We are traveling by car from Westport to Dublin. Where should we stay overnight? Thanks!
Its not a long drive. 3.5 hours.
Or are you asking where to stay in Dublin?
Halfway between Westport and Dublin overnight. Maybe Athlone?
It would help to know your reason for looking for an intermediate stop between Westport and Dublin.
Are you leaving Westport late and need a place to just stop and stay over on you way to Dublin?
Are you looking for an interesting city/town to stop in and visit as part of leisurely travel back to Dublin?
When are you traveling, and what are the ages/interests of the people in you group?
According to Google Maps, the are two routes, northerly and southerly, both a little over 3 hours each, although it's always good to add extra time to those estimates.
I've done the northerly route several times, but we have family along the way, so I can't speak to the sights. The southerly route, through Athlone which you've mentioned in another post is close to Clonmacnoise and several other places worth visiting.
On both routes you'd be on pretty major highways.
If you provide more information we could give you better advice.
We are looking to break up the 3 hr drive from Westport to Dublin Oct 23-24. My husband and I are traveling with our 22 year old son.
This website has lots of information on Athlone. The link is for cultural sites, including Clonmacnoise, but the site contains link for accommodations and other activities. Scroll down on the page that opens up for several options.
I looked up Athlone because you mentioned it on another thread, and it seems there are things to see and do to make it an interesting stop. I stopped there many many years ago, but don't remember anything other than the castle.
Thanks so much, va to va! I booked the Bastion B&B for tomorrow night.
Great! I'm glad the website was helpful.
I just read your report on Northern Ireland and it sounds like you and your family are having a great time.The details you provided may certainly help someone else in the future.
We hope to get back to Ireland soon. We went 5 times in the early 2000's, but have been exploring other places. However, It still calls.....as does our family there.
The Bastion B&B was fabulous. Close to Sean's Bar, the oldest bar in Ireland circa 900AD. We bought food at the grocery store and used the microwave to heat it up. They are not currently serving breakfast, but there were plenty of biscuits, muffins, and fresh fruit.
Sounds great. Did you do any sightseeing while you were there?