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Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

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Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

Hello there :)

I am planning a 10 full day trip to Ireland in April. (flight days separate) It seems about $100 cheaper to do a roundtrip in and out of Dublin. Rather than flying into Dublin and out of Shannon.

I am piecing together the trip myself, and have yet to put together an exact itinerary, but of course want to fit in as much of the country as possible.

I want to spend at least 2 days in Dublin, I would like to go to New Grange, Aran Islands, Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, Cliffs of Moher, Giants of Causeway, Dingle, Waterford, and much more, of course, but right now I think that's wishful thinking. So I'm trying to pinpoint my flight.

Thank you so much for your help in advance.

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1. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

I think you can just about achieve your wish-list, but you'll be on the go virtually all day, every day. Have a look at this, see what you think :

Day 1 : arrive Dublin airport, get air coach straight to Belfast city. Spend rest of the day in Belfast.

Day 2 : day - trip to Giant's Causeway, return to Belfast ( or possibly travel south to Dublin, depending on return time to Belfast.

Days 3-4 : Dublin

Day 5 : Collect rental car, drive via Glendalough to Kilkenny for overnight (Cashel is a further hour's drive)

Day 6 : drive to Cashel first thing, to visit the Rock, then continue to Dingle for the night.

Day 7 : Explore Dingle Peninsula, overnight Dingle :

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

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

flickr.com/photos/…

Day 8 : Leave Dingle and head north to Clare. This is a nice route, which includes a stop at Loop Head : fabulous coastal scenery without the crowds :

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

http://www.loopheadclare.com/

flickr.com/photos/…

Day 9 : boat from Doolin to Aran Islands

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

http://www.doolinferries.com/

http://www.cliffs-of-moher-cruises.com/

Day 10 : leave Clare and head for Newgrange, then drop car back at Dublin airport.

http://www.knowth.com/newgrange.htm

heritageireland.ie/en/…

It's not perfect, but does include everything apart from Waterford. If you're interested in visiting an Irish crystal designer, there's Dingle Crystal; Sean trained at Waterford.

Only other thing that's niggling me is that visitor numbers to the chamber at Newgrange are strictly limited, and if you don't arrive until lunchtime, you may not get on a tour (it's about 4-4.5hr drive from the west to Newgrange). You could visit on the morning of your arrival in Dublin, then continue to Belfast, but then you'd have extra days of car rental to consider, and also, you don't need a car in Dublin.

You can plot routes here on the aa routeplanner, but I recommend you add a further 20% to the quoted drive times to allow for driving on unfamiliar roads, and possible delays (roadworks, diversions etc):

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

:-)

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2. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

A further thought : you could use 1 of your two days in Dublin to take a guided tour to Newgrange, with guaranteed entry to the Chamber :

http://newgrangetours.com/

Then, on day 10 you could see some sights/sites in the Burren before heading back to Dublin :

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

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

flickr.com/photos/…

:-)

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3. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

Sarnia

Thank you for such in depth help. I think as I was researching I hadn't realized that Giants Causeway was in Northern Ireland. I would love to visit it still, but wonder if that's too far of a trek, and if I should just stay in the Southern area.

Last night looking over the map, it seemed I could do somewhat of a circle from Dublin towards Shannon. Wicklow seems like there would be a lot to see, besides just going for the day to Glendalough. What do you think?

Also, my dates are flexible, I may even try pushing it to 12 days on land. My airports are flexible also… I am just trying to get the most possible out of my trip, in case I can't return to Ireland. I went to Dublin 8 years ago, but that was before I was married, and I would like my husband to experience it as well. During my trip to Dublin we rented a car and drove to Waterford, but it was closed that day. I suppose I don't really need to go to Waterford, since I really am more interested in the historical sites and culture. I do also enjoy going out at night, for drinks, music and dancing.

I will continue to study the links and information you have given me. Thank you again :)

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4. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

Pleased to help!

Giant's Causeway does throw your itinerary out - and between you and me ;-) - I would much rather spend a couple extra days in west Cork, rather than visiting just the Causeway. The coastline around the Causeway is beautiful, but such crowds at the Causeway! If I were to revisit, I'd spend several days in the area, see more and visit the Causeway either first thing in the morning, or early evening.

So . . . . If you've opted out of Giant's Causeway, you might have a spare day (or two) for Wicklow :

http://www.avoca.com/

powerscourt.ie/powerscourt-gardens/italian-g…

http://www.killruddery.com/

Have a look at this b&b, which is within walking distance of Glendalough. Simply hop across the stepping stones over the river and a gentle walk will bring you right to the entrance :

http://www.glendalough.eu.com/

Ad if you have 12 days instead of 10, then consider heading to west Cork, somewhere like Skibbereen or Durrus, for gorgeous scenery, and fewer tourists :

http://www.westcork.ie/

flickr.com/photos/…

http://www.schull.ie/

http://www.thesheepshead.com/

http://sheepsheadroutes.ie/

http://sheepsheadplaces.net/

http://www.blairscove.ie/

carbery-cottage-guest-lodge.net/index.html

http://www.gallanmor.com/

http://www.reenmore.com/

http://www.seamountfarm.com/index.html

flickr.com/photos/…

You could then continue up to Dingle and north to Galway, returning to Shannon airport environs for your final night. Shannon is around 90-minute drive from Galway, and this is a comfortable hotel only a few minutes drive from the airport :

http://www.oakwoodarms.com/

:-)

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5. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

So glad I saw this post. We are planning the same trip in April and I had the exact same questions regarding a roundtrip out of Dublin or departing from Shannon. Thanks for all the great info.

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6. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

I prefer flying into Dublin and out Shannon, saves on back tracking and allows a day of site seeing instead of driving back.....

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7. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

Think that if you experience SNN you will wonder why you considered DUB in the first place $100 for a smaller friendlier more easily managed airport seems a fair price?

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8. Re: Feedback/help Fly into Dublin, out of Shannon? Or roundtrip

Thank you everyone for your feedback :)

It seems we have decided to stay in the Republic of Ireland, as venturing North might make us too "busy". With this said, and with your feedback and advice, we have decided to fly into Dublin and out of Shannon. It will be great to experience a smaller airport as well.

At this point I am pushing for a 12 day trip, at the end of April / early May. Once I purchase my plane tickets I will post a new forum topic with the itinerary I've came up with, because advice from people with insight is so valuable.

Thank you again, and Happy New Year :) * Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit!!!

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