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daytrips from Kilkenny/ no car

We (both seniors) are planning our trip to Ireland for September. We prefer to use base cities and make several day trips from these. Can you tell us how feasible this will be in the Kilkenny area if we do not rent a car but use public transportation ( or local daytours from Kilkenny) Also, can you recommend any other towns/cities to use as a base to explore the surrounding areas.

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1. Re: daytrips from Kilkenny/ no car

you can get the train to Dublin or to Waterford. How will you get to Kilkenny?

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See if anything here is of interest and help:

http://www.aruralexperience.com/

http://www.kilkennytourism.ie/bus_tours

Galway city might be another option for a base from which to take Day Tours. A sample here of what's on offer:

http://www.galwaytourcompany.com/

http://www.lallytours.com/

http://www.healytours.ie/

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3. Re: daytrips from Kilkenny/ no car

Kilkenny is probably your best location as it is served well by buses and trains. As already pointed out, Waterford and Dublin are both day trips that can be taken by either bus or train. The Waterford to Dublin train will also bring you Thomastown or to Carlow.

A Rural Experience is a company which does day coach tours to some interesting local place and further afield.

You can also check out Kilbride Coaches which provides local transport to New Ross, stopping at Thomastown and Inistioge, and another route to Gowran which is an interesting little town. http://kilbridecoaches.com/#

There is also a Bus Eireann route which runs between Clonmel and Dublin with possibilities of day trips to Castlecomer and Clonmel, as well as Athy.

J. J. Kavanaghs bus company also has similar routes to Bus eireann to give you more choice of buses in the day.

www.jjkavanagh.ie

So there are loads of possibilities along with the fact that Kilkenny is a wonderful place to stop and there is plenty to do in the town itself and lots of options regarding accommodation and food.

Edited: 6:59 pm, July 19, 2011
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Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful information! You've all given us some great ideas and sites for research of the Kilkenny area.

We fly into Dublin where we'll spend a couple of days taking the city in, and will then take the bus or train to Kilkenny. We will definitely follow up on your many suggestions and will spend some time exploring Kilkenny and countryside using the trandportation suggested.

One spot we'd like to visit is the ruins of Wilton castle (our namesake) and the small communities of Wilton and Clough, northeast of New Ross, so we may need to rent a car for a day to do that. I notice that Enterprise has car hires in Kilkenny but we are wondering if there are age restrictions in Southern Ireland for car hires. We are in our 70's.

Thanks for the suggestion of Galway...that looks like a great place to use as another base. Is there public transportation from there to the Antrim area of North Ireland (without going through Dublin again)? That would be our next spot and we'll definitely want to spend some time hiking along the Giant's Causeway area.

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Yes there is an Enterprise franchise in Kilkenny. On checking the website it does not indicate an upper age limit. If you were planning on hiring a car to visit Wilton Castle and the areas around New Ross and Enniscorthy, I would recommend spending the night at either New Ross or Enniscorthy.

Alternatively, you could use a taxi which would be a lot cheaper if you based yourself overnight at New Ross or Enniscorthy. It is possible to travel to New Ross by means of the Kilbride bus which I mentioned in my earlier post. The times of the buses (see schedule on website) does not really allow for a decent day trip, but it would be possible to travel to New Ross, stay overnight and then use a taxi to bring you out to Wilton and Clough. It might be expensive, but much cheaper than getting a taxi from Kilkenny.

Car hire from Kilkenny is possible, but you must allow for the roads which are fairly small country roads and maybe not what you are used to.

A good hotel in New Ross is the Brandon House Hotel, which is on the edge of town.

Edited: 6:20 pm, July 21, 2011
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6. Re: daytrips from Kilkenny/ no car

Thanks Irishrover...you've definitely made some good suggestions, and it looks like we will be able to get to see Wilton and Clough one way or the other. We'll have to decide whether to brave the pitfalls of renting a car from Kilkenny, or use a bus/taxi, staying overnight at the Brandon House Hotel. Either will work I'm sure, and we really appreciate your comments.

Do you know anything about the Causeway Rambler Service for Northern Ireland? I should probably make a separate strand for that...

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7. Re: daytrips from Kilkenny/ no car

Definitely make a seperate post for information on the Giants Causeway and make it in the UK northern Ireland forum.

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