traveling from Dingle to Dublin

I am traveling with a group of 8 people in a small van, hired a driver. We will be leaving Dingle and returning to Dublin. We would like to stop along the way for lunch,. etc to see the sights. We are considering Adare, Cashel, Tully's in Kildare. Is this something that can be done in a day (8 hrs of driving) to Dublin ? Our previous route to dingle was from the west. Please offer your advice and suggestions Our travel time will be the end of May Thank You

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1260 posts

We were in Ireland last April. Adare we found underwhelming - a lot of shops geared to tourists, but not a highlight of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel was historically interesting, the best view of the Rock is from nearby ruined Hore Abbey. From there we went 50 miles to Birr gardens - a lovely old estate where you could wander around the gardens for an hour and stretch your legs before proceeding to Dublin. there's a small sandwich shop there where you could get a quick lunch. If you want another or different stop, it's another 20 miles to Clonmacanoise which is on the route to Dublin. (Check out distances on google maps.) If you chose to visit Clonmacnoise instead of the Rock of Cashel, your route between Dingle and Dublin would be fairly direct.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
8336 posts

The route you are proposing (Dingle/Adare/Cashel/Kildare/Dublin) is about a seven hour drive with NO stops. If your hired driver is limited to an 8-hour day, you will have to cut something to make it work. Of course, an Irish driver might make better time than that, too, but it doesn't look like you have time for much except a quick lunch and a walkaround in Cashel.