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Southern Ireland 10 Day Intinerary

Does anyone have a good itinerary for 10 Days in Southern Ireland. I want to start in Dublin and end in Shannon. Musts are Waterford, Dingle, Powerscourt, Kisdale.

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Sights between Dublin and Waterford, depending on your route, include Glendalough, Inistioge (picturesque little town), Kilkenney Castle, and Rock of Cashel. South of Waterford is Kinsale, great little town. Good jumping off point for the Dingle Peninsula is Kenmare. If you have time left over, a bit north of Shannon are the Cliffs of Moher.

It's hard to fit everything in, even in 10 days. Don't worry if you can't see it all - that's a great reason to return next year!

Have a great trip!

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Dingle is the very best of Ireland! The trip around the peninsula is not to be missed and there is great live traditional music at the pubs near the water.

Kinsale is a very pretty coastal town with lots of colorful boats and friendly people but I liked staying in Dingle better.

If you can get to either Glendalough or Rock of Cashel (my personal favorite) there are lots of interesting ruins and churches to see.

As an American, I am always amazed to see things from 800 or 900 A.D. Our country is so new. Ireland has many impressive and beautiful sights and yes, there really are 27 different shades of green in Ireland.


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I second the Cliffs of Moher.The Dingle Peninsula is wonderful if the weather is good you might want to see the Conor Pass.County Galway is beautiful.It is rocky with views of the sea.A drive worth making is the Sky Drive near Clifden. In my opinion Ireland is a magical place ( sounds corny I know-but you'll see).I'd be happy to answer any questions --we spent 2 weeks in Eire.

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As you already said, Dingle is a must. Most beautiful place on Earth as far as I'm concerned. Do the RS self guided drive of Slea Head there. Cliffs of Moher are also great as everyone else said. I know a lot of people don't like to go to Blarney because it's so touristy, but we did it anyway and it was a fun experience.
We stayed at a great B&B outside of Waterford in Mooncoin. I have the names of several B&B's that we stayed at if you would like them email me.
We also left from Shannon and we did the Bunratty castle and dinner there. Also, touristy, but it was a lot of fun. Two things we missed just because of time were the Dunbrody Famine ship, between Waterford and Dublin and the Muckross House. 10 days goes so fast when there is so much to do. We meant to circle back from Dingle and do the Ring of Kerry also, but we decided we just needed a day to rest and enjoy Ireland. Have fun!!

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Am I correct in assuming that you will have a rental car?

If you're going to see the Cliffs of Moher, drive through the Burren on the same day.

The drive between Kenmare and Killarney along the edge of the national park is very scenic.

If the weather is clear as you approach Dingle, drive over Conor Pass. You may not get another chance.

Ennis is a very pleasant town and would be a good place to spend your last night since it is close to Shannon. Several pubs have traditional music sessions.

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As Amber suggests, if you drive the Dingle Peninsula, be sure to include Slea Head. You haven't really "done Dingle" without including that little loop.