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    A driving tour from Dublin to South and West

    by scanos Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    See my web site for maps for places listed
    My recommendation is not to hire a car from Dublin because it is a very difficult city to navigate and find parking spaces. Instead, I would use public transport to get to Dublin and pick up car in Cork or Kilkenny. The latter is a wonderful place and accessible by train or bus. There are cheap flights to Cork again from where you could pick up a car. From Kilkenny you could follow this itinerary

    - day 2 Kilkenny - South through Tipperary - stop Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle Overnight any B&B in North Cork
    - day 3 Clonakilty West Cork (same if you were coming from Cork) Glengariff, Kenmare / Killarney lakes overnight Killarney
    - day 4 Clare and Burren overnight Clifden or Oughterard in Galway
    - day 5 - Connemara . Achill Island overnight Westport
    Westport return car train to Dublin

    This will still leave one rest day

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    Bus Eireann

    by Joenes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you don't have a car Bus Eireann is a good substitute.The buses are very comfortable and you can get all sort of different passes that will make it cheap as well
    The only problem is that to some destinations there are only 2 or sometimes just one connection a day but from what I understand they are rapidly improving this
    Since I had only 16 days to see as much of Ireland as I could I even planed the bus times ahead through the internetsite of Bus Eireann and it all worked out perfectly.

    Bus Eireann
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  • GUIDED TOUR: Tyr Na Nog

    by martina.liberati Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I went with Tyr Na Nog around Ireland (north & south) for 6 days... this is our itinerary:

    DAY 1 Dublin to Cork City
    - the Rock of Dunamase, the remains of a 12th century castle perched high on a rocky outcrop,
    -Rock of Cashel, one of the most spectacular archeological sites in Ireland.
    -Cork City, the second largest city in the Republic where we have the opportunity to sample the fine Murphy’s or Beamish Stout both brewed locally.

    DAY 2 Cork City to Doolin
    Blarney Castle where you will climb the steps to the top of the castle and perform strange acrobatic ritual to kiss the Blarney stone to receive the gift of eloquence
    -Killarney National Park and take a walk up to (or a dip into) the stunning Torc Waterfall.
    -ferry ride across the mouth of the River Shannon before a drive to Doolin village.
    DAY 3 Doolin to Westport
    Cliffs of Moher (700ft)
    - the Burren, which is a moonscape of limestone
    - Galway
    - Connemara, the heart of the bogs.
    - Westport
    DAY 4 Westport to Derry
    -Sligo TO climb up the Hillside Tomb of Queen Maeve at the top of Knocknarea
    - Donegal Coastline
    - Benbulben & the final resting place of W.B. Yeats.
    -Donegal w
    - Derry
    DAY 5 Derry to Belfast
    We start the day with a local guide who will take us walking around the old city of Derry, intriguing us with stories of Derry past and present.
    - Dunluce Castle,
    - Giants Causeway,
    - Glens of Antrim
    DAY 6 Belfast to Dublin
    -opportunity to take the famous Black Taxi Tour (7£) around Belfast where you get an insight into the recent history of this divided land, with an opportunity to visit areas not normally on the tourist itinerary.
    -Monasterboice, a 6th century monastic settlement,
    - Slane, home to Slane Castle, the annual venue for big outdoor rock concerts. In 2001, U2 filled the venue with over 180,000 over two weekends.
    - Boyne Valley, famous for the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, to the Hill of Tara, the coronation site of the Irish High King’s until the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century.

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    Getting around by bus and rail

    by kevarms Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Planning my trip I have found the website for Ireland's national bus company (Bus Eireann) incredibly useful. It has printable timetables even down to the smallest routes.

    Busiest days seem to be Friday and Sunday.

    This site also links directly to the train service (Iarnrod Eireann). The site is as useful but the network is nowhere as nearly comprehensive.

    Typical fares:
    Bus - Dublin to Waterford (one-way) EUR 10.50
    Train - Dublin to Waterford (one-way) EUR 22

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    Shannon River Ferry

    by Goner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The main tourist routes of the West of Ireland's Shannon Region are linked via the Killimer-Tarbert car ferry. This 20 minute journey across the Shannon Estuary will save 85 miles (137 km) from ferry terminal to ferry terminal.

    Times may vary, check schedules.

    1st April - 30th September Departure, Monday - Saturday, Sunday
    every hour on the hour
    07.00 - 21.00
    09.00 - 21.00
    every hour on the half hour
    07.30 - 21.30
    09.30 - 21.30
    1st June - 30th September
    (peak holiday season)
    Two ferries operate, to give an additional half-hourly service between 10:30 and 18:00 from each side.

    1st October - 31st March Departure- all week
    every hour on the hour
    07.00 - 19.00
    10.00 - 19.00
    every hour on the half hour
    07.30 - 19.30
    10.30 - 19.30

    River Shannon
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    Stena Lines Across the Irish Sea

    by Goner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland from Fishguard, Wales to Rosslare is operated by Stena Lines. At the Rosslare Ferryport there is a rail and a bus station. You can rent cars and book bed and breakfast places there also.

    We bought a ticket in London for the train to Fishguard and then Stena Lines across the Irish sea to Rosslare Harbor.

    3 Hours 30 Minutes
    Individuals: 30 Minutes
    Groups: 60 Minutes

    For more info go to the Stena Lines website listed below.

    Rosslare Ferry Port
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    The main airports are in...

    by Waoife Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The main airports are in Dublin, Cork & Shannon (there are several others including Knock & Kerry).

    Dublin & Cork city centres can be quickly & easily reached by bus or taxi from the airports while Shannon is approximately half an hour outside Limerick city.

    Driving is on the left hand side of the road & automatics are not very common when hiring a car. Irish roads can be narrow - drive slowly & enjoy the view!

    Trains are usually the quickest way to get around however unless you are travelling between the main towns & cities the network is limited so bus is probably the best form of public transport if you wish to visit places off the beaten track.

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    Best Online Maps and driving instructions

    by geekgrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I loved this site for finding places in Dublin.
    Spouse loved this site for driving instructions - like a USA AAA trip tik.

    But where ARE we?!?!

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    by ConorB Written Nov 3, 2010

    You will be delighted to hear that the road network has improved HUGELY in the last couple of years with a first class Motorway network eg Dublin - Galway is now 2 hours - it used to be closer to 4. Cork - Dublin likewise, hours shaved off the travelling times.

    Could I suggest - GO TO Republic of Ireland on the Route Planner. It will give you exact travel times, plus you can print out the route as it is described step by step for you - saves you getting maps for your Sat Nav!

    Good luck with that!


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    Rail & Bus Options around Ireland

    by ConorB Written Nov 1, 2010

    Good for you...and planning well ahead...I'm impressed! Why bother with a Tour Company??? The island's not that big, any places in particular you want to visit? Try for Bus schedules and for train options. If you book your tickets on-line they're cheap as chips, like €10 takes you across the country. Save your Euros for liquid refreshments ;-)

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  • Hop on Hop Off Tours (good to know)

    by daredevil23 Updated Sep 10, 2010

    Ask before you buy your tickets if "hop on hop off" feature applies to *ALL* the stops or just a limited number of stops

    Ask how long the bus will stop at a particular attraction if you want to do a tour there; or will there only be enough time for the gift shop?!

    Also, make sure the price quoted by ticket seller includes two tickets not just one

    We learned the hard way that it's what's *not* said that bites you in the thóin

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    Look for reserved seats boarding Irish trains

    by ralph.soule Updated Aug 1, 2010

    We bought train tickets to go from Dublin to Killarney, then Killarney to Limerick, then Limerick back to Dublin (after we turned in the rental car). The ticket taker in Dublin warned us to "enter at the middle" of the train and "mind the reserved seats," or words to that effect. Entering at the middle of the train was easy enough, but it was not until *after* we sat down that we realized there are LED signs on the wall above the seats informing you the stop and name of the person that has reserved the seat. Once we realized this, we struggled out of our seats with our baggage and headed forward (away from the station) on the train to find seats without the "reserved" LED indicators. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have entered at the second to last car and headed forward (away from the station) to find unreserved seats more efficiently.

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    Aer Aarann to the West Coast

    by Maryimelda Written Jul 26, 2010

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    If you're looking for the easy way of getting from Dublin to the West Coast to start your holiday, I can certainly recommend Aer Aarann. Flights leave regularly from Dublin Airport to Sligo Airport near Strandhill. Fares are very reasonable and flying time is less than an hour. Connections between Aer Lingus and onto Aer Aarann in Dublin are quite regular. It is indeed a very convenient way to cross the country in a short space of time.

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    Tarbert - Killimer Ferry - Saves time and kms.

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 20, 2010

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    When travelling by road down the west coast to Co. Kerry or vice versa, there is a lot of time to be saved by using the Tarbert vehicular ferry between Killimer, Co. Clare and Tarbert, Co. Kerry. The difference between using the ferry and driving right around is 137 kms.
    The ferry leaves Killimer every hour on the hour and Tarbert every hour on the half hour. No reservations are necessary.
    There is a great little visitor's centre on the Killimer side where you can get a coffee and snack or some good locally made souvenirs. Parking is available but if the traffic is heavy, be sure to get your car into the line or you may have to wait till the next sailing.

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    You *can* rent a car in Ireland on Sunday

    by ralph.soule Written Jul 11, 2010

    I had planned to take the train from Killarney to Limerick on Sunday to rent a car there, primarily because I thought you could not hire a car on Sunday in Ireland. You can, but only from certain locations, mostly airports (like the Kerry airport).

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