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What to do day 1?

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What to do day 1?

Hi - just starting to put our trip from Miami to Ireland in August together. I'm not excited by the overnight flight/early AM arrival. I curious about how others approach this first day. I'm thinking about having a driver pick us up at the airport and do some kind of tour (Cliffs?). Then have an early night and be up bright and early the next day.

Thoughts on that plan?

We'll be moving the 2nd night to Dromoland but given the price, I want to be awake during our stay at the castle!

Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: What to do day 1?

How early will you land?

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2. Re: What to do day 1?

Depends where you plan to stay night 1, If Ennis or Limerick you can get the bus, drop your bags and go to the cliffs by public bus?

Edited: 28 April 2014, 21:31
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3. Re: What to do day 1?

We land at about 9 AM. I like the idea of dropping bags but I doubt we would want to take a bus day 1. This needs to be mistake-proof given that we will be tired.

I would want to stay somewhere that makes it easy to get the car for day 2. Although the other option would be get the car, drive to nearby hotel and then meet a guide.

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4. Re: What to do day 1?

How about Galway, easy bus ride from Shannon Airport and then take an afternoon sceduled tour of the Cliffs and Burren from there.. Next day bus back down to SNN for the car (assuming airport collection) Or Budget car hire have a Galway city office.

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5. Re: What to do day 1?

If you follow Tony's suggestion of booking your first night in Ennis, you could book a day trip to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and be picked up and dropped back to Ennis.

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www.visitennis.ie

edit; sorry, I had typed this before the last two replies, but will leave it in anyway

Edited: 28 April 2014, 22:00
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6. Re: What to do day 1?

I don't know if this will benefit you or not, but we just recently returned and our flight arrived at 7:00 am. We picked up the car, dropped our bags at the B&B then went to get phone and money and breakfast, then went to Bunratty Castle and folk park for a bit and around 2:00 went back to the B&B for a rest before going out for dinner.

We were not falling down tired and adjusted quick to the time difference.

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7. Re: What to do day 1?

Healy's do a 1pm to 6pm tour of the Cliffs and Burren from Galway galwaybustours.ie/cliffs-of-moher-burren-tour but it is possible getting the bus there and back www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1279723383-337.pdf www.buseireann.ie/news_timetable.php…

Edited: 28 April 2014, 22:31
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8. Re: What to do day 1?

Our flight arrived at Shannon at 0530! We went ahead and rented the car but knew we'd need to rest from previous experience. Last visit seven years ago we went touring right away and everyone was so cranky by the afternoon it was awful. :) So this time we drove straight to a B&B for breakfast (prearranged) and they graciously allowed us to hang out (fall asleep) in their living room until our room was ready later in the morning. A nap until 1230 had us well-fitted to tour Bunratty in leisurely way, have a great meal at Durty Nelly's and a good night's sleep. We took it easy but had enough fun to feel like we didn't waste the first day.

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9. Re: What to do day 1?

All great advice and posts. Keep em coming!

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