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Help - Itinarary for Ireland 5 Days/4 Nights

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Help - Itinarary for Ireland 5 Days/4 Nights

Need some help figuring out an itinerary for Ireland the end of June. We will be arriving in Shannon early and flying out of Dublin or Cork heading for England 5 days later. We have 4 nights and want to see tourist sights as well as Irish culture and manor homes/castles. I'm thinking we will rent a car. Any thoughts are much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Help - Itinarary for Ireland 5 Days/4 Nights

You need to decide is it Dublin or Cork. Then look at a map and put pins in it on the routes to either departure point.

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2. Re: Help - Itinarary for Ireland 5 Days/4 Nights

Recommend you spend the first couple of nights in co. Clare, get to see a few of the sights and sites in the county. You could start with Bunratty Castle and Ennis on the day of arrival:

http://www.clare.ie/

shannonheritage.com/Attractions/…

Then spend a day in the Burren, also visiting the Cliffs of Moher:

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

flickr.com/photos/…

Ennis would make a good base if you're then continuing south/south-west to Kerry or Cork.

Choices depending on which airport you leave from:

Cork - I'd probably drive down to west Cork, somewhere like Clonakilty, which is an attractive little market town, about 3-3.5hrs drive from Ennis:

http://www.clonakilty.ie/index.php/tourism/

It would be a good base from which to explore west Cork, visit Cork city, Blarney Castle:

http://www.westcork.ie/

http://www.blarneycastle.ie/

Allow 1hr to drive from Clonakilty to Cork airport.

Dublin - you could spend a couple of nights in Dublin city centre, which would give you adequate time to see some of the sights; it's around 3.5-4hr drive from Clare. You won't need or want a car in the city, so drop it off at the airport and take a coach into the centre:

http://www.visitdublin.com/

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

Or, you could stay north of the city, possibly somewhere like Trim or Drogheda, which would enable you to see places like Trim Castle, Hill of Tara, Battle of the Boyne site, Newgrange and Knowth and other sites in the vicinity:

http://www.meath.ie/Tourism/TourismOverview/

heritageireland.ie/en/…

heritageireland.ie/en/…

www.mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/tara/

Couple of other options to consider, depending on where in the UK you're heading to: Knock Airport and Kerry airport.

If you fancy a couple of days in co. Galway to visit the city and Connemara, Knock airport is about 90-minutes drive away (note: departure fee from Knock):

irelandwestairport.com/airportguide/airportd…

http://www.galwaytourism.ie/

http://www.connemara.ie/

http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/

http://www.kylemoreabbey.com/

http://www.corribcruises.com/

You could easily travel down from Clare to co. Kerry, spend 2 nights in Dingle or Killarney (opt for 2 nights in 1 location rather than split your time otherwise you'll waste time driving rather than "seeing"). Kerry airport is about 60-70-minute drive from Dingle, short drive from Killarney:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19068-Best_o…

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19854-Dingle…

flickr.com/photos/…

Killarney - you've got Muckross House & Gardens; Killarney National Park; Ross Castle; fabulous Gap of Dunloe:

http://www.killarney.ie/

http://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_of_Dunloe

heritageireland.ie/en/South-West/RossCastle/

http://www.muckross-house.ie/

Kerry airport information:

http://www.kerryairport.ie/

It's going to be a tough choice - but hopefully the above will give you some idea of what you can achieve in a short visit. You can use the following web-site to plot routes between locations, but add a further 20% to the quoted drive times to allow for driving on unfamiliar roads:

http://www.aaireland.ie/routes/#

:-)

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