Flying in and out of Ireland: 1-Drive to Kenmare from Shannon and spend the night. 2-Ring of Kerry drive, stay in Portmagee. 3-Skellig Michael boat trip, drive to Dingle, stay in Dingle. 4-Stay in Dingle. 5-Stay in Dingle. 6-???. 7-???. 8-Fly out of Shannon in the morning. Would love to figure out a way to see the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Thank you for your help!
Dear Sydney, We made this trip two years ago. Drove to Galway from Dingle, which is where you find the Cliffs of Moher. We stayed overnight in Galway on a farm, as I recall. From there, you can get a ferry to Inishmore, which is the largest of the Arans. We went from there to Shannon Airport and home. Going back in May on Rick Steves tour. You'll have a wonderful time, I know. Alice
Be aware that driving in Ireland is slow going. If you're willing to put in a very long day 6, you could drive from Dingle to the Cliffs of Moher on the coastal route, taking the Killimer-Tarbert ferry (www.shannonferries.com) across the Shannon River. Then you could drive on to Galway/Rossaveel and take either a late ferry (www.aranislandferries.com) or a late flight (www.aerarranislands.ie) to Inis Mor.
On day 7 you could tour Inis Mor and then take either an afternoon ferry or an afternoon flight back to the mainland in time to drive to Ennis for the night. You'd have a short drive to Shannon the next morning.
A more relaxed route would be to drive to the Cliffs of Moher as described above and on to Ballyvaughan for the night. On day 7 you could take a leisurely drive through the Burren, stopping for walks as the spirit moves you. Then it would be on to Ennis for the night, etc.
Spend your last night at the Park House B&B in Bunratty, down the road fron Bunratty Castle, and have your last Dinner at Durty Nelly's next to the Castle. Great way to end the trip.
Six kilometers from the Cliffs of Moher is the tiny village of Doolin. The place has 3 good pubs for music. (a 4th "neon" one is new, and crap, at Hotel Doolin, also new. Avoid it). Nice, quiet place to spend a couple days. Besides the cliffs, you can drive to Lisdoonvarna or up to Galway on a spare day before you need to go back to Shannon. Doolin is between Dingle and Galway, and it's not ridiculously far from Shannon when you need to leave. In Doolin, try the Seaview Guesthouse. Excellent hosts, just google search it.
go to viamichelin.com for routes, times etc. Even gives you petrol costs but I do notknow how accurate--I mean you could be in a Ferrari?!
Oct 06 we took the 30 minute ferry ride accross the Shannon river, northbound to Doolin. The ferry crossed 2 times an hour. We figured it cut off about at least a 2 hour drive around thru Limmerick. The price was for just the car, and there was no extra charge for the passengers. As I recall, it cost between $10-15 US.