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February Itinerary


I will be in Ireland next week with my three teenagers (all 17 and 18 years old). I will not be renting a car because I just feel like it will be more stressful than enjoyable. My question is whether I should keep my stay in Kilkenny or adjust to another place that may have more to do without a car? Trip details at this point are;

Sunday- arrive in Dublin
Monday -take train to Killarney and stay for three nights. (doing ROK one day and another day we will do Dingle)
Thursday- train to Kilkenny and stay until Sunday- wanted to do Rock of Cashel but doesn't seem to be an easy way to get there. (the reason we are going to Kilkenny on these days is because my niece is studying in Dublin and will be able to come down and meet us for this time period and then we will all head back to Dublin Sunday. Do you think we would be better off meeting her in a different location that has easy access to other sights? Is this too long in Kilkenny?
Sunday head back to Dublin
Monday Fly out of Dublin

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Thank you,

Posted by
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We are going in March, our second visit. (About the weather, I will say that it rained nearly the entire week we were there in March of 2016. . .) We are going to do a little traveling via train the first three days, but will be going to Dublin for the last five and staying in Dun Laoghaire. We stayed there last time, and honestly, really loved it. Such easy access to Dublin via the DART and it is a scenic ride, too. There are so many things to do in Dublin it would be a shame to not visit there. And the Dun Laoghaire area is no slouch, either--though it is away from the city, it has places to eat (even Starbucks, my favorite--I know, I'll be in Ireland, but I do like a good coffee), grocers, restaurants, etc., so it is nice for the evening after you've been exploring Dublin or taking tours out of Dublin. We want to take the Wild Wicklow tour this time so we can see Glendalough. But also want to go to Kilkenny. The neighboring town of Glasthule is cute and has places to eat, a wonderful bakery, and a greengrocer. Getting the airport bus from Dun Laoghaire is a snap, too. Enjoy, wherever you go!

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If you just need to get somewhere on a given day (e.g. Dublin to Killarney, Killarney to Kilkenny), a bus will work fine. Buses run from just about everywhere to just about everywhere but possibly only once a day or fewer than seven times a week. Check times at the local bus station, you won't need to reserve ahead and it's never expensive.

When you want to go somewhere and back in a day, with visiting time between, a rental car becomes invaluable.