I'm planning a 10-14 day trip to Ireland in June with a group of 6-8 people. Any suggestions for getting around while we're there?
We want to see as much of the country as possible, both cities and more rural sites.
Hi Jen, you will be welcome to Ireland. The best advice I can give you to try & get to see as much of Ireland in such a short time is to fly into Dublin in the east of the country & fly out of an airport in western Ireland. Shannon Airport, north of Limerick City, probably serves the most destinations including the US. There are also smaller international airports at Knock, in County Mayo & down south in Cork near Cork city. By doing this you won't waste anytime doubling back.
On the thread below you'll find information I've posted regarding Dublin & its environs & on the link itself information about Killarney & the environs and whats worth seeing enroute to Shannon & the latters environs.
It doesn't cover Cork, Galway, Mayo, Sligo & Donegal etc nor the north, if you need advice on any of these areas please let me know. All of these are stunning counties with beautiful scenery infact in the Irish Republic, barr Wicklow in the east most of the stunning scenery is in the west.
over 7 years ago
I spent a week in Ireland on a student budget, flying into and out of Dublin and taking a coach for the rest. They're cheap and Ireland is really small, so it doesn't take too much time! There are also some cool bus tours from larger cities out into the neighboring country, for example I went on a tour from Galway that stopped at the Cliffs of Moher among other places -- was a full day long but we saw so much and I never felt rushed.
I'd also recommend not setting aside too much time in Dublin, it's a cool city but mostly useful as a base of explorations for day trips to local sights. Three days there was more than enough for me, and Galway was a nice change. over 7 years ago
Hi Jen, Ireland is small enough to easily drive around it. However if there are 6-8 of you you're probably best to stick to buses. The thing about Ireland is, our road signs are the worst in Europe! It is very hard to follow the signs to places and if you get lost it .. you can ask locals for directions but when you're out in the countryside us Irish have a strange way of giving directions...and most NON Irish people can't follow them haha! :) It's so small you don't need to fly around or get trains, buses is the way to go really!
Fly into Dublin and get the Dublin City Tour Bus and make sure you get off at the Guinness Brewery if nothing else. That night go to Temple Bar, an area in Dublin famous for it's pubs and traditional Irish Music and the "craic" Then hop on the CItylink bus for €10 and within 2.5 hours you'll be in the West of Ireland in Galway.Wander down the cobblestones of Shop Street and pop into Taafes and Tigh Coili for the best traditional irish music and to meet some very intersting people, you never know who you'll meet here! Then head down onto Quay Street and hang out at the Spanish Arch, continue to Salthill (our beachside) and walk along the promenade. Take a tour bus then to Connemara or the Cliffs of Moher (in County Clare), or over to the Aran islands and spend the day cycling around the island.This is real Ireland and the scenery is breath taking. Here you'll also hear the locals speak our native language, Gaelic. Sligo is north of Galway and is often overlooked by tourists but it has amazing scenery and is full of lakes and mountains and the town itself is full of character and has a great student night life. Coming down from Sligo you should check out Westport in Mayo, it has about 7 gorgeous beaches all on the same road, so you can hit them all on the same day and pick your favorite. The town itself is a big hit with hens and stags and tourists during the summer. After Galway head south to Killarney another beautiful spot and then head further south to Cork, the 2nd biggest city to Dublin and full of historical spots, good markets and the bit of craic! and shopping if you want to do a bit after all the scenery spotting! :) over 7 years ago