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driving tour of southern Ireland

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driving tour of southern Ireland

My husband & I will be arriving in Dublin in April for a 10 day stay. We will be hiring a car & want to do a relaxed tour of the area. We prefer to stay in spots for 2 to 3 days & do day tours. Will this work & where would you suggest we stay? We love the small towns.

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1. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

Yes, it will work. Do you intend to spend any time in Dublin?

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2. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

Hello. You could just stay in the counties close to Dublin and have a fine time. Counties Wicklow( Glendalough, the Wicklow Mountains), Wexford(Kilmore Quay, take a boat ride and see the Saltee Islands, Wexford town, Hook Head lighthouse), Kilkenny(Kilkenny town, Kells Priory, Jerpoint Abbey, Rock of Cashel), Waterford(Waterford city, gardens, Lismore Castle, the Vee, beautiful fishing villages like Dunmore East) , and Meath(Trim Castle, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth close by) all have many interesting places to see and scenery as beautiful as any you will find in Ireland. Visiting these counties in a large circle will cut down on driving time between your destinations. Yes, there is the west with Galway, Dingle, and Killarney, but you really don't need to go there to have a wonderful vacation. Go to www.discoverireland.ie and www.heritageireland.ie to help plan your trip. Great sites. Hope this helps, and enjoy.

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Thank you soonas & nursedude. We probably would have at least 2 days in Dublin.

To see Galway, Dingle & Killarney as well as what you have named how much time would we need to do it without rushing?

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4. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

consider spending 2 nights in Dublin to begin with then 2 nights Galway ...2 nights Killarney as a base for Dingle , Ring of Kerry etc.....you then have a couple of days left to playwith .......recommend Cork city / Kilkenny or back to Dublin if you so wish.......

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5. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

We enjoyed driving the peninsulas anywhere in Ireland, especially the south west coast because then you are often driving close to the waterways and along with the incredibly beautiful scenery of Ireland, these views can't be beat.

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6. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

thank you all for your help. we now have some planning to do!

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7. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

For Dingle check out www.dinglepeninsula.ie & www.dodingle.com

Also West Cork is beautiful & the less travelled Beara Peninsula is stunning.You could use Kenmare as a base for Beara www.bearatourism.com

Mizen Head is also worth a visit www.mizenhead.ie

You may find the route planner on www.aaroadwatch.ie helpful,it will give you APPROX times & distances.

Edited: 03 November 2011, 08:07
melbourne
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8. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

Thanks Mary99ireland. Will definitely check those sites. I'm beginning to think we need more than 10 days in Ireland.

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9. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

Have just spent three weeks touring Southern Ireland. The wonderful surprise is the state of the roads, well signposted (all the way to your destination) and good quality. So much so we purposefully avoided the motorway so that we could experience more via the village to village byways. The other surprise is that the distance between the towns and cities you might want to see is not that far to travel even if it looks like it on a map. But do you want to pack too much into a day? that is the question. Our highlights were: Kilkenny (the range of shops are amazing; try Langton house for tea and scones); Tramore - fish and chips at the Sea Horse: the freshest fish in the crispiest/lightest batter; Miss Courtney's Tea rooms in Killarney; a day adventure through the Gap of Dunloe and a guiness factory experience in Dublin - to name just a few.

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10. Re: driving tour of southern Ireland

Thanks Julie S. Your trip sounds wonderful & have noted down your highlights. Will definitely do the village to village byways as that is what we love.

We don't want to over tax ourselves each day or you finish up not enjoying the trip. We usually try to stop driving around 5pm.

I also prefer to stay in one spot for 2 to 3 days & do day trips which is why I am trying to work out the central places to stop.