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Another Itinerary Help Question

Arrive Dublin 3 nights
Galway 1 night
Doolin 2 nights
Nenagh 3 nights ???
Limerick 2 nights
Depart Shannon

We have a trip planned for my family of five (adults and teens) to Ireland from July 25-August 5. We have booked 3 nights in Dublin, then train to Galway where we will spend 1 night and rent a car to drive to Doolin for 2 nights, and the final 2 nights in Limerick before we fly out of Shannon. So we still have 3 nights to plan after Doolin and before Limerick. I have thought about going to Nenagh which is in the middle and using that as a base to see Rock of Cashel and Birr Castle, but not sure if it would be better to backtrack to Galway and find someplace else to go or stick with the Nenagh plan. We are tied into the hotel in Doolin, and already have our train reservations to Galway, but finding hotels in Galway for that week in July was almost impossible due to a horse race, so that's why we're moving on from there quickly. We are trying to limit our driving, and trying to decide whether we should backtrack north to Galway after the Cliffs and Burren or head to Nenagh and Abbey Court Hotel.

Any suggestions you can share will be most appreciated!

Posted by
393 posts

I would go to Dingle from Doolin. Dingle was our favorite part of Ireland, and I think a number of others would agree. Is there a reason why you are staying in Limerick? It's really not a very nice city (it's not bad, but there are so many other, better places to stay).

Posted by
3 posts

Thanks so much-I am looking into hotels near Dingle now. It would be a shame to miss it for time in Nenagh. Might keep the Limerick hotel though since it's close to Shannon airport when we leave.

Posted by
300 posts

Just a question- why Limerick? It doesn't get good reviews for its beauty or its safety.

If you mix up your order of cities a bit, Doolin is within about an hour's drive from Shannon - close enough for staying there your last few nights.

Posted by
9363 posts

Or you could spend your last night near Bunratty Castle, just six miles from the airport. They are a number of hotels and B&Bs there, near the castle and folk park.

Posted by
345 posts

I agree with Steve about Dingle and Limerick. If I had to pick just one area in Ireland to spend time, it would definitely be Dingle. (Or maybe Kinsale!)