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Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

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Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

Hi,

I am in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Ireland in July with my husband, son who will be one, my mother and brother. We will be flying most likely into Dublin because I'd like a non-stop flight from Boston. I plan on renting a car. I will probably only spend one night in Dublin then we plan to make our way over to the west coast. Here is where I need help/advice.... our trip is only one week long. I would like to rent a house or cottage and do day trips from there. My original thought is Galway so that we can be near the coast for my husband to surf. I am of the mentality of less is more especially when traveling with a baby. Are there any must see day trip/excursions from Galway? Or would you recommend a different town or city in place of Galway? Thank you for your help!

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1. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

Hi Christina, Shannon Airport would be a much better option for you.

You can get direct flights from Boston to Shannon

www.aerlingus.com

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2. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

When in July are you considering, Christina?

These are examples of standard Day Tour itineraries offered from Galway city which you could adapt for your own use:

www.galwaytourcompany.com/gtc/daytours.jsp

Happy New Year, banner girl, and to you, Christina!

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3. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

Surfing Co Clare - where Shannon Airport is situated:

shannonregiontrails.ie/TrailOperators/…

http://www.isasurf.ie

Galway Calendar of Events:

galwaytourism.ie/pgalway-events-calendar.html

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4. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

Happy New Year, Uasal and I also think that County Clare would be a good location for Christina.

Lahinch is a surfer's paradise and there are plenty of rental properties in the area.

There is much to see around Lahinch. It is well located for touring the Burren, visiting the Cliffs of Moher, the lighthouse at Loop Head and quite a few coastal drives.

Also have a look at this current thread for more information about Lahinch and the surrounding area.

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Sorry, I forgot the link:-)

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6. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

Thank you for this info! We will definitely fly into Shannon now. We are looking at the week of July 13-20 most likely. I will look into Clare County as well. I realize the waters may be flat this time of year but if it's also a good location to tour then may be worth it. Are there some good authentic pubs in this area, as we will have a babysitter at least 1 or 2 nights!? Thanks so much.

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7. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

No problem with those dates vis a vis Galway. While there will be festivals at that time, nothing like the crowds, traffic and prices that go along with the Galway Races which this year run from 29th July - 4th August.

These should help with Co Clare and surrounding areas:

http://www.clare.ie

http://www.clare.ie/events/index.html

http://www.visitclare.net

http://www.shannonheritage.com

http://www.shannonregiontourism.ie

This article covers coastal Co Clare including surfing, among other topics:

independent.ie/travel/inside-ireland/seaside…

This might be worth checking out as well, under the headings and places that interest you:

http://www.thegatheringireland.com

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8. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

Christina, no problem with good pubs in either Galway or Clare.

When you decide on your destination, you can come back to us for more specific recommendations.

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9. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

For self catering accommodation see

http://www.shamrockcottages.co.uk/

http://www.imagineireland.com/default.asp

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10. Re: Help with an area to stay on West Coast Ireland

I agree. Shannon Airport would be the better option.

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