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Renting car in Dublin: Which route to take?

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Renting car in Dublin: Which route to take?

Renting a car in Dublin in August. Trip time is tight. Any suggestions on this itinerary. (We like the out of doors more than city shops).

Day 1: Dublin to Galway, Connemara, Clifden and return for night in Galway.

Day 2: Galway Cliffs of Moher thru Burren; lunch in Ennis; on to Dingle; night in Dingle

Day 3: Slea Head, Killorglin;Waterville, Caherdaniel: On to Kenmare for the night.

Day 4: Kenmare to Limerick and return to Dublin for the night.

Any suggestions for must see stops along this route? Can we do a good tour in this time frame? Thanks for suggestions! We have no hotels or B&Bs booked yet. Ideas are appreciated!

from: Coming to Ireland!!!!

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1. Re: Renting car in Dublin: Which route to take?

I am completely dizzy! You will have a quickie drive through tour of Ireland. Day 3 is especially mind boggling. Slea Head drive and Ring of Kerry? Hope you have a comfortable car rented. You will be spending a lot of time in it.

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Have you considered cutting something out of your itinerary?

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Thanks for the quick responses! This "itinerary" was the "circle route" we had intended. We were not planning on doing the Ring of Kerry as we don't have enough time to circle it. Thus, we were just going to drive West of Dublin, then south to Dingle and back to Dublin. We only have Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to view the countryside.

Any help would be appreciated. When we map-quested the "itinerary" It did not look like it was too far a distance in between the aforementioned cities. What would you suggest as far as cutting the route shorter, but getting the most sites and stops along the way? Any help here?

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Day 3: Slea Head, Killorglin;Waterville, Caherdaniel: On to Kenmare for the night.

If you are going from Dingle as outlined above, you ARE doing the Ring of Kerry. Kilorglin, Waterville and Caherdaniel are on the Ring of Kerry. Waterville is on the very tip of it. Distances in Ireland are deceiving. Those computerized maps have been "driven" virtually by robots not humans. You need a better map.

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You are overoptimistic. I'd suggest you look at the distances involved and then look at the time allowed on the following basis:

1. Between larger towns and cities on M roads, you can manage about 60 mph.

2. On N and R routes, you will average about 40mph - but if stopping to take in views etc and generally touring, this can readily drop to about 20mph.

3. On smaller country roads, particularly in the west of Ireland, and allowing for some stopping, allow 20mph.

These figures do not allow for extended stops. However, visitors can be deceived by the travel times suggested on websites such as AA Ireland. On these sites, the figures quoted are quite possible for those who are used to driving on Irish roads and who are not stopping off.

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Thank you so much for the advice! We have only 4 days to tour the countryside. We are starting in Dublin (1 passenger has been to Cork area, so want to skip that.)

Want to do Cliffs of Moher, so Galway included in that. What circle route do you suggest to get the most of it and return to Dublin via which route? Want to take in at least one castle and best in four days! Ideas? Routes? Thank you All!!!

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I truly believe you are cramming way too much in for 4 days in Ireland. You will not get a chance to experience the people at all because you will be in your car most of the time. Galway is a lovely town to spend a night in. There are many great restaurants and pubs (that play great trad music). A nice evening stroll up to Salt Hill is lovely as well. The bay is beautiful. You can then head south along the Coast Road, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher. The coastline is spectacular on a clear day.

You can head over to the Limerick area and stay one night near Bunratty Castle. The Bunratty village theme park is quaint and shows a pretty good idea of how it was to live in Ireland long ago. The castle hosts a medieval banquet in the evening. Fun but a litle pricey.

My thoughts are that you head straight down to Dingle early the next day and spend the rest of your time there before heading directly back to Dublin. It is a long drive and the roads are very narrow, especially on the coastal roads. Enjoy yourselves.... wishing I was going back again this year but with airfares over $800 from the states during off-peak times, I will have to pass up on it. Let us know what you decide to do and then post your travels when you return...

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with only three days I would stay all 3 nights in Galway and do a day trip to Connemara and one to the Burren, your plan has you seeing a lot through glass but experiencing nothing, the real feel of Ireland can only be got by stopping a while and talking to people, its what makes ireland special.

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How come everyone that wants to see the west of Ireland and only has a couple of days flys in and out of Dublin? Does that make sense? If you wanted to see NY would you fly into Florida?

Do you realize that there are lots of interesting things to see and do in the east? Why make a mad dash from east to west to south to east? What kind of holiday do you want? One in the car? One where you actually see things and can enjoy yourself? Do you think that you can drive east to west in 1 hour? I don't get it.

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10. Re: Renting car in Dublin: Which route to take?

Thank you to all you generous Trip Advisor people!! We are staying in Dublin for two days and exploring that area first!! Then we are off and about to the western side! Of course we want to meet and greet the wonderful people of Ireland on our journey! I guess one can't rely on the "map" system and aa route information for timely travel. We have four glorious days to drive west and explore... will rethink our trip ... no specific plans.. what do you suggest as our route and itinerary. Want the Cliffs of Moher and not so much shopping etc. more quaint, rather than touristy locales. Please advise us again! Thanks, from "renting a car in Dublin."