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Dublin to Gort

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Dublin to Gort

I will be going to Gort for a week in April on business. I was wondering if anyone would suggest a place to stay. I was looking at Lady Gregory...any opinions? Would it be smarter to stay somewhere else and "commute" to the site? I would be thinking of no more than a 1/2 hours drive.

There's so many places I want to see that I know it isn't feasible in my time-frame. Realistically, I would arrive in the area Saturday early afternoon so the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday would be my "play tourist" time. M - F only in the evening.

This is an unexpected trip and my time frame - as you see - is very short to get organized.

If anyone has any thoughts or opinions, they are more than welcomed.

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1. Re: Dublin to Gort

On the weekend, you could easily travel to various sites in Co. Clare (e.g. Cliffs of Moher, the Burren), to the Connemara in Co. Galway or to Galway city.

I have only driven through Gort and did not stay there, so others will have better advice regarding where to stay.

Enjoy your trip!

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2. Re: Dublin to Gort

The pretty market town of Kinvara, which is only 10 km from Gort might make a nice alternative as a base. It is only a 20 minutes drive from Gort and you should be able to take a drive to Ballyvaughan and the cliffs of Moher very easily from kinvara when your working day is over :-)

There is a hotel in Kinvara which was built in the 90's called the Merriman Hotel (called after Brian Merriman the poet) and it has the largest thatched roof in Ireland.

They also have self catering apartments overlooking the quayside and Dunguaire Castle

http://www.merrimanhotel.com/

http://www.kinvara.com/

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3. Re: Dublin to Gort

There is also plenty to see in Gort if you base yourself there. I havn't stayed in the Lady Gregory Hotel but have visited there and it is a nice hotel although I do think Kinvara would be a nicer place to stay.

You should also make the effort to see Coole Park which is just 10 minutes outside Gort. It was the home of Lady Gregory who was a co- founder of the Abbey Theatre. W.B Yeats was a regular visitor there and wrote a poem called "The Wild Swans of Coole". Nice place to take a lunch break.

http://www.coolepark.ie/

Thoor Ballylee is also just outside Gort and was the home of W.B.Yeats.

www.dochara.com/play/all/thoor-ballylee.php

Another beautiful place to visit when in the area is the monastic site of Kilmaduagh.

http://www.stcolman.com/life_monastery.html

http://www.gortonline.com/TouristGuide/PlacesofInterest/KilmacduaghMonastery/Kilmacduagh+Monastery.htm

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