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Itinerary for March/April 2018


Only 25 more days until we are on our way! Whooo hooo biggrin!!! Here's a recap: There are 6 of us traveling, my husband and I, our 3 kids ages 7 (almost 8), 11 and 19 and my sister. We will be flying out of Los Angeles on a direct flight.

I have revised this itinerary numerous times and think it's mostly done now lol.... confuse.

Day 1 - We head to the airport on the 21st of March, this is a 3 hour drive or so. Our flight leaves late at night (midnight).

Day 2 -Arrive in Dublin around 5:30 pm on the 22nd. We are going to be using the visitor leap cards for travel around Dublin. Taking the bus and Laus to our self-catering apartment.

Day 3- Seeing the sights in Dublin

Day 4- Going to see Malahide, Howth and more Dublin

Day 5-  25th Pick up rental car and head to Callan, our base for 5 nights. Stopping at Powerscourt and Glendalough. Maybe stop in Paulstown on the way.

Day 6- Callan Priory, Edmond Rice Heritage center ? Callan Workhouse, Callan motte, St. Marys Callan and Abbey Meadow, on to Kells- Kells Priory closed and Kells mills, Then to Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown- Grennan Castle for a quick look, Kilfane church then to Graiguenamamagh -Duiske Abbey, Ullard church & Tinnahinch Castle, Tullaherin Round tower ruins and churches, Gowran St. Mary's closed but beautiful grounds to walk. Back to Callan.

Day 7- Burnchurch Castle and church, Dunmore caves. On to explore Kilkenny Greens Bridge, St. Johns priory and Johns church St. Canince Cathedral and Round Tower , St. Canince church, Black abbey. Courthouse/Graces castle, St. Marys Cathedral and Medieval mile museum, Thosel, Rothe House, Shee Alm House, Kilkenny Castle, Buttlers and Blackbird Galleries?, Smithwicks for the tour, Black Freren Gate, Other things to see if we have time: Capuchin Friary, Talbots tower and St. Patricks church, St. Francis Abbey Ruins, Corner tower.

 

Day 8- Wed 28th Kilree church ruins, Round tower and high cross ruins, Saint Saviour's Carmelite Priory, Leac an Scail a Portal Dolmen tomb (if we are up for it), on to Waterford- House of Waterford Crystal tour, Reginalds Tower, walk by Blackfriars Abbey. If we are up for it -Bishops place and the Medival Museum, could see other churches and Christ Church Cathedral also. Carrick-on-Suir. Kilkieran high crosses. Maybe Windgap village loop (but might be too much packed into this day).

Day 9- Drive through New Ross (Annaghs castle ruins near by?), Do the Ring of Hook coastal drive including - Tintern Abbey, Saltmills village, Fethard Castle, Baginbun head and Martello Tower, windmill,  Churchtown church and Hook Head Lighthouse and a walk to Slade Castle ruins if we are up to it. Templetown church ruins, Dollar bay, Dunbrody Abbey. Last night in Callan.

Day 10- Drive to Glenbeigh, our next base for 6 ngihts. Stopping at  Holy cross Abbey, Rock of Cashel and Hore abbey across the field, Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage.  Glenbeigh- Blackstone Bridge is nearby and Caragh River is in walking distance.

Day 11- Gap of Dunloe and Rossbeigh beach

Day 12- April 1st Easter Sunday - Killarney-Muckross house, Kennedy pet farm Easter egg hunt, Muckross Friary, St. Marys, Ross Castle, Maybe: Killarney National park. Aghadoe- Catherdal, Ogham stone and Round tower

Day 13- Kinsale to see Charles Fort, James Fort, Desmond castle (closed for 2018). Blarney Castle on the way back.

 

Day 14- Kenmare. Drive back over the N71 ladys view, castle ruins, Derrycunnihy waterfall? and church ruins, Tower wood falls. Dinis cottage for refreshments? Walk over to Old Weir Bridge from there? And stop at Torc waterfall. Back through killareny.

 

Day 15- Dingle Peninsula. Last night in Killarney.

Day 16- April 5th- Head to Ennis. Stopping in Adare- Adare Castle closed, Trinitarian abbey, Lough Gur, Glenstal Abbey, Limerick- King Johns Castle, St. Marys, St. Johns. Maybe Carrigogunnell Castle ruins? Quinn Abbey and Clare abbey. Staying in Ennis for 2 nights

 

Day 17- Ennis Friary, Cliffs of Moher, Maybe Dromore woods to see O'Brien Castle, Cahermacrea Castle, Kilakee Church, two ring forts and a lime kiln. Maybe Craggaunowen project and Knappogue castle? Bunratty Banquet. Last night in Ennis

Day 18- Head back to Dublin Stop at Nenagh Castle ruins, stop in Athy -Heritage center. Maybe Bolton Abbey? Stop in Kildare to see the round tower, Grey abbey ruins and St. Bridgets. Return rental car and hang out. Staying at the Clayton hotel for the night.

 

Day 19- Head to the airport at 4am, flight at 7:30 am

 

 

Yes some of the days have a lot of stuff packed into them, we probably wont do most of it no. Depends on how everyone is doing, the weather and all that. We will play it by ear and see how things go. Cant wait! biggrin

 

 

 



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The 'playing it by ear' part is likely a good idea -- some of those days you'll be hard-pressed to complete -- so, you seem to have taken the proper attitude! 

FYI -- Kells Priory isn't ever really closed -- but, TOURS are only given from mid-June to mid- September.

The Monastic ruins and Round Tower at Kilree are within a low-walled enclosure in the middle of a field -- and the High Cross is further within the field, at the back side of the monastic enclosure.  The last time that I visited, there was a decent-sized herd of cows in the field -- and a sign on the gate said, "Mind the Bull".  They acted as if they barely noticed me, although I DID rather briskly dash across, to and from the enclosure!  biggrin  biggrin



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Glad the lists for each day are just ssuggestions. Some days have 3 days worth of sightseeing mentioned. Hope the weather cooperates and you get to do a lot.

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Yes there's so much I want to see I've already started making a list for "next time" lol. I'm sure I'll have to add a bunch of the things on here to that list. Thanks for letting me know about Kells and Kilree Bob. We may decided not to brave the Bull with the kids in tow... Might just put this on my "next time" list too. I'm glad we can walk the grounds of Kells Priory though :)

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I love wandering around Kells Priory. It can be entered from Kells or Callan. I prefer Callan as you don't have to walk across a big field and dodge the sheep "stuff".

Johnstown Castle in Wexford was lovely last time I was there. It also has a good museum, pea****s, lovely gardens and lakeside walks, and sticky toffee pudding in the courtyard cafe.

Don't just see Blarney Castle. The grounds, gardens and woods are gorgeous. You need at least several hours to enjoy it.

On the drive from Ennis to Dublin near Portlaoise and Stradbally is the Rock of Dunamase. If the weather is decent it would be at the top of my list.

Do you have reservations for the banquet at Bunratty Castle? It fills up fast.

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LOL! I got censored. It should be p e a c o c k s.

 

 



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Michelle, That's funny they censored you lol biggrinwink. Thanks for the tips. I will plan for a longer visit at Blarney then. No, I don't have tickets yet for the banquet, I will get it reserved by next week. I'll have to put the Johnstown Castle on my to do list for the next trip as we aren't heading to Wexford this time. Would love to stop at the Rock of Dunamase though since its on our way back! Thanks again smile

 

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You have a lot of Wexford sightseeing listed on day 9???

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Hmmm, I thought the castle was more towards Wexford town (about an hour from where we'll be?) and the things we were doing were more towards Waterford. I think that day is pretty packed anyways but I will definitely put it on the list of maybes to do this time and definitely next time if we don't make it there. It looks like an amazing castle!

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