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Dublin to Cork - 5 nights

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Dublin to Cork - 5 nights

Hi there,

My wife and I will be in Europe for our honeymoon in June 2014. We have 5 nights in Ireland arriving in Dublin by ferry from England in the early evening on 15 June. We will be flying out of Cork to Paris on 20 June.

This is our tentative itinerary (self drive):

15 June: Overnight in Dublin

16 June: Dublin to Galway

17 June: Galway to Limerick via Doolin

18 June: Limerick to the Dingle Peninsula and overnight in Killarney

19 June: Killarney to Cork

We'd like to spend most of our time in the west and south west. We're both very keen on seeing the rugged landscapes and historical sites and also sampling the food. And beer. And whiskey :)

I am concerned the above is a bit too ambitious for five nights, so would love some feedback and suggestions from those in the know.


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1. Re: Dublin to Cork - 5 nights

Yes, its a busy schedule, but doable in June when its light very late. Go for it. You'll be back!!

PS you will arrive by ferry from Wales not England.

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2. Re: Dublin to Cork - 5 nights

I assume you're hiring a car. That aggressive a schedule won't be practical by public transport.

You'll need to decide what you want to do with your days.

For example, on June 16th, you will have a chance of seeing Dublin, stopping in places between Dublin and Galway or seeing Galway.

Similarly, on June 17th, if you spend much time seeing Galway, it will limit the scope of any visit to Doolin, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

When you work that out, you may find you want to tweak the trip. So, if you don't want to see Dublin, you'd be better off staying west of the city on the first night. If you don't want to see Galway City, you may as well make for somewhere around Ballyvaughn or Kinvara on that night.

On the 19th, you say you are going from Killarney to Cork. It's worth noting that there's not a huge amount to see between the two, unless you divert a bit, so you're better off seeing either Killarney or Cork properly. If you do want a roundabout route, drive from Killarney to Kenmare, to Glengarriff to Gougane Barra and onto Cork - much nicer than the main road.

IIRC the flight to Paris doesn't depart until around lunchtime, so if you're staying in Cork City Centre, you might get a chance to briefly look around and do some shopping before you leave.

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3. Re: Dublin to Cork - 5 nights

Thanks for the feedback guys and/or gals,

@fuschia2014 - yes, we will of course be arriving from Wales (Holyhead)

@blackgreen - The plan is to hire a car in Dublin on our first morning and drive directly to Galway to spend the whole day there. We will then leave Galway the next morning to see the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and spend the night of the 17th in Limerick.

I'm thinking that we might just stay in Dingle on the 18th and drive through Killarney to Cork via the scenic route through Kenmare, Glengarriff and Gougane Barra on the 19th which gives us the morning in Cork city before our flight at 12:30.

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