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Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

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Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

We will be traveling from Doolin to New Grange (April 13th), before we check in to our Airport Hotel (leaving Ireland the following day ) . If we leave Doolin by 8-9am from my understanding it will take us 3-4 hours at least to get there which puts us arriving around 1pm. Will there still be tours avialable at that time, or will it be a waste of a day?

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1. Re: Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

It all depends on the day of the week and the time of the year. Saturday in high season I would say no but a Wednesday in February then probably yes. There's no way to know.

How about trying it and having a back up plan if it doesn't work? Trim Castle is not far and might be a good alternative?

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2. Re: Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

Go to the National Transportation Agency's website, type in Doolin and Newgrange on the planner and see what comes up.

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3. Re: Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

Driving Doolin to Newgrange is about a 3 and 1/2 hour drive. Go via Galway, Dublin, Newgrange sticking to the Motorways from Galway would be the easiest and fastest route.

As you cannot pre book Newgrange you have to wait in line, So it is hard to know the wait, but its a Saturday in April, so its not high season, Easter School holidays finished the week previous, which usually results in a dip in demand the week after holidays finish.

The offical newgrange website http://www.newgrange.com/visitor.htm Has all the information and I suggest maybe a quick email to them as they could give you an indication of a typical waiting time. Otherwise they say get there early.


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4. Re: Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

i think you'll find the drive is closer to five hours and that would be with no stops for petrol, toilet, eating breaks.....aa roadwatch says close to four hours and you usually can add 20-25% to that to get a really accurate time...

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5. Re: Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

Agree with last post.

If you really want to see NewGrange (which I strongly recommend) you should leave around 7am.

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6. Re: Doolin to New Grange , is it possible?

As well as your five hour drive from Doolin you should also factor in that a tour of Newgrange takes up to around 3 hours. Seeing as you will be travelings east anyway you should also think of alternative nearby venues just in case Newgrange is not available on the day you travel, ie Boyne Battle Site and Drogheda Millmount museum are well worth a visit.

Edited: 27 January 2013, 13:44
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