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we will be returning to Ireland in 2014 and bringing friends that have not been there.....we do not want to rent a car. Do know we want to stay a few days in Bunratty but also want to travel around....bus tour sounds good but dont want to change hotels....would like a tour that comes back to same hotel each evening......also open to flying into Dublin and doing same....any help appreciated...

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Perhaps using the scheduled bus services might be an option. Bus Eireann is the National Operator. They have a range of tourist tickets such as the "Open Road" - see http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=352

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sorry about delay in answering.....thank you for your help....also someone mentioned Kavanaugh tours which you dont keep switching hotels which is what we want.....any info on them would be appreciated

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We are in Ireland now and have not rented a car. Depending on your travel style of course, I can recommend picking a couple of areas to thoroughly explore that can be accessed by train. That has worked well for us. We spent three nights in Dublin , took the train to Killarney and spent four nights there. While there we did the walk through the national park , the Muckross route, hired a driver and went to the Dingle Peninsula (you can do the bus tour which would be cheaper) and we hiked through the Gap of Dunloe. We also had plenty of time to stroll through the town. Now we are on the train headed to Cobh and Cork. From Cork we can take the train back to Dublin.

All very easy to do, especially if you choose accommodation close to the train stations.

Don't know if this will help, but just to another type of option to consider .

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We have travelled to Ireland 6 times without a car , our last trip was last month and we usually spend 2-3 weeks there. We have always depended on bus or train and it has always worked very well for us leaving the stress of driving to someone else so we can both enjoy the scenery. We base ourselves in a town/city for several days. Obviously Dublin is perfect without a car with day tours to cover attractions outside the city. We also find Galway great for a few days. Its a wonderful town with lots to do and offers day tours to Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Connemara or just spend the day strolling through town. We spent 2 nights on Inishmore this time flying from Galway then leaving by ferry to Doolin for 2 nights so we could walk the cliffs of Moher with Pat Sweeney which was amazing. Then Killarney offers the National Park for great hikes (loved the Gap of Dunloe) and day tours to Ring of Kerry and Dingle. From Killarney we took the bus and spent a few days in Dingle. We usually arrive in Dublin and fly home from Shannon with our last night or two in Ennis.

We have had great success travelling with Bus Eireann. It was always on time and reasonably priced. Cant wait to go back.....

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Travellinnana 15 - We are planning a similar trip by train/bus in May. Planning to stay 4n nights in Dublin, 1 night in Cork, 3 nights Killarney and final night in Bunratty before flying out of Shannon Airport. Can you please share where you stayed in each town, and the name and cost of the driver you hired to tour the Dingle Penninsula? Thanks for the help.

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thank you for all the great tips.....does anyone have hotel recomendations for Dublin and Kerry close to city centre....we dont want to do a bus tour as it is tiring changing hotels constantly, would like to stay two or three nights in same hotel....we will fly into Dublin and out of Shannon

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Houstonpegaroo, we stayed at o'Neills Victorian Townhouse and Pub in Dublin, but I think you can do better,it was just okay. However highly recommend Sunny Banks b&b in Killarney . It's a two minute walk from the rail station and was super. Great rates, breakfast was very good, very clean and best of all Brendan the owner is a great resource . He took great care of us. http://www.sunnybankbb.com.

We used Jack Hayden, Killarney Taxi http://www.killarneytaxi.com for our Dingle tour. Private message me and I'll give you the details. You will have to keep in mind we were there off season and I think that helped the cost of the tour.

In Cork we stayed at the Fernroyd House b&b http://www.fernroydhouse.com

It cost more than Sunny Banks , Killarney but bigger cities are more money to stay in. Tony and Avril are lovely, gave us tons of suggestions of places to see and eat and all were perfect. Breakfast was probably the best of the trip, the house is lovely and rooms are very good. It is not close to the rail station though , we took a cab, 10€ but it's only about a 12 minute walk to downtown. We loved Cork too, took in some live music go,to Sin é , it's a heritage pub and has trad music often.

Hope this helps.

FYI we used only the train , and found it to be very comfortable and efficient . We never regretted not renting a car.

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8. Re: travel without renting a car

Thank You, information very helpful

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Travelinnana - Thank you for all the detailed suggestions! I booked Fernroyd House in Cork. Still deciding between Friar's Glen and Sunny Banks in Killarney. Your comments re: the train trip have convinced me that this is the best way for us to travel.

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Some additional trip reports here from people who have travelled to various parts of Ireland without renting a car.

Will add a couple of further links to it during the next few hours:

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