My wife and I are traveling to Ireland at the end of this week. We're nailing down our 'must see' destinations as well as hoping to find as many suprises along the way as we can. Here is our basic itinerary.
We'll arrive in Shannon on Saturday and rent a car. We have accomodations at a B&B for two nights in Limerick. We intend to see as much as we can, north of limerick, in a day and then the same plan, south of Limerick, on the second day. We'll then head out to Cashel where we'll stay a night and see as much as we can in that area. Finally we're headed off to Dublin where we plan to give up the car and use our feet and public tranportation for the rest of the trip. We'll leave the following Saturday from Dublin International.
What I'd like to know is, are there any flaws in our trip? Time, transportation, etc? Also, what are the sites that we should see in those areas?
We both enjoy the history and culture of Ireland so those type of stops are certainly a plus. Also a evening nestled up next to a pint in a local pub sounds nice.
Thanks for your help!
Hi! It is a good idea to rent/hire a care to travel Ireland. The island is not that big so you have plenty of time to travel. Im trying to remember what we did.. we visited the Blarney Castle and you can kiss the Blarney stone, we saw a million castles, we went to the Crystal factory... I think the name starts with a W.. Waterford, they make the best crystal vases. We drove to Galway and walk the town.. the people are younger there becuase of the three surrounding universities. You might want to check out their upcoming concerts because they have the best music/bands going thru Ireland. I really wanted to see a few of their bands but we were short on time. Dublin was my favorite. You def have to see the palace and visit the pubs, the guiness factory and have a pint. I also like the whiskey factory, Jammison.. I dont think I have spelt that right.
I hope you enjoy your trip. There is def too much to see in 7 days but you can def fit a lot of stuff in.
if you're into books then you should check out the chester beatty library in dublin castle, if you are into history , then north of dublin you should go to see newgrange, its older then the pyramids !!! you can get a bus to it so you won't need a car, also the usual sites - the guinness factory (the best view of the city is from the top floor), the jameson factory, st patricks cathedral, phoenix park is nice for a walk, its the largest enclosed park in europe, also we have many fine museums, parks, loads of pubs,castles, if you like a quiet peaceful traditional view of the island then the west is great for this ...... dublin, like most large cities is constantly changing (though no where near as fast as london or new york)
if you're short on time there is many short stop bus tours then you can hop on and off as you see items that interest you
hope you have a great time
If you have a day or two in limerick I would strongly recommend the Hunt museaum as well as King Johns Castle,both are well worth a visit.for your pints and trad music try dolans,near jurys inn.great food, great music, and craic.
If you go to any castle in the limerick area make it bunratty, its very nice! About half an hours drive from limerick is Killaloe, its on lough derg and it really is lovely and you can do a bout trip on the lake. If you get a chance Id highly reccommend the west of Ireland, Dingle in Co.Kerry is really beautiful!
I dont think you may be down this far south but l can really recommend Kinsale - wonderful fishing town, great food and pubs.
In Dublin, Kilmahiem Gaol is brilliant very historical to Irish history and now used as a film set, the hop on hop off bus will drop you off there.
You are going to have a wonderful time in Ireland! The beauty is not only in the landscape but the people are truely unforgettable. I've never been to Shannon but i heard its a grand place and am planning on visiting in in a couple months. Have a good time : ]
Thanks everyone for all the great advice! We leave on Friday and I can't wait!