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4-5days in Ireland

I am taking a 14-16 day trip to England/Scotland/Ireland. I already have been to England/Scotland so I already have ideas for there. I'm not quit sure where I want to go in Ireland though. I only am planning 4-5 days. At ideas on places that I should try to hit while I'm there?? Hope you guys can help. Thanks Danielle

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That's an impossible question to answer without some idea of when you are going, what your interests are, how you want to get from place to place, etc. It's kind of like saying you are planning a 4-5 day trip to California, what should you see? You could easily spend 4-5 days in the Dublin area, but you won't get a taste of the "real" Ireland as much as you might in other areas. If you can give us something more to go on, we can give you better answers.

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The reason why I posted it like this is to get ideas like I stated. I'm up to anything, just never been to Ireland so I'm not sure where to go, best way to travel, etc...

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Book of Kells at Trinity College, Gleandalough, Newgrange, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Dingle Pennisula, Rock of Cashel, The lakes district, Londonderry,
Arran Islands, Cliffs of Mohr, Dalkey, Kinsale.....now it's up to you to Google all these recommendations to see if they would be of interest to you.

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Are you planning on driving? That would make a big difference of what you can do, in my opinion. If not driving, suggest Dublin and take day trips from there, you can even do a day by train to Belfast. Need more information to be able to help.

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A guidebook can give you a list of places that the author deems important or worthwhile. I have my own list of what I like, as do others here on the Helpline. You really can't make a bad choice in Ireland. I will say, though, that renting a car would be the best way to travel. Train service is not extensive in the west, particularly, and a bus won't get you everywhere or suit your own schedule the way a car can. If you want to Google some of the above suggestions, you might want to make sure of the spelling - Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough. I might also suggest Blarney and Cobh.

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My husband and I just took a TAUCK tour of Ireland, for two weeks, in June. It was beyond fantastic. Some of the 24 people on our tour thought the Trinity College (Book of Kells) was really boring and a complete waste of time. Some of us didn't like the Titanic Museum, which had just opened in Belfast. Belfast was a let down, in general. The weather was very stormy and pouring rain. We loved staying and visiting the Ashford Castle. It used to be the summer home of the Guiness family. It is so unbelievably beautiful. The Mount Juliet Hotel and its surroundings were gorgeous also. We enjoyed seeing the Cliffs of Moher. Belfast is depressing, due to all the wars and their history. We weren't as imprsessed in Dublin, as we were in other areas. Ireland is just so beyond beautiful. You will experience the greenest, lush countrysides and the warmest people on earth.

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Rick Steves has a 23 day itineary. AND that's still not enough time. Now there are some things I would leave out but some I would add to. It's all a matter of personal preference. Our trip was 8 days and I stressed for months before I realized Ireland was going to require several trips. We spent 2 days in Dingle and could easily have spent 4. In fact, through this helpline, we've met people that spend weeks every year just in Dingle. AND if you're driving, you have to factor that in. From Dublin to Dingle is easily a 5 hour drive. From Dingle to Shannon is ~3 plus hours. If you like the real Ireland, you spend your time in Dingle, Killarney, Kinsale, Cashel, Cobh, Doolin (Cliffs of Moher), Galway, Connemara, Donegal, etc. Buy Rick's Ireland book. It's good place to start. Safe travels.