I will be traveling to Ireland within the next couple of weeks. I will be vacationing with my mother and 2 younger brothers. Our flights have not been booked yet because I am trying to find the best fare for us. Our travel dates would be anywhere from the last week of July to sometime around August16th. We would like to vacation for about 3 weeks. Any suggestions of where to go and where to find the best rates or suggestions of the best days to travel? We live in Cleveland, Ohio.
You could try KAYAK which will give you and idea of flights with different airlines. I would book soon though - this is summer holiday time in Europe so places will be busy. Have you an idea of an itinerary or where you would like to visit? Are you planning on flying into Dublin, Shannon or perhaps even Belfast? Also l would seriously consider car hire as the public transport routes are not the greatest in Ireland North or South.
If you can be more specific l can try and advise further. Good luck!
I suggest u travel around the coast of Ireland. All of that is beautiful.
Hire a car and stay at B&Bs.
If u can get a good priced flight, in the middle of August, rather than in July, go for that. A lot of tourists come to Ireland, and in July there are soooo many. Everything will be crowded and accomodation will be difficult to get, in July. But even in August, book the B&B, before u arrive at each place.
If u hire a car, go to Achill Island and stay at Joyce's Marian Villa. Ask for rooms with a sea view. This is one of my favourite places.
Address : Keel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
Phone: (098) 43134
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 18, 2007, at 1:26 AM by Mel. ]
and if your hiring a car and your mother isent too elderly i suggest that you pop into a camping store and pick up a tent and some sleeping bags. that way if you end up in a town and theres no b+bs available you can always pitch your tent up.
i live in Galway so if i can i try to help you. so first of all, i would not recoment kayak for searching flights. you can find buch of good deals expecialy from ireland to usa on other websides.i would check flights with ryanair.com and airlingus. they should have some good deals. check some american websides. i always find something good on orbitz.com or cheapflights.com. i found cheaper flight on american websides then european.
If you want to stay in one city durring your trip, i think some of westcoat, would be nice. Galway is a very pretty city next to the ocean and with lots fun, and b&b, also Corck and Dublin are good to see. its good to have a car, to see the coast but you have to remember that in ireland we drive on the left side.
dont forget a worm, water-proof jacket couse the weather change very fast, and of course an umbrella.
im sorry if i wrote something wrong, english is not my first language.
I agree checking with Aer Lingus directly. Currently they have rates of just $199 each way. You may also consider flying into Dublin and flying out of Shannon, (or the reverse), so you are not backtracking.
With such short notice you may want to check a B&B network site such as http://www.ireland-bnb.com/ . I saw a B&B in Killarney for only 50 Euros! They also are very good about hooking you up with a B&B in their network for your next destination town.
In Dublin I recommend The Arial House Hotel, a lovely Georgian Mansion close to the DART.
If you prefer hotels I highly recommend the Trident Hotel in Kinsale, a lovely village near Cobh and an easy drive to Blarney Castle. www.tridenthotel.com Large rooms, views of the sea and a great pub!
In Killarney I recommend the Arbutus Hotel http://www.arbutuskillarney.com/index.html Also, I would make a point to Visit Muckross House which is a lovely Estate with beautiful gardens and is only a short drive from Killarney.
I would definately drive to see the Cliffs of Moher which is spectacular. Bring a jacket!
For live entertainment drive to Bunratty Castle which is near Shannon. The Bunratty Castle Hotel is another great place to stay. http://www.bunrattycastlehotel.com/
From there I would go to Galway and further onward up into Northern Ireland.
LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~