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Where to stop along our drive?

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Where to stop along our drive?

I will driving from Dublin airport to Kilkenny and then from Kilkenny to Kinsale. What are some good places to stop to check scenery, grab lunch, etc between those locations? I think we'll stop in Cashel at some point but any other suggestions are welcome!

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1. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Do you intend to drive from Dublin airport to Kinsale via Kilkenny and Cashel in a day? If so, allow 5hrs for the journey, plus time for stops. After driving down from the airport, there's enough in Kilkenny to keep you busy for the rest of the day, so if you want to press on to Cashel and Kinsale, you'll have to pick + choose your sites/sights. I really like St Canice's Cathedral and round tower, plus Kilkenny Castle; these alone will take at least a couple of hours:

kilkennytourism.ie/eng/…

http://www.stcanicescathedral.com/

http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/en/

And you'll probably spend around 1-1.5hrs at Cashel:

heritageireland.ie/en/…

I don't think you'll have time for anywhere else en-route.

Are you arriving in Dublin that morning off a transatlantic flight? If so, you might be best to replan, drive as far as Kilkenny, which is around 2-2.5hrs from the airport, spend the day in the city and overnight there.

Edited: 2:17 pm, May 21, 2013
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2. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Don't worry, we did the research :) We are not driving straight to Kinsale. We are driving to Kilkenny and staying the night and then driving to Kinsale.

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3. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Ok, if you are coming from Dublin, I suggest you come off the motorway at Crookstown and visit the Moone High Cross, the high crosses of Castledermot and the romantic mock gothic ruins of Ducketts grove with restored wall gardens, craft shops and a café.

www.carlowgardentrail.com/ducketts_grove.htm

http://highcrosses.org/moone/index.htm

http://highcrosses.org/castledermot/index.htm

Edited: 5:40 pm, May 21, 2013
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4. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Caher castle on your way to Kinsale.

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5. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Kilkenny and Kinsale are MUST sees. Plan plenty of time for the Rock of Cashel-it is awe inspiring

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6. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Kinsale would not be a must see for me.

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7. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Listen to Harveyireland she knows her stuff, she helped us out with suggestions when we went a month ago and they were perfect.

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8. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

Thank you everyone! We had a fabulous trip! We actually loved Kinsale! Such a great town. We managed 6 cities in 8 days and well worth it. We made it to: Kilkenny, Kinsale, Dingle, Doolin, Galway and Dublin.

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9. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

MF23 6 cities in 8 days is way to many for my tastes, all one can do is pass through, to get a good feel at least 2 days or even better 3, just my opinion.

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10. Re: Where to stop along our drive?

And to each their own! We wouldn't have changed a thing! The best way we saw the country was driving and it was an adventure every day. We were happy to spend 2 nights in Kinsale and 2 in Dublin. We got up every morning without an agenda and we really liked that. When we come back...we now where we would like to spend more time. Cheers!

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