I wrote a few days back and now want to see what you experts think of my final plan. I have 8 nights in Ireland and 2 more on my way home from Italy. First trip, no car, no one-nighters. Fly into Dublin, drop off suitcase, immediately train it to Galway and stay 3 nts to ease off jet-lag, relax, and see the Cliffs (daytrip tour), then take the long public transport trip to Dingle and stay 3 nts, and then fly from Kerry airport back to Dublin (r these prop planes, anyone know?) and stay 2 nts in Dublin. On way back from Rome, will have 2 more nights near/in Dublin. I had to give up the idea of seeing the south (i.e. Kilkenny) over seeing Dingle and Galway is the closet stop on the way to mellow out from travel. Does everybody agree this is the best choice in order to see Dingle? I will be able to do day tours from Dublin, as well, such as Newgrange and Belfast or Wicklow Mtns. Thanks a bunch!
Hi Linda, I think your plan sounds good. You are not trying to do too much in too little time. I don't know if you know this or not but the Air Link bus #748 will take you from the airport to Heuston station where you catch the train to Galway. Cost is 6 euro.
Thanks for all your tips! Do you happen to know if the planes, say from Kerry to Dublin are propeller jets? Thanks again!
The planes are two engine turboprop aircraft. As a guess I would say they hold about 50 passengers.
Thanks Pat! 1 more question: Are 2 nights enough in Dingle? or better 3? I am now entertaining the idea of staying only 2 nights and then bussing it to Cork for a night or two, and then on to Dublin, instead of flying. That way I would see more of the country and break up my long trip back to Dublin. Thanks!
You say you will need to drop off a suitcase. If so, this alternative won't work for you. However, FYI, you can take a citylink bus directly from the Dublin airport to Galway for 19€. See www.citylink.ie.
I recommend cutting one night from your first stay in Dublin so you have more time to explore the south and southwest.
if you have 2 days and 2 nights in Dingle I think that would be ok....and I think Cork and area would also be a good addition to your trip and get you back closer to Dublin. I missed Cork on my last trip in 2006 and am going there in September 2008.
Have a GREAT trip!