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Advice on possible western and sourthern Ireland itinerary

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Advice on possible western and sourthern Ireland itinerary

I'm hoping for opinions on a possible itinerary for a week in western and southern Ireland. We will be ariving in Shannon very early Saturday morning. I though we would drive to Doolin and stay for a night there and see the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Mohr. Staying in Doolin the first night. Then down to Kenmare for the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Penisula. Would you stay 1 or 2 nights there? Then over to stay in Kinsale and explore Cork and possibly Waterford. The last day I thought we would drive back to Ennis for the night to catch our flight out of Shannon the next day. I'm looking forward to seeing all the tourist stuff. My boyfriend would like to get in a hike or two.

We will be renting a car.

Any opinions?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Advice on possible western and sourthern Ireland itinerary

pjdccc

You might be best having 2 nights in Clare (Doolin) if you want to see 1 of the Aran islands, which takes virtually a full day. You might not feel up to a boat journey your first day in Ireland (jetlag, etc). Doolin is right on the edge of the Burren, which is a fascinating limestone landscape with great hiking/walking opportunities:

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

http://www.theburrencentre.ie/

http://www.burrenpage.com/

http://homepage.eircom.net/~burrenhillwalks/

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I did this walk last year and there are more suggestions on the shannon region trails web-site:

caher valley:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

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It will take around 3.5-4hrs to drive from Doolin to Kenmare, so you wouldn't have time to then drive around the Ring of Kerry or visit Dingle - both require a full day. Highly recommend you drive from Doolin down to Dingle for a couple of nights (approx. 3.5hr drive). Fabulous scenery, and a great little town with atmospheric pubs and great choice of restaurants:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i21401-Ballyv…

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/

http://www.dodingle.com/

http://www.dingleway.net/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/cosan.html

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ideally, you'd spend a full day exploring the Peninsula:

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Then drive down to beautiful Kenmare for a couple of nights, possibly stopping at Gap of Dunloe, or sites/sights in Killarney en-route. Walking up the Gap I'm sure would be a marvellous hike:

http://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_of_Dunloe

heritageireland.ie/en/South-West/RossCastle/

http://www.muckross-house.ie/

Kenmare is right on the edge of Beara Peninsula, which is less visited, less commercialised than the Ring of Kerry. Again, great trails/walks to enjoy and gorgeous unspoilt scenery. Pick up some goodies from Jam in Henry Street and head out with a picnic:

http://www.kenmare.com/

http://www.kenmarerestaurants.com/main.html

http://www.kenmare.ie/

http://www.bearatourism.com/visitorinfo.html

www.bearatourism.com/archaelogical.html

http://www.bearatourism.com/walks.html

http://www.gleninchaquin.com/

http://www.bearatourism.com/bwdursey.html

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Your last night will probably have to be spent near Shannon airport, as it seems most flights leave in the morning and require 3-hr check-in. Bunratty is only 10 minutes drive away, and has a good range of accommodation, plus pubs/restaurants and of course, Bunratty Castle and Folk park:

shannonheritage.com/Attractions/BunrattyCast…

You could of course, take the route you have mentioned, but it will mean alot of driving each day, and little time to see/enjoy each area, particularly if you're hoping to get some walks in.

:-)

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2. Re: Advice on possible western and sourthern Ireland itinerary

Hi SarniaGirl

I had not seen your go list for Burren Highlights previously.

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it's really excellent, better than any guide book !! WELL DONE

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3. Re: Advice on possible western and sourthern Ireland itinerary

Doolin, Dingle, Kenmare, last night Shannon. A very sensible plan from SarniaGirl.

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4. Re: Advice on possible western and sourthern Ireland itinerary

Cringing the thought of all that touristy stuff, you will really be missing a trick if you don't head to Cavan for the Fleadh - Irelands premier 2011 traditional music festival starting next weekend:

www.fleadh2011cavan.ie

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