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Between Shannon and Ballyshannon with children


Hello all you Ireland travel wizards!  I have already asked some questions about a trip in April with family members, 2 of whom are children.  I have put that advice to use.  So here is another question...

We arrive at 6:20 AM on April 18th.  Where would be a good stopping point (including food and interest) for a driving break between Shannon and Ballyshannon?  smile

I am planning on visiting Eagles Flying (for SURE) but I don't want to do it that day, even though it is on the way.  We will be too tired to really get the most out of that on the 18th.

Go!  and Thanks!  biggrin

 

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There's not a lot along the direct route that might appeal equally to all in your party, I'm afraid.

https://goo.gl/maps/H6hpTkr75Q62

The ruins of Moore Hall     http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/en/towns-villages/claremorris/claremorris-visitors-guide.html  might be of interest to the adults -- and the younger ones might appreciate some 'running around' time on the grounds.

Knock Shrine is probably only of interest to the elders, but there are lots of eateries packed onto the main street and it's a very short 'detour' off the highway:  http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/en/towns-villages/knock/knock.html

Past there, the café at Drumcliff (a site more of interest to adults) has Delectable deserts (from memory), and the nearby ruins of a Round Tower.

The Horseshoe Drive, North of Sligo is awe-inspiring -- but, probably NOT, on Arrival Day! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Uu18-b6_A

After that, a short romp on the beach at Bundoran MIGHT appeal, but you are practically IN Ballyshannon at that point . . .  



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Soon after arrival there is Clare Abbey (signposted on the motorway at Ennis). It is always open but requires you walk over the railroad tracks. Might be a good stretch of the legs if the kids need a stop. 

If you don't mind getting off the main road for a slight detour, maybe Cong for a snack, the Abbey  and a walk through the woods  and town. Hungry Monk's Cafe is good. If the kids want a run then the beach at Rosses Point near Sligo, which is only a few miles off the main road.



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Thanks Michele and Bob! The adults have actually done the Horseshoe Drive, but I think we might do it anyway. Yes, we will be tired, but I remember it well, and it was just gorgeous and "other-worldly." I think the kids will think it is beautiful in a way they have never seen. And it's not like we have to walk anywhere for that one. That, with a stop to eat, and a leg stretch somewhere will probably be all we can handle that day.

More questions as they present themselves. :)

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3.5 to 4hr drive off an international flight is not recommended. The kids will be stir crazy after being stuck on the plane and the driver(s) will be exhausted,

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Irrover,
I do see the sense in what you say. I will confer with the driver, also, but I am rethinking the plan just a bit.

Michele and Bob,
Maybe we should stay the night in Bunratty and take them to the folk park, or in Ennis? What say you? We would then head out first thing next morning to Ballyshannon. Recommended places to stay? We are 4 adults and 2 children, ages 3 and 9.

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In Bunratty I recommend Headley Court B&B. Bob and I both prefer it. If you want to be right across the street from the castle and folk park (walking distance) then Bunratty Manor or Bunratty Castle Hotel. The kids would enjoy the park and castle. Staying in Bunratty would give you the options of some sightseeing and a nap. Maybe even the traditional Irish night in Corn Barn for dinner? 

 

 



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Thank you, Michele. I have contacted Headley Court to see if we can book some rooms for PART of the day (no discount expected). I realized we cannot stay the night, as we have a family wedding to attend on the 20th, which is the next day. We can rest, maybe do the folk park for an hour or two, and then head to Ballyshannon before we run out of daylight. If you have additional thoughts, I am all ears.

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Of course, MY fault for not realizing we are NOT arriving on the 18th. It will be early morning on the 19th when we land...

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Since you need to be in Ballyshannon on arrival day, I would skip Bunratty. Instead proceed on the drive, stopping for lunch and a leg stretch en route. Will you have more than one driver? If so, you can trade off driving if one person gets very sleepy.

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Yes. We are 2 drivers. I have been reading about jet lag and children and am now totally befuddled! Ha, ha! This is new to me, with children. Should be an adventure, for sure. It seems most folks think it best to keep moving, enjoy the day as much as possible and get to bed at a reasonable, early time.
As the date approaches, I will no doubt ask for prayers in lieu of advice. :)

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The kids will probably be snoring in the back seat. Glad you have two drivers. If the drivers feel sleepy stop for a little walk and tea or coffee break.

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