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Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

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Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

My wife and I are planning a driving tour of Ireland, and will spend most of our time in the south and western part of the country. Instead of moving bed & breakfasts each night, is there a location that would be reasonable as a "home" for the week and drive out each day - even a couple of hours? Maybe two or three spots that we could stay 2 or 3 nights each? Thank you!

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Beaufort, Ireland
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1. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Galway is perfect for Connemara, The Aran Islands and The Burren ( and Cliffs of Moher), Kenmare is perfect for South Kerry, Killarney and the Beara Peninsula.

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2. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Are there any attractions that you want to see in particular?

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3. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Galway is a good base, Ennis/Limerick. Killarney/Kenmare, Cork maybe? depends what you want to see.. truth is stick a pin in a map and you can fill a couple of days within easy reach using the touring bases I gave you could easily fill a week.

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4. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

We're probably the typical "tourist" and will see all those things plus we just love the beautiful countrysides, so the drive is equally important.

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5. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Ur in Luck then, when it comes to countryside Ireland has lots.. With only a week? then your timing is tight and just having even 3 bases a couple of hours each way won't give more than a 60 mile radius?

What you need to do is narrow down the must see places and then decide the best base for those. Any links you have, what made you decide on Ireland and several factors only you know will come into play.

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6. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Look at the types of Day Tours offered from the following to give you an idea of what's manageable and, typically, aimed at tourists:

Driving yourselves likely means allowing for significantly more time if you intend to stop and savor, along the way:

Killarney:

http://www.oconnorautotours.ie

http://derostours.com/new/

Galway:

www.galwaytourism.ie/ptours-galway.html

Limerick:

http://www.4tours.biz/tours/

Speaking of County Limerick, one wouldn't necessarily immediately think of Adare as a 'central location'.

Nonetheless, these are Trip Reports from people who spent six days there in May and July 2012 and traveled to and fro, on days trips:

tripadvisor.com/…41361298

tripadvisor.com/…42453329

Edited: 5:42 pm, March 13, 2014
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8. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Cork is not a good central location. It's very handy for the South-West, especially if you don't have a car.

But when all your posts relate to one tour provider, I guess the message is that ensuring a good experience for the customer is less important than misleading them onto the tour.

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9. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

Leenane, County Galway, Connemara

Youtube " AT YOUR SERVICE PART 1 "

followed by PART 2 and PART 3

enjoy.

For the west coast fly into / out of Shannonairport.com /

Edited: 9:47 am, April 03, 2014
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10. Re: Central Ireland Location for Day Trips

I'm on record as to my loathing of Paddywagon. If you want the stage begosh, begorrah shure twas the leprechauns type tour guide who has possibly no idea about the site you are visiting, then yes, go for it. I can make this statement honestly, as the owner of the company was actually on national radio telling a guide to make things up and, if in trouble, sing some come all ye type of ballad.

As to "seeing the sights", some will be listed on the itinerary and will be pointed out through the coach windows as you zip past.

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