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Dublin to Cork, skipping Glendalough

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Dublin to Cork, skipping Glendalough

My specific questions: (1) Would bus or train be the best way to get from Dublin to Cork? (2) Should we skip Glendalough in order to see Bru na Boinne? For anybody willing to help with anguished choices, here is the background: Four of us are leaving in two weeks for a two-week visit to Ireland, our first. We are flying into Dublin and out of Shannon. We'd intended to rent a car as we left Dublin and head south through Glendalough to Kilkenny, then making our way west through Kinsale to Dingle and up towards Connemara, where we have the use of a house for four or five days. We also intended to see a few things in a leisurely way rather than try to see everything in a rushed way. But the guide books erode such intentions by listing so many must-sees! So now we are thinking of staying an extra day in Dublin in order to see Bru na Boinne. To do this we are thinking of maybe skipping Glendalough. This raises the possibility, after we've done Dublin, of getting ourselves efficiently to Cork and renting our car there for the rest of the trip. Any comments or advice would be gratefully accepted.

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1. Re: Dublin to Cork, skipping Glendalough

I recommend you hire the car in Dublin. There is no real advantage of waiting to do so when you get to Cork. Additionally, the motorway from Dublin to Cork M7- then M8 is a great road to get you accustomed to driving in Ireland. You can sit in the left lane all the way down (if you like) and not have to worry about any motorists behind you.

Don't skip Glendalough if you can. It is a beautiful place. If you really don't want a car in Dublin, you can get guided tours to Glendalough from Dublin. A few companies do that. Wild Wicklow tours is one of them

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2. Re: Dublin to Cork, skipping Glendalough

Bryno,

Thank you. This is very helpful. One last question: Does it sound practical for us to leave Dublin in the morning, stop at Glendalough, and end up in Cork or Kinsale all in one day?

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3. Re: Dublin to Cork, skipping Glendalough

It is doable. Glendalough is about 1h15 minutes from Dublin center. On leaving you will be at the 'Red Cow' N7 [Cork/Limerick] road in about 50 minutes - and from there to Cork on the N7/M7/M8 will take about 3hrs. So leaving Dublin at say - 9am and allowing for driving to arrive in Cork at 6pm you have a morning [3hrs] in Glendalough to look at the monastic site, do the visitor center and take a walk up around the Upper Lake say to the Miners Village or up around the Poulanass Waterfall in the woods before having lunch leaving at about 2pm.

When I say arriving in Cork at about 6pm, that's Cork city - not Kinsale. I don't know the Cork/Kinsale route or driving time. That might colour your decision if it is your intention to get that far on your day.

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4. Re: Dublin to Cork, skipping Glendalough

I would say yes, it's possible but for not really practical to drive to Kinsale via Glendalough from Dublin. What about an overnight in Kilkenny?

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