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From Killarney to Cork

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From Killarney to Cork

We will be in Killarney for two days, one of which will be spent driving the ROK. The next day we need to be in Cork by 7pm to return our car. SHould we spend the day leisurely in Killarney or drive toward Skibbereen and KInsale enroute to Cork?

Is this area a not miss? We will have driven a lot the previous day (ROK) so I was thinking of taking the short route to Cork (not coastal) but now I'm not sure, afraid we'll miss something great.

Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: From Killarney to Cork

Either choice would be fine. Will you have had time to see any of the attractions in Killarney? Muckross House, Gardens, Abbey and Traditional Farms? Ross Castle and Island and Innishfallen Island? Torc Waterfall or Gap of Dunloe? With your long drive the previous day you may wish to have an easier day before your drive to Cork (1.5 hours) but an early start in Killarney could have you driving the West Cork Coast and still be in Cork for 7pm.

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2. Re: From Killarney to Cork

Where is the Gap of Donloe exactly? I thought it was part of the ROK.

Also, do you think it's possible to start early in Killarney, see Muckrose gardens.Abbey and then still drive the coastal route to Cork?

Is the town of KIllarney good to walk around in as well. I'm not into shopping but do like walking through old, beautiful towns.

Thank you!

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3. Re: From Killarney to Cork

The gap of Dunloe is about 6-7 miles from Killarney town on the way towards Dingle. Well signposted once you get out of Killarney.

It is worth seeing on a clear dry day and I recommend that you park the car at Kate Kearneys Cottage (pub/restaurant/gift shop) and walk to the gap and back if you have time. In total about 2.5 hours out and back with time to stop for photos. It can be driven but some parts of the road are only wide enough for one car at a time, so you need to be dextrous on the wheel !!

You can also take a jaunting car ride part way out to the gap and walk back or do a return journey but it is quite expensive and very uncomfortable.

If you are caught for time on your return journey to Cork then go the direct route and not coastal. The direct route will take you about 90 minutes with no stops. The coastal route you describe should not be rushed, waste of time to do it if you are in a rush as all you will see is the route from behind the windshield of the car.

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4. Re: From Killarney to Cork

Yes, an early start in Killarney with you leaving the Muckross area by 10am would give you time to drive the coastal route but as Bryno mentions you would be rushing many of the sites on the day.

Killarney is a nice town to walk around and even better if you know you do not wish to shop as there many stores of good quality product and lots of souvenir shops too. The main historic buildings in town are the churches and there are 4 worth a visit as well as the religious educational buildings.

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5. Re: From Killarney to Cork

Hi, if you're caught for time you can drive direct to Kinsale then drop your car in Cork. Killarney is nice for walking, Kinsale is on the water. Lots of great restaurants, Fishy Fishy cafe is fab! Enjoy

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