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1. Posted by DaisyWhite (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

This post due to a mistake is also in the Forum of North America.
So I post it again in this correct Forum of Europe.

Hi.
I'll appreciate your advice about these cities in Ireland.
As I have only a number of days in Ireland I have to pick out two or three cities to visit among these: Galway, Limmerick, Kilkenny and Cork.- Which of them would you say that it's better to choose for their beauty or attractions? Thanks very much.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1186 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

It would be useful if you could state which cities will be your entry and exit ports in Ireland and which method(s) of transport you expect to use whilst in Ireland. For example, if you are entering and leaving from the port of Rosslare, driving a car to/from Galway could take five or six hours; drive-times in Ireland are often longer than expected. The recommendation of any cities to visit would also be dependent on your interests - would you rather see a rugby match or an historic castle for instance? How many days do you have in Ireland?

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 940 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Here's a vote for Galway and Kilkenny. We loved both. Galway is more of a city and Kilkenny more like a town. Kilkenny is quaint and both are very friendly. We stayed in Galway for three days and took a couple local bus tours in the area which was fun and gave my husband a couple days off driving. You can easily book bus tours to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Great scenery. In Kilkenny you can walk nearly everyplace and the castle is marvelous.

The suggestion above to tell us where you are arriving and leaving and how long you have will help you get more helpful answers.

Whatever you choose, have a wonderful trip.

4. Posted by ToddP (Full Member 122 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

From your list I would drop Limerick. While it's a good place to visit I would not put in the top 5 in the country if you are pressed for time.

Kilkenny is a nice spot, but is manageable on a half day if time is limited. You can get from Dublin to Kilkenny (for some reason I am assuming you are travelling from DUB ). If you’re getting off or staying in Kilkenny beforehand the ‘Kilkenny Ormonde’ stop would be the most convenient to pick up the Cork bus, as it’s right in the centre of town. Looks like ‘Dublin Coach’ are the only company that do a direct service between the two: Dublin Coach
Visit all the sites and then continue on the bus to Cork (2hr). You can do both!

Galway - yes!
Cork - yes!

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jan-2019, at 01:22 by ToddP ]

5. Posted by road to roam (Full Member 47 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Galway! All the Way! Connemara is STUNNING! County Sligo and County Mayo are overlooked and absolutely beautiful, so if you get the time and want to get off the path a bit.... Lough Talt in County Sligo will amaze you and you'll will have it all to yourself.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 940 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Okay, you messaged me that you have 15 days and are using public transportation arriving in Belfast and leaving from Dublin. Using public transport, you may visit Dublin a couple times just to change bus or train. You can check quite a bit of the public transportation system using Rome2rio web site. It will give you options. Also check the Dublin public transportation web site as they have some excellent tours. Click here for Rome2rio
Click here for Dublin Public Transportation

Leave Belfast for Galway and plan a few days there doing local bus tours. In Galway we used the Galway Tour Company and they have a great selection of tours. We took the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren tour one day, and another day the Connemara, Cong & Kylemore Abbey tour. We also visited the Aran islands from Galway. You could do all of these and they are all wonderful as is the city of Galway. Click here for The Galway Tour Company

Logically, your next stop would be Limerick and we didn't go there so I can't comment.

Next would be Cork. Don't miss Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. You can visit Elizabeth Fort and Crawford Municipal Art Gallery and if you like beer, there is the Franciscan Well Brewery.

From Cork, you should go to Kilkenny where you will want to visit the wonderful Kilkenny Castle. If you enjoy visiting historic churches, don't miss St. Canice's Cathedral or the Black Abbey. If you are there in the evening, eat at ’Kytelers Inn on St. Stephen’s Street. They'll have live music and lots of fun. The food is good and the crowd is wonderful. We found Kilkenny very easy to walk around, but if you are there a couple days, there are also tours to, for example, the Famine Ship at New Ross.

Last stop is Dublin and their public transport system (link above) has wonderful tours to Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens or in the other direction, New Grange and Knowth. Both are wonderful places to visit. We used the Hop-on Hop-off bus as our transport the first day in Dublin. We stayed on the entire circuit and then went around hopping off at places we wanted to explore. Don't miss the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. We had a tour led by a student and he was terrific.

How you cram all this into 15 days is up to what interests you. You may want to save some of it for a future trip.

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jan-2019, at 15:51 by Beausoleil ]

7. Posted by DaleFowler (Budding Member 20 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

If you want to travel in scotland here are the places You should definitely make it your mission to visit :-

-St. Andrews
-Glen Coe and Glen Etive
-Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is a railway that is located in Glenfinnan

Places to visit in Ireland:-

-Trinity College located in the city of Dublin
The Guinness Storehouse and The Jameson Whiskey Distillery
-Dublin that I advise you to visit is Temple Bar Street.

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1377 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting DaleFowler

If you want to travel in scotland here are the places You should definitely make it your mission to visit :-

DaleFowler, you should probably read what the OP asked about. They weren't actually asking about Scotland, and after advice on a few Irish cities in particular.

9. Posted by DaisyWhite (Budding Member 10 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody.
As you were so kindly answering my questions I dare to ask something more.
I want to know if in Scotland and Wales it is easy to exchange money in big and small cities and if dollars are generally accepted everywhere. Thanks¡¡¡

10. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1186 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Dollars (either US or otherwise) are accepted absolutely nowhere. You might be able to use the Euro in just one or two large shops (Marks & Spencer?) but for any other purchases you'll need pounds sterling.

You ought to be able to exchange USD for GBP at any high street bank but bear in mind many town banks are only open 9am - 4pm weekdays. A better method might be to use your own bank card (either debit or credit) in the numerous ATMs you'll find ,(assuming it has the Cirrus or Meastro symbol).

It's also worth knowing that the Bank of Scotland issues its own banknotes; they have exactly the same value as Bank of England notes and should be accepted anywhere in the UK but they have a different design.