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Killarney Nat. Park or Skellig Michael

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Santa Claus, IN
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Killarney Nat. Park or Skellig Michael

First trip to Ireland will be in April. Our current itinerary has us visiting Blarney Castle early before heading to Killarney National Park, staying in Killarney that night. ROK woul follow the next day and we'd drive to Dingle for the night. I am thinking a Skellig Michael excursion would be a much more memorable experience than Killarney, though. Would it make sense and be doable to start the ROK the same day as Blarney Castle and spend the night on the way to Portmagee. If weather allows, catch the ferry to Skellig Michael the next morning. Afterward, finish ROK before heading to Dingle. If weather doesn't allow for the ferry ride, we'd have a day of leisure or hiking.

Thoughts? Chances for ferry rides in April?

Auburn, Maine
posts: 300
reviews: 20
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Skellig Michael hands down. Killarney NP is nice but Skellig Michael is fascinating. It is our favorite place (so far) in Ireland. We went last April and that particular day the weather was just awesome. If you haven't booked a stay in Dingle yet, I would recommend Pax Guest House. A very nice B&B right on the outskirts of Dingle Town.

Arlington, Virginia
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reviews: 92
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Trips to Skellig Michael are completely dependent on the weather--wind being a big factor. We were in County Kerry in mid-May 2011 and hoped to go to Skellig Michael but the boats did not run for the two days we were there. In fact, the host of our B&B (which faced Skellig Michael) said the boats had not run for the two weeks prior to our visit. (From what I read before our visit, the boats run on an average of 2 days per week.)

So, if you want to visit Skellig Michael in April, have a back-up plan in case you can't go.

dublin
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Who is in your party? If you have children, don't bring them. And at my age, I won't be on the boat either.

Santa Claus, IN
posts: 51
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Thanks so far for the comments. It will be my wife and me, both just over 30. We've hiked the Inca Trail, so should be up for the climb.

dublin
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That being the case.

Come and enjoy.

Santa Claus, IN
posts: 51
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Longhorn74, what B&B did you stay in...and do you recommend it?

Killarney
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Would highly recommend The Moorings in Portmagee to stay in: http://themoorings.ie/.

If the weather allows for a Skellig trip (which needs to be pre-booked) then try Seanie: http://www.skelligsrock.com/ and if the conditions don't allow this trip then ROK could be your back-up option; which is an amazing day. Make sure to take in Ballinskelligs on-route!

Killarney National Park is spectacular, especially if you can combine it with Gap of Dunloe, either by bike: http://www.killarneyrentabike.com/, or bike and boat: http://killarneydaytour.com/.

Shame to miss out on National Park when you're so close.

Nathan

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