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Best driving route from Glendalough to Kilkenny?

We will be driving from Glendalough to Kilkenny and want to know the best route and directions and travel time. We have the Ireland Ordnance Survey map but find it very confusing and difficult to use. Thanks.

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A good roadmap would probably be more helpful for you. Google Maps is also helpful. Looks like you need to get yourselves to the M9 motorway. I don’t think any one option is more scenic than another. Have fun!

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I had GPS to get us from the Avoca woolen mill and store (not far from Glendalough) to Kilkenny. The drive was very nice, although at one point, for about five miles or so, the gps took us down a country lane that had hedges brushing the sides of the car, grass growing in the middle of the tarmac, and no place to pull over if a car was coming towards me. I spent the first few minutes terrified another car would approach, then I started to giggle, then by the time I got to an actual numbered road, I was laughing hysterically, because it was all just so ridiculous!!

If I had ignored the gps and continued onto a numbered road instead of taking the lane, I am sure it would have recalculated with no problem, but that route ended up being one of my all-time favorite travel-driving anecdotes so it was worth it!

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Thanks Stacy & Kathy for your responses. We will try using Google maps on our iPhone and head for the M9 as suggested.

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Don’t rely only on Google Maps as you drive, though, or you may end up, like Kathy, on a tiny farm track. Something similar happened to us. Google Maps gets it wrong pretty frequently— tends to send you on the “shortest” route, which isn’t always the most logical route. Preview your Google Map on a larger screen, or get a paper map at a gas station. Paper maps are nice because you can easily distinguish the main roads from the tiny roads. (Ordnance Survey maps are probably TOO detailed, though.)
You’ll have a great time.