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10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Winston Salem...
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10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Hello, and Thank you to TA fellow members, especially D.E.'s for their expertise. Could not plan our trip without your help! I am so excited for our return trip to Ireland, our first time on the Atlantic.

I have done my due diligence, researched lots of the "forums", and pretty much have our 10 days mid-June planned. Arrive SNN, D.Dooley rental, apt. in Kilrush 10 nights; then train from Limerick to Dublin (2 nights) show our friends a bit of Dublin, then Sail-Rail to UK for 3 nights (friends ancestory) in Stockport b/4 returning home.

We do not plan to rush to as many spots as possible, just want to "be in Ireland", marvel at mother nature, interact with locals, and visit several towns at a leisurely pace. Included on my list : couple of castles, (Dunguaire, King Johns, Cahir; couple of abbeys, (Kylemore, Holy Cross); COM, Doolin ferry to Innis-Oirr. Set aside 2 days for trips to Co. Galway, 1 day for trip to Tipperary, and the remainder exploring/meandering Co Clare. I have a list of many towns/places to explore.

We are 4 seniors, 1 with some mobility issues; (back, hips, and one knee surgeries), would our best starting point for him to visit the Burren be Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, or Kilfenora? Obviously we will not be exploring much of the sight, but at least we can all get to see some of the Burren area. Specific dates for our 3 'road trip' days will be determined by the weather, picking the best dates for long drives, in case of rain LOL! So, again thank you, and if there is a best starting point for the Burren visit for our mate to manage, I appreciate your input.

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Western Ireland...
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for Southport, Connemara, County Clare, Portumna
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1. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Might be some points on this Map https://drive.google.com/open… & some option days from Ennis ~~ Ennis South Clare Loop https://goo.gl/maps/gAZUfH1cGkH2

Ennis North Clare Loop https://goo.gl/maps/SUs2hR6DSx22

Ennis East Clare Loop https://goo.gl/maps/3ySFwyzD7W12

Ennis Shannon Estuary Loop https://goo.gl/maps/G9JsQCF3MX22

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
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2. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

For your friend with reduced mobility:

shannonairport.ie/gns/…reduced-mobility.aspx

shannonairport.ie/gns/…reduced-mobility.aspx

https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/accessibility/

Winston Salem...
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3. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Thank you Tony & Uasal! I am so excited for our trip I got carried away with my typing..:) ! The purpose was to have him get the easiest access to the Burren, while providing the best view, if that makes sense. I have bookmarked all the info you gave and wish you both well. Thank you, grammy

Ennis, Ireland
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4. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

I think that Ballyvaughan is a very good base for the Burren and has a good selection of pubs and a few places to eat.

If you want to be right in the centre of the Burren landscape, you can't beat Fanore, but you would not have the same selection of places to wine and dine!

Winston Salem...
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5. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Terrific! Thanks bannergirl!

We can do Ballyvaughan as one of our "town stops" to meander and have a break in one of the pubs; and will add Fanore for seeing the Burren. Thanks again, grammy. :)

Winston Salem...
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6. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Hi All!

We had a lovely time, thanks mostly to the info and help from TA members/experts.

We managed to brave the howling winds the first few days and got to see almost all on my list. From our base in Kilrush we drove up to Galway, and down to Co. Tipperary, (via ferry). The guys got a day of golf in Kilkee, the grey skies, winds, and Irish Mist did not diminish their enjoyment. In our 10 days' visit we probably stopped in a dozen towns, each one was lovely, some more lively than others, but everyone we had interactions with were great! 10 days were the perfect amount of time for us. Thank you again, and for anyone researching a possible holiday in Ireland I say “do it”!

Ennis, Ireland
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7. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

Thanks for getting back to us, Grammy.

It's great to know that you had a good time.

I can't believe you got wind and mist as we have had sunshine for most of the past two to three months.

Winston Salem...
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8. Re: 10 days Co Clare, and best entrance to the Burren?

I was more surprised than anyone! LOL . We arrived on the coast 14 June and the howling winds did not let up until 4-5 days later. From what everyone told us, many times, was "you should have been here last week"! OK tho, the people made up for Mother Nature’s tantrum, and we managed to have a good time. Everyone was so nice . By the end of our 10 days, the weather went to above normal temps, and remained above normal for our 2 days in Dublin and 3 days in UK. We always try to "go with the flow, make the best of it", and all went well.

Safe travels, grammy

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