We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

Ohio
Level Contributor
423 posts
149 reviews
Save Topic
Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

My husband and I are traveling to Ireland this May for three weeks. We have almost all the trip planned, except the last two days. We need a little advice about those last two days. We arrive in Shannon on May 4 and leave from Dublin May 25. We have snagged a good deal for a rental car, so we can be extremely flexible. We have reservations at B&B’s except for a self- catering cottage, The Tigen on a farm near Kenmare. This is the itinerary so far:

May 4 – arrive Shannon 6 am…explore Cashel and Cahir. Stay Cahir.

May 5 – explore Carrick-on-Suir - Ormond Castle, Inistioge, Graiguenamanagh – Cushendale Woolen Mill, Bennettsbridge – Nicholas Pottery. Stay Kilkenny.

May 6 – explore Kilkenny. Stay Kilkenny

May 7 – take the southern route to explore Cobh, Kinsale etc. Stay Clonakilty.

May 8 – explore the Cork southwest. Stay Clonakilty.

May 9 – explore the Cork southwest. Stay Clonakilty.

May 10 – explore The Beara peninsula, Glengarriff etc. Stay Kenmare.

May 11 – explore County Kerry. Stay Kenmare.

May 12 – explore County Kerry. Stay Kenmare.

May 13 – travel to Dingle via Inch Beach and Annascaul. Stay Dingle.

May 14 – explore the Dingle Peninsula. Stay Dingle.

May 15 – explore the Dingle Peninsula. Stay Dingle.

May 16 – travel via Tralee, take ferry at Tarbert, visit Cliffs of Mohr, Doolin. Stay Ballyvaughan.

May 17 – explore the Burren. Take planned Burren Walk with guide. Stay Ballyvaughan.

May 18 – travel via Kinvarra to Galway. Visit Galway. Stay Oughterard.

May 19 – explore the Connemara area. Stay Oughterard.

May 20 – explore the Connemara area. Stay Oughterard.

May 21 – travel to Westport. Explore Westport and the area. Stay Westport.

May 22 – travel to Achill. Explore. Stay Westport.

May 23 – explore more of this area, possibly Sligo. Stay Westport.

Or

May 23 – leisurely travel towards the Dublin Airport. Seeing Trim and/or other areas. Stay ??

May 24 – travel to Sword near Dublin International Airport. See as much of the area as time allows. Stay Sword

May 25 – depart Dublin International Airport 12:50 pm.

So my question is…would you stay the extra day in the Westport area or give an extra day to exploring areas across Ireland on the way to Sword? Also, would you add or subtract anything to this itinerary as it is now? As usual, all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
6,589 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

It's Swords, rather than Sword. Where are you planning to stay in the area? Have you seen the Top Questions about Dublin information (on the right hand side of the Dublin Forum - just click on 'Where can I stay in Dublin?') for alternatives to airport hotels? There's quite a bit to see and do in North County Dublin and Swords, now the 'airport town', is a ancient settlement with a rich history that well predates the era of civil aviation and has lots of nice pubs and restaurants to enjoy. If you give us an idea of where you will be staying, we can advise you on how to maximise your last day in Ireland. You may also want to visit Ireland's vibrant and historic capital, and that's easily done from the Swords area.

Ohio
Level Contributor
423 posts
149 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

Again thanks Tapl for your help. We do have a B&B in Swords reserved for our last night, the 24th, at a good rate, though do not know if we could extend it to two nights. At this point, we are not too interested in visiting Dublin, but would prefer to concentrate our time on the rich history in the country side. I will take a look at the Dublin forum questions for ideas too. thanks much.

Ireland
Level Contributor
58 posts
12 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

Hi sinaigirl,

It is a good idea to move towards Trim on 23rd to get close to Dublin at the end of your holiday. Trim has a part restored Castle and is a nice town. Why not then drive towards Drogheda for Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne site. You could stay overnight in the general area. Swords is about 40 minutes by motorway from Drogheda, but there is very little to see there. It was a small town but has grown exponentially in the last 10-15 years. However, North Dublin has the wonderful Malahide castle and Newbridge house as well as fishing villages such as Skerries. Swords to Dublin Airport would be 10 minutes normally but could be up to 30 minutes at rush hour. Also, there is a lot of construction (new terminal) at Dublin Airport, so give yourself an additional 60 minutes to return a car, (temp. arrangements in place) in addition to your airlines requirements.

Regards,

Ohio
Level Contributor
423 posts
149 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

Hi sunseeker...thank you for your most helpful post. This information is extremely helpful to us especially the info regarding the Dublin Airport. As we are flying into Shannon, we would not have seen the construction and temporary car return arrangements to know that we needed to plan extra time.

I will also research more on Trim, Newgrange, Malahide Castle, Newbridge House and Skerries. It was not clear from your post though, as to which town...Swords or Drogheda has very little to see and had grown exponentially? Could you clarify that? thanks.

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
6,589 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

Newbridge House at Donabate is actually closed for the forseeable future. The grounds remain open.

fingalcoco.ie/CommunityRecreationandAmenitie…

The car return depots are not actually in the airport precincts so you won't have to drive through any roadworks/construction. You can access them directly from the main road without driving into the airport, and then take a courtesy shuttle. Just drive down the R132 from Swords towards Dublin Airport, pass the turn-off for the M1 and then you'll see the entrance to the car depots area on your left, beside the long term car park. An extra 30 minutes should be enough for this.

Swords is an outer suburb of Dublin and is Ireland's fastest growing town. It's basically a long main street with shops, banks, restaurants, pubs, a shopping mall etc. surrounded by lots of housing estates and some park land. It also has a ruined castle (currently being renovated) with connections to Brian Boru and a round tower. It's a busy place - parking in and around the main street is a bit of a nightmare but you can park in the nearby Pavillions shopping centre (first 2 hours are free).

There is a Fingal tourism office (Fingal is the administrative name for that part of North County Dublin) in Swords, in Mainscourt which is a little lane just off the Main Street (castle end) where you can get information on attractions in the surrounding areas. As well as seaside locations such as Skerries, Rush, and Malahide, you're also close to a number of lovely beaches which are nice for walks. Donabate beach, about 4km from Swords, runs for miles and has views across to Lambay Island, Howth Head and Malahide.

Ohio
Level Contributor
423 posts
149 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

many thanks tapl.....great information. This will certainly help us in returning our car. Also, thanks for the other information about what is nearby to the Swords area. This helps us in making our decision.

Ireland
Level Contributor
58 posts
12 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

Hi sinaigirl,

Sorry, Swords has grown exponentially and has little to attract the Tourist except its proximity to Dublin Airport, for a short final trip. However, it has a number of restaurants, pubs and the Pavilions shopping centre.

Regards,

8. Re: Almost all planned...just a little bit more of help needed?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12 September 2010, 06:16