton Powerscourt (Wicklow). The only thing that is planned, other than enjoying a few pubs, is the Cliffs of Moher, which I thought we could do on the travel day from Galway to Adare (possibly stopping at Bunratty Castle too). My wife has a limit of about 5 hours in a car before she starts to get fussy, so that makes the planning a little harder. I would really like to do the Ring of Dingle, but the distance from Adare seems a little far. We tend to be more interested in scenery than history. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

Dublin

Recommend taking the hoho bus to explore the city. I pre-booked tickets online, and picked them up from the information office on Suffolk Street. There are two bus companies:

http://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/index.aspx

http://www.irishcitytours.com/index.html

On the drive across to Galway - which is motorway, and quite monotonous - recommend you stop at Clonmacnoise, which lies just off the motorway near Athlone. It's clearly marked from the motorway:

heritageireland.ie/en/…

Note: tolls payable on motorway:

nra.ie/GeneralTollingInformation/KnowTheToll/

Galway is a great little city to explore on foot:

http://www.galwaytourism.ie/

Then recommend you spend a day exploring beautiful Connemara:

http://www.connemara.ie/

http://www.goconnemara.com

http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/

http://www.corribcruises.com/

http://glengowla.goegi.com/

Or, consider taking boat or plane to one of the Aran islands:

http://www.aranislands.ie/

http://www.visitaranislands.ie/

http://www.aranislandsferries.com/

http://www.aerarannislands.ie/

Galway-Adare

Yes, this would be the day to visit the Cliffs of Moher. You'll be driving through the Burren region, and might like to stop at a couple of places en-route to the Cliffs:

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

Yes, I think Dingle is too far from Adare for a day trip, but here are some other suggestions for you. (If you spend too much time in the Burren on your way through Clare, you could always visit Bunratty this day):

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i22118-Day_Tr…

Adare to Wicklow is probably around 3hrs drive. You could take a slightly longer route and stop at the Rock of Cashel, which has a spectacular location and beautiful views of the surrounding Tipperary countryside:

heritageireland.ie/en/…

http://www.cashel.ie/

Or, drive from Adare to Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains for some beautiful scenery:

http://www.glendalough.ie/

wicklownationalpark.ie/glendalough/pages.php

You can check routes/distances on this web-site - but allow a bit longer for journeys, as the drive-times are on the low side:

http://www2.aaireland.ie/routes_beta/

And you might like to purchase the Ordnance Survey Complete Road Atlas of Ireland, which is very useful when driving around the Island:

http://www.irishmaps.ie/

:-)

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2. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

The route planner on www.aaroadwatch.ie may be helpful in planning your journey.It will give you APPROX times & distances for your journey.

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3. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

It is a great pity that you are not interested in history otherwise I would have recommended that you visit Newgrange and Gelendalough. On the west coast some of the finest scenery is in Connemara, however you seem to be traveling in the opposite direction from Galway, so will instead have to settle for County Clare quite pretty but not the full scenic experience in my view.

Perhaps some of the other regional experts will guide you better through that part of the country.

Edited: 14 September 2011, 11:01
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4. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

We just did that trip with those hotels. We went from Adare to Ring of Kerry (and Muckross House) in one day-we got on the road by about 7:45 and got back to Adare a bit after 6. It is a long day with a lot of driving but you do stop to look at sights, lunch, and quick shopping. I do not know how much longer Dingle would take to get to. See Cliffs and Burren on second day at Glenlo and save further stuff in Tipperary (Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle (good funny tour guide) both good as are their towns, and town of Ennis on the way to Adare. Bunratty Castle is really, really touristy. We went to sights every day but Adare in particular is a nice place to take a break and enjoy the great hotel facilities and high tea and do no driving. We were trying to catch the Cliffs of Moher at sunset which is supposed to be nice but the rain got increasingly heavy when we were there and it was a little less impressive than it would have been in the sun so try for good weather there. We loved Galway but lots of traffic to get to Glenlo. Newgrange and Knowth were about the best thing we saw. We went on the way to Galway. We left early but with getting the route, we still only got tours at 10 and 11 and so did not get to Galway until later in the afternoon.

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5. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. I am often overwhelmed by the kindness, knowledge and helpful tripadvisor travelers, and clearly this is one of those times.

We have decided on the following itinerary:

Day One – Dublin city tour

Day Two – Visit Clonmacnoise on the way to Galway, then pub crawl in Galway

Day Three – Golf at Connemara Links then wander the area

Day Four – Visit the Barren and the Cliffs of Moher in route to Adare

Day Five – Golf at Adare, massages at the spa, then enjoy the evening in Adare while celebrating Arthur’s Day

Day Six – Break in Glendalough on the way to Enniskerry via the Wicklow and Sally Gaps

Day Seven – Head home :(

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6. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

Sounds like a nice relaxing trip,enjoy every minute !

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7. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

There are a couple of HoHo tour companies in Dublin. If possible, try and get on the HoHo buses that have live commentaries, rather than those with a pre-recorded commentary. You will enjoy the tour so much more. Ask the bus driver whether its a live or pre-recorded commentary.

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8. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

It is the green buses (Dublin Bus) that offers live commentary. 2/3 of their buses are live and are clearly marked. The other 1/3 are prerecorded and are marked as multilingual.

All of the red buses (City Sightseeing) are prerecorded commentary.

Keith

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9. Re: One week in Ireland and I need help with itinerary!

Perfect! Thank you.

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