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1. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 10y

Hi! We're visitking Ireland next summer. Finally! :)
We'll have 10 days to explore the country. Where to go?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Giant's Causeway.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Are you going to hire a car or are you hoping to use public transport? Where are you flying into? Do you want city life or scenery? If you are coming into Dublin - 2 days there would be fine to see the majority of the sights - take a hop on hop off bus which will give you the history and interesting stories and by the most major sights. If you want then travel toward Cork - stay at Kinsale wonderful town on the coast line - great seafood. Move then toward Dingle and indeed to Ring of Kerry. You want then to travel up toward Galway maybe take a trip out to the Aaran Islands drive through Conemara toward Donegal. Move into the Northern through Enniskillen around Upper & Lower Loch Erne, head toward the North coast where you can visit the Giants Causeway and then drive the scencic North Coast drive and finally stop off in Belfast!

I really would recommend hiring a car and perhaps flying into Dublin and flying out of Belfast?

If you need any further questions answered send me a message via TP.

Have a great trip!

Purdy

4. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 10y

Thanks!

Purdy, we'e flying to Dublin and were first thinking about using train within Ireland, but I read a previous thread here at TP about the subject and it seems like a car would be much better idea..?

5. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Yes, a car is better. The public transport system is plain awful. If you do have to use it, buses are usually cheaper and go to more remote areas. The train system kind of moves out star-shaped from Dublin and usually only services the bigger towns.
A car gives you much more freedom to explore the smaller towns that are serviced infrequently by public transport (eg. Letterfrack, the town adjacent to Connemara National Park only has a bus two or three days per week).
When some friends came over the last time we rented a little cottage in the west and a car and explored nearly the whole westcoast (we did about 1800 kms in two weeks, much to the disbelieve of the rental car official!).

6. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 10y

What a great idea! A cottage I mean.
If you know good places to rent one, could you send me a message via TP.

"visitking"? "we'e"? :)
Sorry about the typos...

7. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

There are loads around, my friend organised the one we stayed in, I can't remember the email address.
I'd recommend somewhere on the Westcoast, maybe a bit central. We were at the western border of Co. Leitrim, very close to Co. Donegal and we spent a lot of time up there.
I'd say, Co. Sligo or Mayo would be a good place if you want to head up North as well as South (North Donegal, South Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher).
And having your own place where you can cook your own food is cheaper than Hotel and eating out, as Ireland is quite expensive.
If you look up cottages to rent in Ireland you will find loads and feel free to ask about the location and the attractions nearby.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Oh, Phil - you reminded me of Rossnowlagh Beach - along Donegal Bay. We stopped for a whole 5 minutes, but it was absolutely beautiful. There was a hotel and lots of little cottages along the coastline, and I hear it's quite the vacation spot in the summer. Next time round, it's on my to-do list!

9. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 10y

hey!!
i travelled through ireland 3 years ago for the summer, and had a blast!! i'm sure you will too!!
the irish are extremely hospitable and very warm and welcoming...which helps if you have any problems along the way...

as for places to go.... i would recommend:
~ Cliffs of Moher (breathtaking sights!)
~ Dingle Peninsula... (especally Cloghan...very pretty)
~ Gap of Dunlop
~ Doolin (quaint little village)
~ Cape Clear Island (navigate your way around the tiny streets!)

of course, you probably won't be able to do all of this, but any part of the southwest coast is bound to be beautiful!!
ireland is a great country to travel to!!
hope you have fun!! ;)
lauren

10. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 10y

hey!!
i travelled through ireland 3 years ago for the summer, and had a blast!! i'm sure you will too!!
the irish are extremely hospitable and very warm and welcoming...which helps if you have any problems along the way...

as for places to go.... i would recommend:
~ Cliffs of Moher (breathtaking sights!)
~ Dingle Peninsula... (especally Cloghan...very pretty)
~ Gap of Dunlop
~ Doolin (quaint little village)
~ Cape Clear Island (navigate your way around the tiny streets!)

of course, you probably won't be able to do all of this, but any part of the southwest coast is bound to be beautiful!!
ireland is a great country to travel to!!
hope you have fun!! ;)
lauren