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Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

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Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

We plan to drive in Oct from Dingle to Galway wanting to take the scenic route & making a stop at the Cliffs of Moher & Doolin. Is this doable or should we overnight in Doolin? Currently we plan to stay 2 nts in Galway.

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1. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

Yes, you can drive from Dingle to Galway via the Cliffs, but it will be a long day in the car; if you do decide to do this, visit the Cliffs, but don't stop in Doolin, as there's little to see apart from a few pubs and tourist accommodation - oh apart from Doolin Cave if that interests you:

http://www.doolincave.ie/

There are more interesting places than Doolin to visit on your route from the Cliffs to Galway:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i20532-Dingle…

If you want to take it more leisurely, then you could consider Doolin for an overnight location; do have a look at Ballyvaughan village as well:

http://www.ballyvaughanireland.com/

http://www.drumcreehyhouse.com/1,2,Home.html

http://www.cappabhaile.com/

http://www.thewaterscountryhouse.com/

http://www.ballyvaughanlodge.com/

http://www.clareireland.net/oceanville/

or even Kinvarra which lies on the edge of the Burren:

http://www.kinvara.com/

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2. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

Thank you Sarina - We may skip Doolin then. We also would like to take the time from Galway to visit Aran Islands.

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3. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

You might have to see what the weather is like before setting out for the Aran Islands, particularly if you're on a tight schedule: there are tales of folk being stuck overnight on the Island because the weather has blown up!! Bear in mind that you need a full day ideally starting from/returning to Galway (city) or fairly closeby:

http://www.aranislandsferries.com/

http://www.aerarannislands.ie/

There are ferries from Doolin which still operate in October, but they're smaller than the craft that sail from Galway, so are more weather dependent:

doolinferries.com/index.php/sailing-times/

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4. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

If we are unable to visit the Aran Islands, is there anything near Galway that is worth the visit?

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5. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

Oh goodness yes! You've the whole of Connemara region to explore; it lies north (ish) of Galway city and has fabulous scenery, both coastal and mountains, plus places like Kylemore Abbey:

http://www.connemara.net/

http://www.roundstone.ie/index.php

http://www.oughterardtourism.com/

http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/

http://www.kylemoreabbey.com/

:-)

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6. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

We just did the drive from Galway to Dingle with a stop at the Cliffs of Moher. It wasn't a problem at all. We even drove the route that goes over Conor Pass. Totally worth it if the weather is good. Shot some photos of the view and even made a video of the crossing baldheretic.com/2013/…ireland-the-conor-pass

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7. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

Very nice video, baldheretic - I particularly enjoyed the credits :-)

Edited: 26 September 2013, 16:27
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8. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

Thank you baldheretic & Sarina - great pic's & information!

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9. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

Do you know where I can purchase an Aran Sweater? I see listings for Aran Sweater Market on the Aran Islands and also Killarney, but I cannot find a store location.

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10. Re: Is driving from Dingle to Galway doable in one day?

You can buy them on Inishmore. But one of the locals tells me the big shops get their sweaters from China. You have to find a small, locally owned shop to get authentic sweaters.