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Ireland Trip recommendations

Hello,

I am taking my family of 5 to Ireland in June or July 2020. I have 16 year old twins and a 12 year old; They are good travelers we have taken them to Europe several times. We are planning on 11-12 days, and will definitely get a car. We prefer “off the beaten path” destinations and like to get outside and hike, bike, tour castles, etc. We generally do not enjoy big cities, at least not for extended periods.

I am building the itinerary, and would welcome and recommendations and must visit destinations.

Thank you and Happy Holidays

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jcmears -I recommend the Dingle peninsula as a possible destination to explore Ireland. The town of Killarney is a good base starting point.

Posted by
580 posts

Given your preferences, you should try to fly in and out of Shannon airport which will put you closer to the Beara, Kerry and Dingle peninsulas. With 11-12 days I would stay in 3-4 places, taking day trips from each. Consider Kinsale in the south, Kenmare/Killarney for the west and Galway for the northwest. Check out the Kerry Way for hiking-particularly the Dark Valley, Charles Fort, the Rock of Cashel and Hoar Abbey for historical ruins and the Aran Islands for hiking, cycling and all around nature.

Posted by
1979 posts

Take a look at "Back Roads Ireland" from DK publishing. Can usually find used copies on Amazon for just a few dollars. Contains lots of off the beaten path excursions that highlight some of Ireland's lesser known, and thus less crowded, attractions. Other than the RS guide it's the only publication we bring with us on our own trips.
If you're really looking for off the beaten path in Ireland I'd say that Killarney is probably the last place I'd consider as a base.