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Which Route to take?

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Which Route to take?

From Spanish Point to Kenmare- thought we would take the car ferry since kids have never done that and then continue through Tralee and Killarney. or should we just head through Limerick? Almost same time according to Googlemaps. Probably longer with ferry but views along coast and ferry ride.

Also, from Kenmare to outside Killkenny, should we head through Cork or N72 through the countryside? Same time according to Googlemaps.

Anything we will miss by taking one route versus the other.

Thanks again TA.

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1. Re: Which Route to take?

I don't like the route via the ferry and the reason is that it's not in fact very coastal at all and when you leave County Clare the coast is but a distant memory, unless you are prepared to go 'off route' a fair few times. The ferry ride is about 10 minutes, and quite uninteresting, you have about enough time to get out of your car, take a few snaps and then jump in again. The remainder of that journey is quite boring.

I suggest you get in the car and "leg it" down the road, via the Shannon tunnel and get to lovely Kenmare as quickly as possible so that you can maximise your time in that area.

If they are interested in getting out on the water, book a lake trip for them from Killarney. Open boats leave from Ross Castle and Muckross house. Or indeed, depending on their ages do a bike/boat tour taking in the gap of dunloe and the lakes of Killarney - Gorgeous. Killarney Day tours (among others) will look after you in this regard http://killarneydaytour.com/

Killarney is only a 50 minute drive from Kenmare via the Molls Gap route, which is just stunning, and a must do when you are there. Also, I believe a company (name fails me at the moment) does Dolphin and Whale boat tours from the pier just outside Kenmare. Worth checking that out for sure

Edited: 23 June 2014, 20:16
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2. Re: Which Route to take?

Seafari is the name of that company based from the pier in Kenmare and Star Outdoor is another local provider

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3. Re: Which Route to take?

Dropped the fer, thanks for that info and will head straight toward Kenmare..

How about Kenmare to south of Kilikeney? through Cork or not?

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4. Re: Which Route to take?

"How about Kenmare to south of Kilikeney? through Cork or not?" I don't understand this, explain?

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5. Re: Which Route to take?

Sorry. Getting from Kenmare to Ballybur castle. Googlemaps gives me 2 routes,: N22 through Cork to the 201 or N72 to Mitchelsotown where both routes meet up to the 201. I just didn't know if one was more scenic, interesting, better stops. We are going to stop at Cahir and the Swiss cottage bot that is after the routes converge.

Thanks Again

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6. Re: Which Route to take?

Thanks - Understood.

Definitely go the Mitchelstown route. More interesting by far and shorter too.

If you have time and you are interested you might like to visit Mitchelstown cave. A very interesting, small cave, privately owned, so they are very proud of it and the tour is very personalised and good. Getting there and the tour will add about 2 hours to your journey, so factor it in if you do want to go there.

http://www.mitchelstowncave.com/

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7. Re: Which Route to take?

Thanks again. We do enjoy caves. Would you recommend these caves over the Glengowla Mines up in Connemara? WE probably would only do one cave tour.

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8. Re: Which Route to take?

travelmama, Mitchelstown cave and glengowla are very different....Mitchelstown is similar to Carlsbad cavern with stalagmites and stalactites.....glengowla is a rock mine.....

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9. Re: Which Route to take?

Mitchelstown caves are well worth the stop, not over-done and the central chamber is amazing.

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