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Trip List by Sarnia G

Ireland Itinerary: 7+ Nts Dub-Dub, visiting Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry.

29 Aug 2009  I Heart Ireland
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A 7- night itinerary flying in/out Dublin, visiting Dublin, and counties Kilkenny, Cork and Kerry.

This could easily be increased to 8-10 nights by adding further nights to Dublin, Cork and Kerry. See below for options.

Please note: All drive times are taken from the aa routeplanner website. Please factor in a little extra time to allow for possible delays and driving on unfamiliar roads.
Please also factor in adequate time for visiting places of interest en-route, lunch break, rest break.

  • 1. Dublin

    Day 1

    Arrive Dublin airport and take aircoach or taxi to City Centre.

    Explore Dublin on foot or use the HoHo Bus, which will take you past most of the popular tourist sites: Kilmainham Gaol; Guinness Storehouse; Trinity College; Christ Church Cathedral; Chester Beatty Library; St Stephen's Green; Grafton Street (shopping).

    Visit the Dublin forum for lots of information on what to see/do in the city.

    Overnight Dublin.

  • 2. Glendalough Monastic Settlement
    Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough

    Day 2 : Dublin to Kilkenny via Glendalough Monastic Site, Wicklow Mountains.

    Collect rental car and head south of the city to the Wicklow Mountains and the beautiful, peaceful settlement of Glendalough. The drive should take approx. 1.5hrs.
    Expect to spend 2-3hrs in Glendalough. The walk to the Upper Lake is highly recommended.

  • 3. Kilkenny

    Day 2 Continued . . .

    Depart Glendalough and head to Kilkenny for your overnight stay: approx. 2.5hrs drive.

    Kilkenny is a charming city (small) with some interesting historic buildings, including Kilkenny Castle, St Canice's Cathedral, the Tholsel and Shee Alms Houses. There are fascinating little passageways linking the main streets.

    Overnight Kilkenny.

  • 4. Rock of Cashel
    Rock of Cashel, Cashel

    Day 3 : Kilkenny to Rock of Cashel (approx. 60-70 minutes)

    Drive across to Cashel to visit the famous Rock of Cashel, which looms out of the landscape. One of Ireland's most interesting and significant historic sites.
    Parking is available at the foot of the Rock, and then it's a short but fairly steep walk to the entrance. Expect to spend 1-1.5hrs in Cashel.

  • 5. Cahir Castle
    Cahir Castle, County Tipperary

    Day 3


    As your route will take you past Cahir, if you have time, you may wish to stop and visit the very fine Castle (ruin) in the town centre: approx. 25 minutes drive.

  • 6. County Cork
    County Cork

    Day 3 Continued . . .

    Continue to County Cork for 2 nights. Where you opt to stay will depend on your interests.

    Cork city makes a good base for those who wish to explore the city, visit Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, and Blarney Castle.

    Kinsale is a popular and busy coastal town with narrow, winding streets and a fair choice of accommodation, restaurants and pubs. A very busy town in summer months and at weekends.
    A good base from which to visit Cork city and Cobh, and explore the southern coast.

    Clonakilty, which lies farther west is an attractive market town, slightly off the main tourist trail. A good base if you wish to explore the south coast, take a whale watch boat trip, visit the Islands of Sherkin or Clear from Baltimore, or drive out to Mizen Head (lighthouse).

    Overnight Cork, Kinsale or Clonakilty

  • 7. A Day in West Cork

    Day 4 : West Cork

    Spend a day in West Cork:

    Option 1:

    Visit Cork City and Cobh (for titanic trail)

    Option 2:

    Drive out to the little harbour town of Baltimore and take the ferry to Sherkin or Clear Island:

    Clear is farther away and larger: a great opportunity for hiking/walking and birdwatching. A real "get away from it all" kind of place!
    Sherkin lies a short boat ride across the bay from Baltimore: a nice place for a leisurely walk and a spot of lunch.

    Option 3:

    Meander along the south coast, taking in sights and sights like Timoleague Friary, Drombeg Stone Circle, the pretty villages of Glandore, Union Hall and Castletownshend; Lough Hyne (inland seawater lake); the market town of Skibbereen (heritage and famine museum); or drive out to Mizen Head lighthouse for fabulous sea views and an opportunity for birdwatching.

    Option 4:

    Take a boat tour to look for sealife: see whalewatchwestcork.com for details.

    Overnight Cork, Kinsale or Clonakilty.

  • 8. Kenmare

    Day 5 : West Cork - Kenmare

    Option 1:

    If staying in Cork/Kinsale: Take a leisurely day to travel from Kinsale along the gorgeous south coast of Cork through pretty villages:
    Timoleague: ruined friary
    Clonakilty: model railway
    Glandore: Drombeg stone circle (very fine stone circle, and one of the easiest to visit).
    Skibbereen: Heritage Centre and Great Famine Exhibition
    Bantry: Bantry House
    Glengarriff: Garnish Island (short journey by boat)

    Option 2:

    From Cork/Kinsale drive via Blarney Castle and Gougane Barra: beautiful forest park with lake and church (see gouganebarra.com)

    Option 3:

    From Kinsale/Clonakilty drive via Bantry (for Bantry House) and Glengarriff (option of boat trip to Garnish Island).

    Kenmare is one of my favourite towns in Ireland. A pretty, compact town, with an excellent choice of hotels, guest houses and b&bs.
    Restaurants are, in my opinion, equal to any in Kinsale!

    Overnight Kenmare.

  • 9. Beara

    Day 6: Option 1

    Beara Peninsula

    Take a day to explore this rugged peninsula: pretty villages, prehistoric sites, gardens, waterfalls, walking trails - and a scary trip on one of the smallest cable cars across the water to Dursey Island: all waiting to be discovered!

    If it's a nice, sunny day, buy some goodies from "Jam" on Henry Street and enjoy a picnic.

    Overnight Kenmare.

  • 10. Ring of Kerry
    Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

    Day 6 : Option 2

    Take a day to drive around the Ring of Kerry.

    Overnight Kenmare.

  • 11. Killarney

    Day 6 : Option 3

    Drive over Moll's Gap and past the Lakes of Killarney to visit the National Park, and Muckross House and Gardens.

    Also along your route, just beyond Moll's Gap: Kissane Sheep Farm, where you can watch working sheep dogs and feed the lambs (subject to time of year/visit).

    Overnight Kenmare.

  • 12. Malahide

    Day 7 Kenmare - Malahide (approx. 360km, 5.5hrs drive)

    Your route from Kenmare to Malahide will take you over Moll's Gap and through Killarney. Onwards through the pretty village of Adare and past Limerick, where you will join the motorway; be sure to have a few euros in change for the motorway tolls.
    Recommend you break your journey in Adare and possibly Limerick if you have time.

    Overnight in Malahide, which is a coastal town approximately 20 minutes drive from Dublin airport. The Grand Hotel, Malahide is a popular choice of accommodation.

    Option: If you have an early departure from Dublin you may wish to return your rental car the previous evening and take a shuttle bus to one of the nearby airport hotels.