drive from shannon to dingle what to stop and see

We are renting a car at Shannon at 7am on the 30th and driving towards Dingle where we will stay for 2 nights. Any advice on what to stop and see along the way. Where to stop to eat? Once we are in Dingle advice on dinner that night and things to make sure to see the next day? thanks

Posted by Tod
San Diego, CA, USA
218 posts

You get in early enough to spend some time on your drive, but it depends on what you want to do. You could travel north to the coast and see the Cliffs of Moher, but if you're heading north out of Dingle that's a bit of a detour going north and then south again. Swinging through Killarney and maybe seeing the Muckross House and/or extensive gardens and lands is more your speed. You'll certainly have plenty of choices about where to eat in Killarney since it's an actual city. The only little town I have personal experience with is Killgorn which is a little, picturesque town at the end of the Ring of Kerry and may be a better jet-lagged stop than dealing with a big city. The classic day in Dingle is the peninsula driving tour. If you want to do it yourself follow the guide in RS Ireland book or take the local tour by the guy who take the RS tours when they're in town if you can get in. (He and his wife run the Kirarry BnB and he does the archeological tours.) If you do I tour I recommend taking the time for the Blasket Island museum which I thought was great. At night obviously do the pub tour and look for the place that's playing the trad you want to listen to most. I really enjoyed the James G. Ashe restaurant for dinner. They really are making an effort to be a good restaurant - when we wandered in at that awkward between lunch and dinner time she took the time to offer us what she could cook even though the kitchen was closed and we had a drink and nice snack. They serve the local Dingle beer in bottles - I preferred the Dark Ale but both were good. Have a great time,
=Tod

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

Since you are landing in Shannon, you might want to see Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which is just six miles away from the airport. For us, it served as a nice, brief drive to get used to driving on the other side of the road. There is a little shopping center with a good restaurant right across the road, too. I would definitely take the time to see the Cliffs of Moher, since you are only an hour or so from them at Shannon. You can save a little driving distance heading to Dingle by taking the car ferry at Killimer/Tarbert it's a 20 minute crossing, something a little different to do, and it saves you from going around through Limerick and its traffic.

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

There is also a tunnel at Limerick. The road (small toll, I think two euros) goes under the Shannon and bypasses Limerick. We used this road last April - traffic on it moved quickly.