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11. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

yes cailins on the right track.
you will not be able to rent a car....sorry about that min has gone to 28/30..damn actuarries...a word i even refuse to spell correctly.
fligh to dublin......1 day max..
bus to galway..big student town drinking and socialising..loads of hostels.2 days
down to limerick...1 day
cork.....2
and then back to dublin...
i would advise though spend the week in galway because it might be rag week in one of the colleges.and is just a nice town.
or you can do the bus tour thing but its mainly for old people.
the backpacker bus tours leave dublin and do a round ireland trip
and its mainly young people....trying to get laid!!!!!!

12. Posted by Ryaneire (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

To get a true of our beautiful country, Dublin is not the place to spend the most of your time. Definitely worth visiting even though it has turned into another typical cosmopolitan city.
I would definitely take in Donegal, Kerry and Galway. The Giants Causeway is amazing too. Belfast is also probably worth visint too, for its culture (good and bad) and rich history. If it is the 'troubles' that are putting you off going then basically it shouldn't. I'm going to Vietnam in April and apparently there was a war there also a few years ago ?:)

13. Posted by jessianne (Full Member 54 posts) 11y

I wouldn't rule out the North if you can, some areas are absolutely beautiful! But freezing that time of year.

As regards the cheap hostels on the web. You want to be paying about 18 euro a night for dorm accom, otherwise you'll be staying in the dodgiest areas of the city centre. Dublin can be quite dangerous, like any city. hostels on Gardiner St and Talbot St are cheap, but most are dodgy and in a BAD area.

I'd try and stick to hostels that have been rated and are 18euro+ a night.

Good luck, and don't drink too much over here, pity you aren't coming on Paddy's Day (17th March)!!

14. Posted by traveller8 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Quoting igetlost

yes cailins on the right track.
you will not be able to rent a car....sorry about that min has gone to 28/30..damn actuarries...a word i even refuse to spell correctly.
fligh to dublin......1 day max..
bus to galway..big student town drinking and socialising..loads of hostels.2 days
down to limerick...1 day
cork.....2
and then back to dublin...
i would advise though spend the week in galway because it might be rag week in one of the colleges.and is just a nice town.
or you can do the bus tour thing but its mainly for old people.
the backpacker bus tours leave dublin and do a round ireland trip
and its mainly young people....trying to get laid!!!!!!

Thanks for the info everyone.... this one here seems to most ideal. We're looking at some hostels in each of the cities... 2 nights Dublin, 2 nights in Galway, 1 night in Limerick, and 1 night in Cork. I've got Avalon House for Dublin. Any recommendations for the other cities??

We're gonna try and get a flight (coming from the US) into Dublin and out of Cork. Flying out of Shannon or Dublin would be cheaper, but being that we'll end in Cork, I don't know how much sense it would make to try and fly out anywhere else.

Also- it looks like we're gonna have to hop on the bus to get from city to city. Bus Eireann has some pass that I found on their website, around 42 euros for three days of travel. Should I go with this one? Is there something better out there? I mean we will need to use public transportation a lot-- getting from/to the airport and such, and also getting around the cities and tours. Should I just find these things when I get there, or is this something I should plan for? Bus Eireann has a lot of passes, but some of them are pricey, and I'm not sure which would be best. Wouldn't mind getting on the rail while we're there too- that would be nice at least once.

Lastly, how far in advance do we need to book the hostels? I'm wondering if they fill up quickly or we can wait and do it a month or so before we leave. Same thing with the bus passes.

THanks again for all your assistance...... you've all been very helpful!!

15. Posted by cispheil (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Heya,
If your're driving check out the AA website for driving distances and route planner! it'll give you a good idea of the driving times invovlved! www.aaireland.ie
have a brilliant trip

16. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Hi traveller8,
Glad to hear you and your group are going to visit us in the Green Isle.
You´ve gotton some great advice already but I´ll try and sumarise what I would suggest...

Fly in Dublin and fly out of Shannon. Spend a day doing a tour of Dublin, yes bus trip is really the way to do it. If you´re into music there´s a Rock ´n´Roll tour of the city or if you´re into literature there´s a literary tour also.

For places to stay I´d suggest you try www.hostelbookers.com. Paddy´s Palace, Jacob´s Inn or Globetrotter all come well recommended and are very central.

I´d hire a car on day 2 and drive to Glendalough in Wicklow for stunning scenery and only 90mins from Dublin (it will be February so dress warm and ready for rain, heavy on the rain but who knows, you might be lucky). You could stay the night in a hostel at Glendalough if it´s open and next day travel west to Galway which you can use as a base for counties Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo or whereever takes your fancy.
Once you get to Galway I´m positve you´ll have received lots of advice of where to go and what to see. The weather will account for what´s best to see.

Oh yeah, If you don´t fancy Wicklow you could go to County Meath and visit Newgrange and Nowth etc, all megalithic burial mounds built before the Pyramids in Egypt (can´t get inside though) and travel on West from there.

This is the web address of the main tourist information site in Ireland, take a look I´m sure it will give you ideas.
www.discoverireland.ie

If you have any specific questions you can PM me.
Zaksame

17. Posted by buzz world (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

If you are going to stop off in the city,the double deck bus tours are a great way to get around. As with other cities you'll get to see many of the major sites. The top deck of the bus is open, and when I rode up there I was able to see a lot more interesting architectural details than I could from the ground (mind you if you're going in February, you might want to sit downstairs.

Dan

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