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Help with Ireland itinerary!

Austin
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Help with Ireland itinerary!

Any suggestions would be very helpful for this first time visitor from Texas! Flying in/out Dublin. Arrive March 12 at 7:00AM. Take train to Galway and or Limerick. Pick up car and drive to Ennis.

Day 1 (March 12) : Ennis. Spend the night.

Day 2 (March 13): Head to Dingle area. Spend the next 3 nights in Kilarney. (March 13,14,15)

Day 5 (March 16): Head towards Cashel. Spend night in Wicklow.

Day 6 : head to Dublin. Stay there March 17-19. Fly home.

I know we want to see Bunratty Castle, maybe the Aran Islands, explore the Dingle area, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin caves, Cashel.

I thought the train from Dublin might be easier than just hopping in a car and driving oon the left hand side. However, we do land early so maybe this is fine. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Help with Ireland itinerary!

I would not spend all that time and effort getting to Ennis just to stay the one night and move on to Dingle. Seems like quite a bit of travel.

I'd recommend either staying in Dublin on the night of arrival to get rested up after the flght, and driving to Killarney the next morning, or get the rental car on arrival and drive just an hour or two to shorten the next day's trip.

But unless I'm missing something, you're spending a lot of time to get to Ennis and then not staying there at all except to get up and drive to Killarney the next morning?

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2. Re: Help with Ireland itinerary!

I know this is your first post on TA (welcome!) so also just noted you posted this question in the forum for Kilkenny, which is not near any of the places you're asking about. You may want to consider reposting in the general Ireland forum or Dublin forum where more people might see it.

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"I thought the train from Dublin might be easier than just hopping in a car and driving oon the left hand side. However, we do land early so maybe this is fine."

We generally don't recommend that people coming off long overnight flights head out from the airport on long journeys on the 'wrong' side of unfamiliar roads in a strange car. And landing at 7am means you will be heading out into Dublin's rush hour traffic. One option would be to reorganise your itinerary and head straight from DUB to County Wicklow which is a relatively easy and short journey and stay there for to rest and recuperate for your first night, before heading out on a longer drive the next day.

You will need to get to Dublin's Heuston Station in the city centre to pick up a train for Galway or Limerick. To get to Heuston Station from DUB you can either take a taxi (you'll find the taxi rank to the right outside the terminal) at a cost of around €25-30 or catch the Airlink 748 express bus service - you can pick it up outside the terminal and it stops right outside Heuston Railway Station €6 one way and €10 return per adult.

dublinbus.ie/en/…

A few observations......

- you don't seem to have given yourself any time to explore County Clare (Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, etc.). Also with so many lovely (and in terms of your wish list of places to see, more conveniently located) villages and small towns in County Clare, Ennis certainly wouldn't be our choice as a base. We like Doolin, Ballyvaughan and Ennistymon.

- to get to the Aran Islands by ferry, you have to depart from either Rossaveal in County Galway (year round) or Doolin in Co. Clare (seasonal, and the ferries may not be running when you are here), and you'd need to budget a whole day for your trip

- it would be a shame to spend the night in County Wicklow and not to visit St. Kevin's monastic site there, one of Ireland's most important and most visited heriitage sights. You'll find more information in the Top Questions about County Wicklow section on the County Wicklow Forum.

- you won't need a car in Dublin and it will only be an expensive inconvenience for you, so our advice would be to drop it off at Dublin Airport when you return to the city For reasons why we don't advise visitors to drive in the city, check out the Top Questions about Dublin on the Dublin Forum - just click on 'how can I get around Dublin? for more details and for information on public transport etc. If you are staying in the city centre (recommended) you'll be able to get around easily on foot to most popular sights and attractions as well as restaurants, pubs, etc. In the Top Questions about Dublin section you'll also find information on transfer options from the airport to the city centre (for making your way into the city once you've returned your car there).

- Your itinerary has you arriving back in Dublin for 17th which is St. Patrick's Day and a public holiday. You might want to take into account that traffic is severely disrupted from early on St. Patrick's Day to facilitate the various festivities, especially the Parade which kicks off around midday. If you don't want to miss the fun, we'd recommend aiming to get back into the city early in the day. It's also another reason for staying centrally and for dropping your car off at Dublin Airport before you head into the city (you can access DUB from all of the main routes around the country without going through the city by using the M50 orbital motorway).

For information on the St. Patrick's Day Festival in Dublin (which ends with St. Patrick's Day itself) have a look at the Top Questions about Dublin section (click on 'In Dublin For St. Patrick's Day'?). You'll also find lots of other information about things to see and do in the capital in the Top Questions about Dublin section.

This website is a useful tool for calculating journey times, routes and distances when driving in Ireland. It does tend to underestimate journey times though, so add about 15% for a more realistic estimate. Ireland may be a small country but distances can be very deceptive and it can take a lot longer than you expect to go what looks like a very short distance on the map!

http://www.aaireland.ie/routes_beta/

If you do decide to take the train, you'll find timetables, fares and tickets on the Irish Rail site. Tickets are usually cheaper when booked online. You can then pick the tickets up at the railway station on your way to the train.

www.irishrail.ie

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