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Arriving in Ireland

Looking for advice for a smart place to stay the night of our arrival at Dublin Airport this summer. We'll be renting a car and would like to find an attractive town to stay in that's affordable and not too far away, since we'll surely be pretty exhausted and will want to limit our driving. Thanks.

Posted by
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...... It would be helpful to know where you will be going day 2 in order to give you a suggestion.....

Posted by
1190 posts

It depends on where you are going after that first night. If you are heading north, I would try the Newgrange area (we stayed in Trim, The town isn't super attractive, but we loved our B&B and it has an awesome castle). If you are heading south, I would stay down in the Powercourt area. Let us know where you are headed, and you will probably have people who have more specific ideas. (my last trip to Ireland was in 2002.)

Posted by
8766 posts

As the others said, it would be helpful to know where you are heading.

We arrived in Dublin, picked up the car, and drove to Kilkenny. It was about a two hour drive, which was long enough. I was pretty tired by the time we arrived there, having traveled many hours before arriving in Dublin. Kilkenny has a castle and is a cute town. The next day we stopped at the Rock of Cashel before going to Dingle.

Posted by
977 posts

If you are heading south, Glendalough, Powerscourt area would be a good option. If you hire a car from Hertz, their office is on South Circular Road which gives you an easy and painless exit from the city. There are possibly other car rental companies too on the south side which would give you the same option.

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As to where we are going ... after a night in the Dublin area, we'll be spending our next evening in Kilkenny. Right now we have a reservation in Trim, which I realize is north of Dublin but seems fairly convenient from the airport. i'm wide open to suggestions, and thanks.

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8766 posts

I did not find driving to Kilkenny after arriving in Dublin to be too far to drive for our first day. I don't think I would have wanted to drive any further. Our journey to Ireland was from California, so it took us much longer to get there than it will take you from Virginia.