5 perfect days in Ireland

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1. Posted by cwhalin (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Everyone on here has been so helpful in so many ways! Thank you so much in advance!

My wife and I will be traveling to Ireland for 5 nights. We will fly in from Paris - have not picked our flight yet.
And we will be flying home from Dublin.
We would like to spend 2 days in Dublin.
How can we get the most out of our 5 nights??
Should we rent a car and travel to all the beautiful sites?
What other areas should we stay in?

2. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 111 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

If you want to experience the Irishness of Ireland you have to get away from the bigger places and visit some of the coastal scenery. I went to Donegal in the far northwest, which has a spectacular coastal scenery, but places further south are great too. As public transport to these places is limited you will need your own car - and then, in my humble opinion, you should just hit the road and see where it takes you! :)
If you want to stay closer to Dublin, try out the Wicklow Mountains.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 752 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm a fan of the Connemara Peninsula. However, if you check the Dublin bus web site, they actually offer tours outside Dublin that are great fun and also good value for your money. Glasgow is another city that is lots of fun and there are fabulous local bus tours out of the city. We drove but we also took a few bus tours and enjoyed all of them. The Irish bus tours are unlike anything I've been on as the drivers have a super sense of humor. If you rent a car and drive around yourself, you won't see as much in such a limited time. Normally I'm not a fan of tours but in a strange country with limited time, they can be a big help. Do check the Dublin city bus web site.

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1868 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I had a great time travelling around and across Ireland by car. Lots to see.

But the weather can make or break a holiday in Ireland. I was lucky and had great weather in September when I went years ago.

Tours tend to cover the same small area,

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 752 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

If the poster only has 5 nights, he is only going to cover a small area. The important part is the tours usually cover the areas a first-time visitor to Ireland will want to see. At least they won't get lost driving around by themselves. We had a month and getting lost was fun. If we'd only had 5 nights, it would have been heartbreaking.

6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1868 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I had just a week but that was seven full days. I drove around Ireland and across and back again.

You get out what you put into such a trip.

7. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 111 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Glasgow is another city that is lots of fun and there are fabulous local bus tours out of the city. We drove but we also took a few bus tours and enjoyed all of them.

Unless there is a small village in Ireland with the name Glasgow which I am not aware of, you mean Scotland's largest city Glasgow. This is definitely a bit too far away for just popping over if you have only a short time in Ireland.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 752 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You're right. I meant Galway. Apologies and glad you caught it. Actually never been to Glasgow.