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first trip - Loop Head or Dingle Peninsula

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first trip - Loop Head or Dingle Peninsula

This will be our first trip to Ireland. We will only be able to stay a week so we are limiting ourselves to options on the west coast. We were thinking about doing the Burren, then Loop Head Drive (instead of the Cliffs of Moher) with a stop at Kilkee to see a seaside village, a visit to Bunratty Castle and finally a day or two on the Dingle Peninsula. However, we are now wondering if the sights on the Loop Head drive would be very similar to the DIngle Peninsula. Would we be wiser to do just one and go somewhere different with the time we save? We will have 2 boys, 4 & 8 with us. Many thanks for any help.

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1. Re: first trip - Loop Head or Dingle Peninsula

Loop Head is very nice, and a good alternative to the Cliffs of Moher. The Dingle Peninsula is quite different, and varied. The Slea Head Drive is spectacular, as is the Connor Pass the mighty Inch Beach. There other hidden gems around Brandon as well as Glenteenassig Wood and Annascaul lake. Add in some interesting villages and the quirky town of Dingle, and you'd be missing a lot by not going

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2. Re: first trip - Loop Head or Dingle Peninsula

I forgot to mention that there are lots of activities for the kids

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3. Re: first trip - Loop Head or Dingle Peninsula

Loop Head has gorgeous scenery out by the lighthouse (which is occasionally open to visitors) but is a smaller area than Dingle Peninsula, so I'd recommend stopping there for a few hours en-route from the Burren to Dingle.

Recommend a couple of nights in Ballyvaughan village, which is a good base from which to explore the area :

http://www.ballyvaughanireland.com/

I've not stayed here, but know they offer family rooms :

http://www.cappabhaile.com/

It lies on the outskirts of the village, and not far from Aillwee Cave and Burren Birds of Prey :

http://www.aillweecave.ie/

http://www.birdofpreycentre.com/

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More of my Burren favourites :

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19855-Burren…

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You could then head down the west coast past the Cliffs of Moher to Loop Head. Do be careful with the children at Loop Head, as there are no walls or fences, just sheer cliffs. I love walking along the cliffs here, but am not sure if it would be very appealing to young children unless they're interested in bird-watching and wildlife in general. If you're lucky you might see dolphins or seals offshore, and hares near the lighthouse.

http://www.loopheadclare.com/

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You might want to stay a night in Kilrush to break the journey, even consider a boat trip to see dolphins :

http://www.dolphinwatch.ie/

Then continue to Dingle. I highly recommend 3 nights on the Peninsula;; there's so much for children and parents to enjoy, like visiting the Seal Sanctuary; the little aquarium; a boat trip to see Fungie, Dingle's resident dolphin ( if you don't see dolphins at Loop Head); beautiful sandy beaches; possibly a boat trip to Great Blasket (great place for a picnic and play on the beach) . . . . .

http://www.dingle-oceanworld.ie/

http://www.dinglesanctuary.com/Sanctuary.html

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Then you could drive up to Bunratty village for the afternoon, to visit the Folk Park and Castle. This b&b is located in the village centre, within walking distance of the Castle and shops/restaurants :

www.bunrattycourtyard.com/asp/section.asp?s=1

shannonheritage.com/Attractions/…

Do look out for the wolfhounds at Bunratty, plus the ponies and donkeys - and check opening times on the website.

Bunratty is only 10-minute drive to Shannon, and conveniently, there's a garage in the village where you can refuel before returning the car.

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