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If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

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If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

We are going to change the way we visit Ireland in the future. We always travel independently, as in no organized tours or buses. That is not going to change Our first trip was 2 weeks covering all but Northern Ireland. Our second, third and fourth trips have all been in the west, but still with a long list of must-sees. Each trip slightly slower with longer stays in a single location.

The change: We want to fly in and spend one week in one location, and do a few day tours around that location. We have thought about Galway, Westport, Dingle, Kenmare....all as places to visit for a week.

If could only stay in one Ireland location for a week, where would you stay and why?

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1. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

SEE: tripadvisor.com/…49337879

We often do a week or more, Self-Catering, each visit. It's a relaxing, cost-effective way to really 'See' an area. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Which AREA appeals most -- to YOU?

Have you considered the North? I've visited HERE (but NOT stayed), but this place has been HIGHLY recommended to me by people of discriminating taste ...

http://www.limepark.com/

Bob

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2. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

Much as I love Dingle and spend any minute I can there, if you intend to use it to see other places off the peninsula it is not the best choice. That said, I can still find enough to do in Dingle each year to fill at least three weeks.(Not counting shorter trips to Dingle throughout the year)

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3. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

Good question and probably the reason why the G8 decided to go to Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh. I couldn't imagine them in Dingle or Galway somehow. Wherever you stay in Ireland try to avoid traffic congestion is my best advice.

Edited: 02 June 2013, 17:23
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Oooh Eddie - I find it impossible to offer only one location! I've been visiting Ireland for 17yrs, and after my first two visits, where I toured around with a friend, virtually all my other visits have been spent in 1 or 2 locations, a week at a time, self-catering.

We've used this company for many of our visits and have always been pleased with the accommodation:

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

I guess if it had to be 1, then it would be north Clare - the Burren region. Probably somewhere on the coast, anywhere from Fanore around to Ballyvaughan and east towards Kinvarra. From this area you can visit Galway city (about 75-90min drive); plus Ennis and Limerick and east as far as Lough Derg without spending too long in the car.

The Burren offers excellent opportunities for walking or hiking; other activities include golf, horse-riding, surfing and kayaking. For the historian/archaeologist, the area is covered in sites dating back to the mesolithic era. You can also visit the Aran Islands from Doolin (seasonal service), and places like Bunratty Castle, Craggaunowen and Dunguaire Castle:

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

http://www.shannonheritage.com/

http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/

My favourite Burren sites and sights:

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

flickr.com/photos/…

And of course the Cliffs of Moher are closeby, but farther down the coast you'll find beautiful unspoilt Loop Head:

http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/

http://www.loopheadclare.com/

flickr.com/photos/…

You can also do a combined cliffs + Aran Islands cruise:

http://www.aran-island-ferry.com/

http://www.doolinferries.com/

Whew - certainly enough to keep you entertained for more than a week!

But we've also had very successful and enjoyable visits to west and east Donegal; Mayo; Kenmare; Dingle; west Cork, Meath . . . . . you really can't go wrong choosing any of these areas as they're all so beautiful, interesting and offer a great variety of sites to explore, activities to experience.

:-)

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I dont think it matters which of those listed you choose, a week in one place is a great way to get to know somewhere, there's nothing quite like getting advice on places to go one night in a pub, then going back in the next night and people recognising you and asking how you got on, then advising on the next day's itinerary!!

We intended to go to a different county each year, started with Clare and loved it, next year (2000) we went to Dingle. Took such a fancy to it that we never got any further!! Have now bought a house there.

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Our plan is just that, to choose one area and stay for a week. Then the next year a different area. Eniskellin was not on the list, but will be considered. Thanks.

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7. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

Clifden for me...we stayed there 3 nights last trip and will be staying for 5 nights on our next. Perfect to use as a base to explore the Connemara region and we just love the town!

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8. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

Details are out of date by now in this 2008 article but it gives you an idea of what can be done - in this case, from Kinvara in south Co Galway:

nytimes.com/2008/05/18/travel/18ireland.html

Consider also the time of year you will be traveling and any local festivals that you want to either partake of or avoid.

Westport, or somewhere in that part of Mayo, would work well for day trips to other places in Mayo and in Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and south Donegal.

Co Mayo in general has a good range of holiday homes to choose from.

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9. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

In summer Kinsale. In winter Galway.

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10. Re: If you could only stay in one Ireland location???

Probably May.