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Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

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Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Two forty-somethings headed to their 12-day dream vacation to Ireland (without the teens!).

Trip prepared and prepaid through travel agency specializing in Ireland travel.

Have all hotels/b&b/castle accommodations and car rental reservations have been made.

Could use some assistance with the small things along this path:

Arriving Dublin (staying just east of Trinity College, 2 full days and nights with hop-on-hop-off bus tour and Guinness tour vouchers)

Self driving rest of trip, with nights in Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Killarney (2 nights and 1 day Ring of Kerry bus tour), Dingle (during Dingle Races), Doonbeg, Shannon (2 nights), then flying out of Shannon.

Looking specifically for help with the following (on a mid-range daily budget)

Best scenic route from Dublin to Kilkenny that would be easy on a first-time-wrong-side-of-the-road driver and allow a few hours in Kilkenny before everything closes.

Grocery on our way out of Dublin where we can stock up on bottled water and snacks.

Cafes for afternoon light lunches and amazing, unique desserts.

Pubs with history, that have great selection of Belgian beers and great food.

Activities/attractions, underrated and unique, not on every Ireland must-do/see list.

One or two underrated/underpriced golf courses along the way that have beautiful scenery.

Scenic routes along the southern seaside that are off normal route, yet navigable.

A castle or two, a garden or two, a library or two, a ruin or two, but not every single one! (Willing/able to get out of the car and walk up to 2 miles a day, but we're not into hiking)

Tips for spectating/parking/gambling/eating at Dingle Races.

A guided lake/river fishing or boating experience during our last two days in the Shannon area.

Thanks so much!!!

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1. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Dingle races, dont gamble and dont eat anything prepared on the course, it may be the loser of the last race. This meeting is great fun, but only fun, it has the most spectacular setting for a racecourse in the British Isles and jockeys must be aged 10 or more.

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2. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Thanks for the heads up!

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3. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

To really blend in you will need a dog on a bit of string, bring your own string, there are lots of dogs running about, adopt one for the day, just leave it where you find it, he will go home.

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4. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

That's pretty interesting...and funny! Thanks!

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5. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Are you sure of your dates? Dingle races are 8th to 10th August. You are saying late July.

Edited: 14 July 2014, 07:55
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6. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Flying out July 31 :)

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7. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

I'll try to fill a few gaps for you, but I would advise you to look at a map and google some of your requests too!

From Dublin the best way to get to Kilkenny is by the N7 branching off to the M9. As you leave Dublin on N7 there are 2 or 3 petrol stations good for picking up snacks and drinks, close to Rathcoole, I think.

You will be using the main roads, but the countrysie is beautiful anyway, and it's better to have easy driving on day 1 than difficult driving.

Langtons in Kilkenny has a good reputation for mid priced quality food. But there are lots more places, you'll have to ask around.

Leighlinbridge, Inistoigue, Graiguenamannagh are pretty.

Outside Waterford, Tramore is the traditional seaside resort. Beach, amusements family fun, also golf. Dunmore East is possibly better for the moe mature visitor:-)

Between Waterford and Cork you could visit Clonea Strand, which is developed as a resort. My favourite detour would be to Ardmore, famous clifftop hotel restaurant, can't remember the names now, lovely beach and traditional small town.

Another fine beach is at Youghal, quaint town centre, Aherne's seafood restaurant/pub.

Between Youghal and Cork you will pass through some lovely villages.

Between Cork and Killarney you could stop atThe Mills pub in Ballyvourney for food, drink, shopping and meeting locals. Actually there are so many place to stop on your routes that it's too much to try to include here.

You asked for Belgian beers. Yes, you can get them. Why not try some of the amazing beers being produced in Ireland's many micro breweries?? The Fransiscan Well in Cork as well as the Bierhaus, both on North Mall are worth a visit.

In Cork for off the beaten track places, you might visit Blackrock castle, UCC, Fitzgeralds Park, the Shaky Bridge, Sunday's Well, St Vincent's church, the walkways from North Mall, distillers building, through the Mardyke, v Fitzgerald's park, the Lee Fieds, County Hall, Inchigaggin, Bishopstown. This is a long walk or a nice cycle.

Have fun researching this trip!!

Mags

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8. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Best betting tip for the races, don't bet on anything except in stakes of less than €5 and then only once or twice! Pubs I like in Dingle are at the top of main street , Foxy Johns, Currans and Kennedys, all old fashioned and frequented by locals . There is a newish local brew called Creans after the famed polar explorer who came from Annascaul - his pub, The South Pole inn is still open.

Minard Castle before Dingle has a spectacular sea side location and is worth seeking out. Rath inane castle near Ventry is unusual in that it is built inside an older fort and it is said the blood of the locals was mixed in the mortar to make the walls stronger . Dun an Oir has a golf course- the most westerly in Europe and certainly one of the most scenic so withy taking in when you are in Dingle too.

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9. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

Best betting tip for the races, don't bet on anything except in stakes of less than €5 and then only once or twice! Pubs I like in Dingle are at the top of main street , Foxy Johns, Currans and Kennedys, all old fashioned and frequented by locals . There is a newish local brew called Creans after the famed polar explorer who came from Annascaul - his pub, The South Pole inn is still open.

Minard Castle before Dingle has a spectacular sea side location and is worth seeking out. Rath inane castle near Ventry is unusual in that it is built inside an older fort and it is said the blood of the locals was mixed in the mortar to make the walls stronger . Dun an Oir has a golf course- the most westerly in Europe and certainly one of the most scenic so worth taking in when you are in Dingle too.

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10. Re: Assistance Filling in the gaps on late-July Itinerary

From Dublin to Kilkenny, considering you want an easy drive, I'd suggest you go the main road. For an interesting café experience Avoca cafés are worth a visit. Not especially cheap, but the one in Rathcoole is on your way and worth a visit.