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Solo Trip to Ireland

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Solo Trip to Ireland

I have been combing this forun...really great information. Thank you all in advance.

I am flying into Dublin 5/2 at 8:30 AM, back out of Shannon at 9:30 AM on 5/10. From your advice...

5/2 -- Wander Dublin, head to Kilkenny in the evening

5/3 -- From Kilkenny: enjoy the sights there, maybe Waterford or Wexford, and definitely the Rock of Cashel...head to limerick in the evening

5/4 -- Limerick: there is a Riverfest Festival that day...enjoy that...other sights??? (maybe Cliffs of Moher from there? Head to Dingle

5/5 -- From Dingle...see sights, there is a Feile na Beattaine festival...head to Galway in the evening.

5/6-8 -- stay somewhere in Galway

--An Tostal Festival -- boat racing 5/6

--Maybe to an arranged tour "Conemara and Cong"

--1/2 day horseback out of Aille (Loughrea)

--Head to Shannon

5/9 enjoy Shannon -- Ideas??? Get ready for early AM flight


Am I better renting a car, or rail?

Does this itinerary make sense? Suggestions?

Should I book lodging in advance? Kind of like the freedom of not.

I want to see Ireland, some history, but mostly the people...my family (3 generations) are from there. I am less concerned about budget, but really do not have champaign tastes.

Thank you for any/all advice!!!


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On your mode of transport which will be a determining factor in where you go, car rental is the only viable option to travel between all the places you mention. Rail works between Dublin and the major towns and cities but it will not get you to places on the western seaboard like Dingle or the Cliffs of Moher. Buses are an option but timetables do not always suit.

That said, if hiring a car a) take account of jet lag and b) don't bother with a car for central Dublin - it's too much hassle for those unfamiliar with the city.

Finally, at first glance, I'd say that you are trying to cram in too much but I'll let those more familiar with the south and west comment on the specifics.


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