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We are arriving in Dublin May 4th early in AM.  Want to see the southern half of Ireland.  Thinking of itinerary of Kilkenny for 1 night; Blarney Village 1night; Killarney for 2 nights; Lisdoonvarna 2 nights; and somewhere around Galway/Clare 1 night with travel back to Dublin on the  11th to fly out on the 12th.  We plan to rent a car.  Does this sound like a doable itinerary?  Do you have suggestions for changes?  What are highlights that are must-see on this trip.  



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The rough plan WILL work, but I personally would drop 1 night from Lisdoonvarna and add it to Galway.  If Galway and Connemara aren't that important, I would keep it, but add the Clare/Galway night to Killarney.  But, that's ME.



-- Edited by Itallian Chauffeur on Monday 6th of February 2017 11:21:07 PM

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Ditto what Bob said.

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Without knowing a bit about your plans then point to point works. Lisdoonvarna isn't usually on my list. What are your aims from Here? unless there is a need for 2 nights I would also suggest 1 night Clare and 2 nights in/around Galway. depending on your plans Kinvara might work for Galway/Clare.

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We thought Lisdoonvarna would be a good location for the Cliffs of Moher and surrounding sites. Would it be better to stay in Galway area for this and skip Lisdoonvarna completely. Is there a lot more to see by staying in Clare/Galway rather than Lisdoonvarna? We are first-time drivers in Ireland and want to avoid driving in cities as much as possible.

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Lisdoonvarna is on the map September/October for the Machmaking festival and as the option to Doolin for folk who aiming to avoid the Doolin crowd. It is one of the best locations for the Cliffs of Moher but that's 2 hours unless you are doing the Cliff section of the Burren way.

There are lots of options around the Burren depending on your interests. I suppose to an extent it depends on the itinerary over all and I do always suggest a stop between counties Kerry and Galway to give time to Clare. Generally I say to leave Killarney, drive round Dingle and end with a night between and including Adare and Ennis. That gives a full day between that night and Galway or within the scope of Galway so Kinvara to Spiddal or Moycullen.

Some sights between the Shannon crossing and Galway https://drive.google.com/open?id=1d-7NXw-3VkcZyJtO4-5IWVX-whs&usp=sharing  Some sights west of Galway for the mid day if you had 2 nights https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PzDDrrtHmP1sLhTs1AbrbcXjRx0&usp=sharing 



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When you say drive around Dingle, what all should we cover? The entire peninsula or the city? Are you saying we should be sure to see Adare and Ennis but spend the night in Kinvara, Spiddal or Moycullen? What is the "cliff section of the Burren way"? What is the preferred way to see the Cliffs?

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Leave Killarney about 9 am.  Drive to Dingle town along the southern route.  From Dingle drive the Sleahead route Clockwise. back to Dingle.  From Dingle take the Connor Pass route and continue on via the Tralee By-pass aiming for Limerick on the N21.  If you want to stay in Adare, stay in Adare.  If you want to stay in Limerick stay in Limerick, If you want to stay in Bunratty or Ennis take the Shannon tunnel N/M 18.  https://goo.gl/maps/pmCskc9Ltu82 

If you want a small option rather than Galway city then the surrounding area coming north from Clare would start with Kinvara.  then Oranmore then Galway City, then either along Galway bay to Spiddal or towards the Connemara with Moycullen or further from Galway city Oughterard.  

The Cliff section of the Burren Way starts at Hags Head by Liscannor and runs past the tourist section before dropping down into Dingle, about 12 miles all in.  The visitors section of the "Cliffs of Moher" covers about 1/2 mile section of this path by O'Briens Tower.   



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We planned to stay at Oranmore. Can what you are describing be done in one day including the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren or should we plan to go back down there the following day?

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Oranmore is an hour nearly north of Ennis up the main route N18, I would say that's too far from Killarney if you include Dingle and without the coastal route. Its also a good bit north of the Cliffs and Burren so backtracking. If you stay the night in Ennis you have a full day to fit west Clare in between there and Oranmore.

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