I would appreciate any advise on how to best use three days in Ireland this October. This is my first trip. I am flying into Kerry (from Hahn, Frankfurt), and thought about driving to the Cliffs of Moher, and then a night of music in Doolin where I would sleep. The next two nights I plan on staying in Dingle Town where I would drive the pennisula loop and go to more pubs and listen to more music.I've bought Rick Steve's Ireland 2007. Does this sound reasonable/fun? Any sugestions or comments from anyone would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I think it's doable. You can take a car ferry across the River Shannon to cut about 80 miles off of the drive to Dingle. It runs from Killimer to Tarbot, so it's not all that far from the Cliffs area. That's how our B&B host in Liscannor suggested we go south to avoid the traffic around Limerick.
this is not only doable but a great trip ! My sister and I did it in 2000 and in September my husband and I will do that loop in the same time frame.The Connor pass was awesome and Rick's Dingle drive was a step back in history-we spent a night near the Cliffs-saw the Cliffs the next am and were in Dingle the next night-we did not do the ferry but will this time.
Thank you very much for the help! I am very excited about Ireland. I have thought about trying to squeeze in the 17:30 Dunguaire Castle medieval banquet between the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin music/pubs. This would be after a day of driving from Kerry airport. I'm I getting insane here? Has anyone done this castle banquet? Has anyone stayed in a castle near Doolin that they could recommened? (Would also love to slip in the Burren and see the Caherconnell ring fort and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. In my time frame, though, I may be making it all less enjoyable.I do still plan on only one night in Doolin and then two nights in Dingle Town. Thanks!
You're going to wish for 3 weeks, Sybil!
If you're flying into co. Kerry from Germany, shouldn't be bad. We flew in from Beauvais and I was ok to drive from Shannon to Adare. Shuoldn't you hit Dingle 1st then go north? The ferry mentioned earlier is a huge time saver. You could spend your last bit of time driving through the Burren before heading back through Ennis on the N18.
Doolin is a sight, the trad music starts at the usual time (is it 9pm, i forget) and it was packed until about 11pm. Doolin Cottage, which looked very nice, was unavailable so we stayed at Rainbow hostel just up the street from McCanns (great idea after all the whiskey we drank). The irish stew is very good @ mccanns.
Dingle town seemed to be more full of americans than irish in June. We accidentally found the B&B that Rick recommends (and they advertise out front), it was beyond great hospitality. there's a cafe on Orchard Lane (not the apple tree) that served a good hot lunch for a decent price.
Thanks for the help Joel! I already wish I had more time in Ireland. I'll be in Frankfurt for month of October though and plan to also take excersions to Munich, and hopefully Italian Riveria after Ireland.
I planned on doing Doolin first and then Dingle because I wanted to be as close as possible to Kerry Airport for flight out on Mon. at 12:00. Do you have the name of the B&B where you stayed in Dingle?
You make me feel good about going to Doolin. I love the idea of pubs and music. I was starting to wonder if I should skip Doolin and just stick with Dingle. Thanks again for sharing your experience! Sybil
Don't skip Doolin! It's just minutes from the Cliffs of Moher, anyway. We stayed at Moher Lodge in Liscannor (before you get to the Cliffs and Doolin) -- wonderful hosts.
We loved the Doolin area and Cliffs the most. Highly recommended! If you don't have a B&B yet in Doolin, go to Twin Peaks (http://www.doolin-accommodations.com/index.html). Definitely check out O'Connors pub every night. Go early for dinner...music starts at 9:30pm. Dingle tour is great, and doesn't take a full day. Don't bother stopping at the Prehistoric museum...but rick's tour of the peninsular is otherwise great. We stayed at Tower View in Dingle and loved it.
Thanks you very much for the help, Shannon. I will check out the B&B recommendations and will put a star by O'Connor's on my list.
By the way...I was in Brussels for a week last month. We reaaly liked the Italian restaurant that RS lists, Osteria a l'Omara, at Rue des Harengs 2. We went to Bruges and Maastericht from there, which were both nice (Bruges is awesome!). I caught the Thalys to Paris during the week while spouse worked. Of course Paris was wonderful.
Drink a kriek for me! Sybil