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first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

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first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

We purchased a 6nite trip at a charity auction and are adding 2 more nights..will fly in and out of Shannon...need to decide by Monday the route for the trip...trip includes one night at Glin Castle, 2 nights at Jury's Inn in Limerick and 3 nights at Seaview House in Doolin. What should the route look like, and where do we add the extra 2 nights?

Thinking about going to Glin Castle for the first night; then to Doolin, leaving nights in Limerick for the last 2 before flying home.

Does anyone have suggestions for us? Thanks so very much!!

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1. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

Sounds like a nice trip, when are you going? Have you checked availability yet for the places you list? I'd want to get that situated first and then build in your other two nights.

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2. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

This is just an idea for you which you may be able to tweak yourself or with the help of other experts.

I would spend the first 2 nights in Jury's Limerick and use this as a base to see Limerick City, King John's Castle Bunratty Castle and folk park, the pretty market town of town of Ennis, Quin Abbey and possibly Adare

http://www.adarevillage.com/

lookaroundireland.com/counties/…quinabbey.htm

http://www.visitennis.ie/

http://www.visitlimerick.com/summerking.asp

Then I would travel on to Glin for your third night.

The following morning I would drive to Tarbert where you can catch the car ferry across the River Shannon to Killimer(near Kilrush)

http://www.shannonferries.com/

You might be interested in visiting the Vandeleur walled gardens in Kilrush whilst passing through. The town is also worth stopping off in.

http://www.vandeleurwalledgarden.ie/

You could choose to stay in Kilrush overnight and explore Loop Head. there are other posters on the forum who are more familiar with Loop Head then me but the scenery is beautiful down there.

then make your way up the coast towards Doolin and use this as your base to see the Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves, The Burren, Inisheer (one of the Aran Islands)

www.arandirect.com/islands_inis_oirr.php

www.burrenbeo.com

http://www.aillweecave.ie/

So Limerick night 1 and 2

Glin night 3

Kilrush night (4 optional)

Doolin night 5,6,7

Night 8 possibly near the airport, Bunratty

If you leave out Kilrush the you could choose to spend night 7 in Galway and some of day 8 before spending night 8 closer to the airport!

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3. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

sunstate, great advice from Suzy & Irishfan.

As another alternative take a look at Dingle.

www.dingle-peninsula.ie

You could go to Glin night 1.

Night 2 & 3 Dingle.

(Only an hour and a half from Glin.)

Then after Dingle, taking the ferry

(www.shannonferries.com )

The Loop Head area that Suzy mentioned is an easy detour after crossing into Killimer.

Nights 4,5 & 6 Doolin.

Nights 7 & 8 in Limerick.

Take a look at

http://www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes

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4. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

Thanks so much to everyone! Have postponed setting the exact nights and am still researching. We are leaving USA on Oct. 3 and will be in Ireland for 8 nights.

What about going up to Doolin for the first 3 nights and seeing the area up there; then back down to Glin Castle; then the extra 2 nights lower in the southwest--any suggestions?; then back up to Limerick for the last 2 nights. How does that sound?

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5. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

not a limerick fan so i highly highly recommend bunratty as you last two night...wonderful way to end your trip....lovely lovely village....

from bunratty you could hop over to killaloe and lough derg, over to quin and what a quiet, cute village it is....

none of these will be nearly as crowded and have the horrific traffic of limerick.....

oh, and did i mention, bunratty is only 15 minutes from the airport....

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6. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

I second staying in Bunratty. Lots of people have had good things to say about several B&B's ( we loved Bunratty Castle Mews ) and Brennan's Seafood Restaurant was our favorite meal of our trip.

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7. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

If you contact Glin Castle directly they'll give you some great advise. Ask for Bob he's a wealth of knowledge. However be sure to have the evening meal at the castle as the whole experience and atmosphere is excellent.

However the trip as outlined by Suzie is excellent however Killarney is only an hour drive from Glin and well worth a visit and an over nights stay.

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8. Re: first trip to Ireland from USA; HELP PLEASE!!

come to galway and enjoy yourselves.

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