I have a decision to make. I saw a photo of Kilkenny in the LP travelguide and thought I'd like to go there and stay overnight. I will be doing two day tours from Dublin, one of which is to Glendalough, and found some tours there also include Kilkenny. Some tour companies stay there two hours but this one http://www.daytours.ie/tour_glendalough.aspx gives three hours in Kilkenny.
My dilemma is this - do I choose that tour and have 3 hours in Kilkenny, or should I stay overnight in Kilkenny and choose a different company for Glendalough? I would like to stay the night but,
a) it adds an extra night and money is tight
b) coming from Killarney it takes five and a half hours to get there. I would have to leave by 8am (walk to bus station) and wouldn't arrive before 14.00 because there's a 55 minute wait in Cork for the connecting bus. Add the time to walk to the hostel, check-in etc, it's then half past two.
c) I would need to depart Kilkenny by 11.15
d) if I see Kilkenny as part of a day tour, I can travel from Killarney to Dublin by train which takes 3 and a half hours. (9.30 -13.00)
d) If I opt for the tour, will I regret not staying overnight? Will I be able to see the "sights" in 3 hours?
This is my itinerary:
Galway 3 nights (two day tours, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara & Cong)
Killarney 3 nights - two tours, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry,
Dublin 4 nights - day and a half to see Dublin, two day tours (Glendalough/Kilkenny, Celtic tour including Tara etc)
Thank you.Edited: 29 October 2013, 07:15