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8 nights in Irlenad

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8 nights in Irlenad

Hello! Four of us will be traveling in late summer and I would love some feedback on our itinerary - here's what we're thinking:

Fly into Dublin early AM: drive to Galway City

2 nights in Galway City: one day at Connemara with a stop at Kylemore Abby & Diamond Hill, maybe Clifden

1 night Aran Islands (Inishmore) - is this worth a night?

1 night Doolin: heard this was the place for traditional Irish music?

(stop in Adare for lunch on our way to Dingle)

2 nights Dingle: with a day trip to Killarney National Park

1 night Kilkenny

1 night in Dublin before we fly out

Are we trying to fit too much in? Any favorite (budget friendly) places to stay in these cities?

Thank you!

Edited: 04 May 2014, 04:01
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1. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

There is a lot of over hype about some places in Ireland, Doolin Dingle and Kinsale are all pushed for tourism.

Dublin to Galway as a 2 day base is fine http://goo.gl/maps/L5ihu and http://goo.gl/Ek8bpw might give some ideas west of the city.

Inis Mor from Rossaveal is fine. personally I am not sure I would spend the night out there but it would give a chance to see the less tourist side of the island.

Doolin is a long way from the only place with music and with only a limited amount of eating and drinking options is my idea of a nice place to visit but not to overnight,, Depends on when your visit is as to where in west Clare would best suit your music interest (a fare number of festivals through the summer)

At the risk of being shot (again) Dingle is not a touring base, You can take tours of Dingle and the Ring and other options from Killarney but not the other way round.

Kilkenny for a night fine.

Why if you have no interest in Dublin are you not using Shannon as your main airport?

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2. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

If, at this stage you are only planning, fly into Shannon, its a long drive from Dublin to Galway straight off a flight, you can still fly out of Dublin making it a round trip.

There is more than enough to do in Dingle for two days, I would go through Killarney on the way to Kilkenny.

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3. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

Killarney National Park, Muckross, Gap of Dunloe and the Ring of Kerry etc..-- between Dingle and Kilkenny .. different I suppose?

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4. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

Ring of Kerry was not mentioned by OP, or me.

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5. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

It's busy, but doable. Depends on whether you're happy to pack up and move on every 1-2 days?

I like fuchsia's suggestion of flying into Shannon, if possible; it's a shorter drive to Galway : around 75-minute drive, and Shannon is a smaller airport, with quieter roads in/out, compared with Dublin.

I've not stayed on any of the Aran Islands, but imagine it would be worth it if you enjoy peace and quiet, rural location. Guess the island is very pleasant once the day-trippers have departed.

Regarding Doolin : popular destination for tourists, lots of guest houses, b&bs, several pubs. You'll find a pub or two with music in the evenings; musicians are paid to entertain the crowds.

Reference Dingle vs. Killarney. If you're going to stop in Adare for lunch, you'll only have a day-and-a-half for Dingle Peninsula, so stay "On" the Peninsula and take some time to explore; there's alot to see and enjoy without having to drive over an hour down to Killarney to see the Park:

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/

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

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

flickr.com/photos/…

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/walklist.html

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/beaches.html

dodingle.com/Activities/water_sport_activiti…

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/golf.html

If Killarney National Park is a bigger attraction than Dingle (for you), then perhaps you'd be better off staying in Killarney for 2 nights and seeing sights and sites in/around Killarney, which tony has listed above.

Edited: 04 May 2014, 11:42
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6. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

Thank you all! A lot to think about here.

Unfortunately our tickets are already booked for Dublin. Flying into Shannon and leaving from Dublin would have been perfect. Shoot! I'll look into how much it would cost to change that.

Tony - We'll be traveling the last week of August so if you have recommendations for music, please let me know. My husband is a musician and that is what he is looking forward to the most.

I was thinking Dingle over Kilarney to actually avoid the crowds, but it sounds like it's just as busy. We're less interested in driving the Ring of Kerry and more interested in hiking the area. Does that impact whether we should stay in Kilarney vs. Dingle?

Thanks again!

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7. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

Tony, I know you are not a fan of Doolin and it does become extremely busy during the season. Just to let people know there are there are at least 10 places to eat in Doolin ,three pubs and one hotel bar so for a small village there are several options ranging from cafe to fine dining.

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8. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

I like Doolin.. I go often.. I just don't think it the only place in Clare let alone anywhere else for music, not sure on the 10 places to eat in the villages? and I never count hotel bars as pubs.

Unfortunately no music festivals I know of the last week of August, Set Dancing (Dan Furey Weekend) in south west Clare possibly?. But you can rest easy that you will find music of all varieties on your travels.

For a quieter option than Killarney, Kenmare would be a good base giving access to the Beara peninsula which despite being the same size as the Dingle peninsula gets only a fraction of the visitors and non of the tour bus's. http://www.bearatourism.com/

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9. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

I'll be staying in Dingle for 4 nights towards the end of August; not too concerned about crowds; the town has a nice "buzzy" atmosphere about it, but once you drive beyond Slea Head, out west, you'll find deserted beaches, quiet country lanes and plenty of opportunities for walking. As well as the Dingle walk list, have a look at these:

http://www.dingleway.net/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/cosan.html

If you really want somewhere peaceful and non-touristy, then tony's suggestion of Beara Peninsula is good; Kenmare lies right on the edge of the Beara Peninsula and "on" the Ring of Kerry. It's a good location for Beara as there's a good range of accommodation and choice of places to eat:

http://www.kenmare.com/

http://www.bearatourism.com/walks.html

http://www.gleninchaquin.com/

http://www.bearatourism.com/bwdursey.html

Honestly, whichever you choose, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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10. Re: 8 nights in Irlenad

Dingle certainly is not as busy as Killarney, especially from about 5 pm on when the tour buses head back to Killarney, The town is the gateway to the beautiful Slea head drive and the villages out west.

You'll find plenty good music around the town and if you have your car, you can also get good music west of the town. The Bóthar pub near Cuas (from where St. Brendan sailed to "discover" America) tends not to attract too many tourists but can have mighty sessions played by locals, for fun, not to entertain tourists, but for love of the music.