Tips for my trip to Ireland

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  1. IMGONNABE40!

    IMGONNABE40! <font color=green>Okay, I already am 40, but if I

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    Hello fellow Disney lovers! Looks like I will be skipping my trip to see the mouse this summer in favor of a trip to Ireland in May. I am excited to be going--I have wanted to do this for at least 30 years!!!

    All we have so far is air booked. 5 of us will arrive in Dublin in the morning 23 May. We will spend the night in Dublin (need hotel) before heading off. First stop a visit to Wicklow Mountains before settling in in the Kilkenny area for 2-3 nights (hotel needed) We want to see Waterford, Ring of Cashel and other sights.

    After departure from Kilkenny area we will head west--likely to spend another 2-3 days in Killarny area (hotel needed). Would like to see Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, etc.

    We'll head up towards Shannon on 29 May since 2 of our party will depart from Shannon back to the US on 30 May. Hotel near airprt needed.

    30 May 3 of us will head north. I would like to see the Shrine at Knock, and climb Croagh Patrick--though I won't have time for the entire 22 mile pilgrimage. My grandmother is from Sligo, so I would like to see that. Hotel needed for two nights.

    June 1 we are heading back to Dublin, I would like to stop in Tullamore to tour the whiskey factory on the way. I figure we will return the rental car at this point. My aunt and sister will fly home on June 2 from Dublin. I am staying on.

    For my solo portion of the trip I am thinking to stay in Dublin another day, then take the train to Belfast on June 3. From Belfast I will rent a car and head up to Giant's Causeway (Hotel needed) After 2 nights in GC, I will return to Belfast for 2 nights (hotel needed) before flying home from Belfast.

    My thought is on taking the train from Dublin to Belfast since renting a car in Dublin and returning in Belfast is pricey. Much cheaper to rent and return in Dublin...but then I would have to return to Dublin before flying home...and that seems like a waste of time.

    So, I have many questions. Mainly about transportation and accomodations. None of us have driven in Ireland and are accustomed to driving on the other side of the road in the US. Will is be very difficult to adjust? Is there a better way to get from Belfast up to Giant's Causeway rather than renting a car? How long of a drive will that be? Should I plan on making that trip when I get off the train in Belfast, or am I better off spending a night in Belfast and heading out in the morning?

    Any tips on the Euros and pounds? Seems that the exchange rate is better on the Euro (from dollar) but Northern Ireland is pounds...

    Okay, that seems like enough questions!!

    Thanks for any help you can give me!!
     
  2. dennis99ss

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    I have stayed at a couple of great places. Stay at Waterford Castle (Waterford)and at Adare Manor(near Kerry). Be sure to see the Rock of cashel, and Ann Bolyn's house. There is a hotel at the tip of the ring of Kerry, but the name escapes me. have dinner at sunset overlooking Galway Bay. See the Book of Kells. Do Blarney Castle, and kiss the stone. Drink mead at Bunratty Castle in Shannon. See the Cliffs of Moher.
     
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  5. irisheyes123

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    First off Hope you have a great trip to Ireland Our roads are not as great as the roads in the usa and driving on the other side should be fine we manage ok when in the us. Remember Automatic cars are not as big over here so if you want one from the car rental you will have to request one Some places in Northern Ireland except the euro but better to have pound as they don't offer as good exchange rate..

    Her is a coach tour from belfast to giants causeway
    http://www.minicoachni.co.uk/giants-causeway.cfm

    Kilkenny Hotels

    http://www.rivercourthotel.com/

    http://www.pembrokekilkenny.com/

    http://www.lyrath.com/

    Killarney This is a site with a list of hotels in that area just put your dates in and will give you a list of available hotels and prices
    http://www.goireland.com/kerry/hotels-in-killarney-page1.htm

    Also does kilkenny
    http://www.goireland.com/kilkenny/hotels-in-kilkenny-county-page1.htm

    Shannon hotels
    http://www.goireland.com/clare/hotels-in-shannon-airport-page1.htm

    Where would you like to stay in Dublin Near the city Near the airport
     
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    looks like you've got alot of info already
    if you are trying to save some money how about renting a cottage
    http://www.cottages4you.co.uk/sites/cottages4you/pages/Home.aspx

    Take a good rain coat with you and a pair of shorts
    you never know what the weather will be like
    please feel free to PM me with any question
    might be able to help
    enjoy the planning
     
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  9. IMGONNABE40!

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    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much everybody!!

    I am a bit more of an "adventurer...so, secretly I am happy that I will be by myself to explore the wonders of the Antrim Coast--Giant's Causeway, etc. I am looking to do some hiking up in that area.
     
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    Thanks. My cousin just phoned to say lets do the Cliffs of Moher. Can we do that easily after checking out of hotel in Killarney and heading towards hotel near Shannon airport?
     
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    Thanks for all of your great info, IrishEyes :goodvibes The plan now is to find a hotel in Dublin with a shuttle from the airport. Then, rent a car somewhere in Dublin when we are ready to go. So, definately Dublin near the City.

    Also, can you tell me anything about the train from Dublin to Belfast? I am looking for info re safety, and also, hotel info near train stations both Dublin and Belfast.
     
  12. IMGONNABE40!

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    My tour book says May is a dry month... :rotfl:
     
  13. IMGONNABE40!

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    Thanks for all of this great info! I know it will be fun to travel with my family... but I think exploring Antrim Coast is what I am most looking forward to. I like hiking, so I hope to explore much of it on foot.
     
  14. irisheyes123

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    I Have never used the train from dublin to belfast but am sure it is safe enough never heard other wise I have used it to go to waterford with no problems

    A one way ticket from Dublin to belfast is €38.00 thats the price I got quoted online The station you go from is Connolly station from the city center It is about a 10 minute walk

    This hotel is near Connolly station but does not get great reviews
    http://www.regencyhotels.com/hotels/content.asp~PageID=40

    Here is some hotels on O'Connell St. or near

    http://www.gresham-hotels.com/dublin-city-hotels/index.asp

    http://dublinhotels.jurysinns.com/jurysinn_parnellstreet

    Here is a list of hotels around the city

    http://www.dublintourist.com/directory/accommodation/hotels/city_centre/oconnell_street_area/

    You can also use these bus services into the city center its around €6 or €7 per person on the bus I don't think hotels in the city run busses from the airport but could be wrong

    http://www.dublinairport.com/to-and-from/by-bus/

    Or a Taxi might work out cheaper You can ask how much it would roughly cost for a cab to the city before getting in


    Also air coach go to belfast you can get the air coach from dublin city center to the airport then from the airport to belfast I think the trip from dublin airport to belfast is €15 one way drops off outside jurys hotel belfast

    here is the link

    http://www.aircoach.ie/table.routes.belfast.php

    And jurys hotel belfast

    http://belfasthotels.jurysinns.com/

    I wouldn't know much about hotels in belfast as never stayed up there just went on day trips
     
  15. dennis99ss

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    I dont recall the exact drive times, etc. But, Ireland is a small country, and while drive times may seem long for some there, they will not seem long to you. The locals may be able to give you better info, but, our longest day on the road was Dublin to Waterford, with numerous stops, and were in Waterford in mid afternoon. I would not think naking the cliffs on the way to shannon would be a problem. If you want to go out to the islands, you need to plan for a day.
     
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    hotels near the train station in belfast would be

    travelodge or jurys inn

    have a look on www.superbreak.com , you can search for hotels
     
  17. IMGONNABE40!

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    Thanks again!

    I do like the idea of taking the bus to Belfast from Dublin. I am at a loss however to make sense of the stations... I will depart Dublin on 2 June after a tour of Guinness Storehouse, where is the best place for me to catch the bus?
     
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