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Short Trip to Ireland--HELP!

My husband and I are planning to be in London for a week later this year. Being an uneasy flyer, whenever I go to Europe I try to hit at least two countries because I never know when I'll lose the nerve to go back. That said, I'd like to see some of Ireland on this jaunt, as well. I see that there are cheap flights between London and Dublin, and it also seems that, to fly back to the U.S. from either Dublin or Shannon doesn't make a difference in our airfare. Can someone suggest an itinerary for Ireland over four days, starting and ending in Dublin, or even starting in Dublin and ending near Shannon? Maybe we should just stay in Dublin, even? I just don't know where to start to plan this!

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My suggestion is that since you are only going to be in Dublin, unless you add days to your trip, you should tour Dublin. There so much to see and do in and around Dublin. You can take trips North to Newgrange or south to Powerscourt/Wicklow Mts & Glendalough. You can get day trip buses at main bus office on O'Connell Street where, you can also find the hop-on-hop-off bus offices. I had a friend who went thru Dublin on way to a cruise from Spain last year and instead of a 1 day lay-over I talked her into 4 days in Dubs w/pleanty of advice. Least to say she, her husband & 2 boys enjoyed Dubs and wished they had stayed in Ireland and not on the cruise. :)

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I love Dublin and totally second the idea that you could spend four days there, especially with day trips to nearby Boyne Valley (Newgrange) and Glendalough or Powerscourt. That said, heading west is also a fantastic option. If you have four days, spend one day in Dublin, take one day to cross the country (hitting Kilkenny and Cashel) and spend the last two days in the Dingle area, which is not that far from Shannon. Either way, it will be a great trip.

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I did a brief trip like this to Ireland about four years ago (my second at that time). I landed in Dublin, spent night #1 in Navan after seeing Newgrange and the Boyne River valley. On day two I drove down through the Wicklow mountains to Glendalough and Avoca, and stayed night #2 in Arklow. On day three I drove back to Dublin via the coast road (gorgeous drive). Then I spent the rest of day three and all of day four in Dublin. I had the morning of day five to take a last look around before heading to the airport.