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Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

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Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

When our tour group departs from the Dublin airport, we plan to take a train across Ireland and have 3 nights in the West before we depart from Shannon airport. We're wondering if we will have time to go to Dingle and get back close to the airport to spend the last night before we leave? Is it even worth going to Dingle in such a short amount of time? The other option we can think of is to take the train from Dublin & spend the last 3 nights somewhere near Shannon such as Adare or Limerick. Much appreciate any feedback, ideas, suggestions, advice!

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1. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Dingle is not really feasible if you do not rent a car

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2. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Depends where you are on the tour.. the only fixed point for your 3 days is the last night within reach of Shannon Airport. If you want to see Dingle then take a tour from Killarney unless you have done Killarney as part of the tour. An alternative to Killarney might be Galway and a tour of Connemara or the Arans (Inis Mor) there are lots of other options but I don't know where you will have already been?

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3. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

We will be in Galway ,Cork, and Dublin with our tour group.

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4. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Ditto what has been said above, Dingle without a car is not feasible. Concentrate on what's in and around Galway and Cork. From the former you could easily see parts of Connemara and / or the Burren on a tour.

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5. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Galway Cork and Dublin leaves some fairly big gaps.

I would guess that the tour covers (at least briefly) the Burren/Cliffs and Connemara from Galway so maybe Killarney would be the better option.

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6. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

What time of the year will you be in Ireland?

There is a good tour company based in Limerick but they only operate during the summer months. They are operated by Martins, a well established and respected company http://www.4tours.biz/tours/

Paddywagon also do day tours from Limerick www.paddywagontours.com

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7. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Thanks to each of you for your helpful advice!

We will be in Ireland next July.

It looked possible to take a train from Dublin to Tralee and then take a bus to Dingle City in one day. Then spend that night there and have the whole next day and night there, perhaps hiring a driver/mini-van for a tour of Dingle. The next day we would depart Dingle by bus, get the train in Tralee and get close to the Shannon airport to spend the night before departing the following day.

But It sounds like you're all in agreement that this wouldn't be feasible plan, given our short time and our dependence on public transportation. Is that correct?

So maybe a better option would be to take the train from Dublin to Killarney and spend 2 nights & one full day there before heading toward the airport for the final night?

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8. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

If the Killarney plan, how will you get from there to Shannon Airport?

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9. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Killarney bus to Tralee change for Limerick change for Shannon, the commuter bus stops outside the Oakwood Arms. Getting to Killarney from Dublin can be done by one train without changes.

(Dingle isn't a City, it used to be a Fishing Port and Market town, now its mainly a holiday destination. One which really needs a car as per answer 1 from someone who lives there)

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10. Re: Which is best itinerary for last few days in Ireland?

Thank you very much for your help!

We've decided to skip Dingle this time and save it for our second trip to Ireland!

This morning I'm looking at the possibility of going from Dublin to Kilkenny and then on to near Shannon Airport. Any advice about this?

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