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Need help with trip plan Aug 7-16

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Need help with trip plan Aug 7-16

I am planning a trip to Ireland for family of 4 from Miami (Me, DH, DS 21, DD 18). DD picked the trip as part of her graduation present and wants to spend at last 5 of the 10 days in and around Dublin. She and DS are more "urban" vacationers. DH and I are "nature/active" vacationers. So here's the rough plan and some questions.

Day 1 Arrive Shannon 9AM - get car and go to Doolin. I have booked rooms at Twin Peaks but can cancel. Look at Cliffs, early dinner and crash.

Day 2 - Dromoland Castle. Stayed here 18 years ago and want to repeat the picture of DH/DS/ducks. Given the price, we will mostly be enjoying what the Castle has to offer.

Day 3 - 5 - Here's where I really need the help. Of all the things I've been reading about, Killarney and hiking the Gap of Duloe sounds most appealing for one day. But I would be interested in other hikes or outdoor activities. We don't want to spend hours driving. We will want to make a stop in Cork as that is where DH family was from. Castles, ruins, etc. also fun for us.

Day 6 - 10 - Dublin -

Day 11 - Back to real life.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Need help with trip plan Aug 7-16

Where in Cork will you be going?LOADS of hiking around Killarney, the national park is right in the town and as you go further out you can get to wilder and less visited places.

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2. Re: Need help with trip plan Aug 7-16

We don't need to be much more specific than Cork area. The National Park looks promising. I am also thinking about a kayak or other coastal adventure I need more days!

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3. Re: Need help with trip plan Aug 7-16

In terms of adventures, this resent article on kayaking off the coast of Cork might be of interest to you:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186598-i676-k7364…

http://www.anglingkinsale.com

discoverireland.ie/Things-To-Do/Activities-a…

Ruins - including some castles in ruins:

http://irelandinruins.blogspot.com

http://www.abandonedireland.com

Heritage & history:

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/

http://www.megalithicireland.com

Walking and Trails:

http://www.discoverireland.ie/walking

http://www.irishtrails.ie

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4. Re: Need help with trip plan Aug 7-16

For those with an interest in Nature:

Some of these same links for Spring in Ireland should be useful:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186591-i88-k73281…

If bird watching is of interest, go no further than Cape Clear - Oileán Chléire - off the coast of Cork:

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Ireland-s-Islands/South-West-(Cork)/Cape-Clear-Oilean-Chleire

Including its long-established Bird Observatory:

birdwatchireland.ie/Birdwatching/CapeClearBi…

Further details for Cape Clear - Oileán Chléire:

birdwatchireland.ie/Birdwatching/CapeClearBi…

www.islandswestcork.com/ta/index.php?id=9

Edit for previous post: .. 'the resent article' ... should, of course, read 'the recent article'.

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