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(1/19/02 6:50 pm)
 New Post Shannon to Dublin to Giant Causeways and

back to Lahinch???
Arriving on a Wed am 3/27@ Shannon-need to be in Lahinch sometime Sat 3/30 in the afternoon-we already have house rented there.
I originally thought we would just go up towards the Causeways and then my husband informed me he wanted to spend a little time in Dublin-to walk some on O'Connell Street, St STephens green and to have a "look" around! I was not expecting this and am wondering what you think about this addition.

Michele Erdvig
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(1/20/02 8:32 pm)

Hi again magmam,

That's way too much driving. Firstly, if you arrive in Shannon from a trans-Atlantic flight you will have flown all night and be tired. I really don't recommend doing too much driving on the first day as you will be jet-lagged. And the drive to Dublin will take about 4 hours. So even if you do drive to Dublin on your first day you will probably not see the city till the 28th. Then on the 29th you would spend much of the day driving to the Giant's Causeway. On the 30th you would be in the car all day getting back to Lahinch.

What it really boils down to is whether you want to spend all that time just driving, driving, driving. Why not make a choice and see either one or the other? If you can't decide, just flip a coin.


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(1/21/02 8:42 am)
New Post road trip

my husband seems to think that if the plane lands close to on time[7:30am] and we get out of the airport in 2 1/2 hours that we could be in Dublin by 1:30pm[no stops.]the idea is to hit Dublin for a couple of things-walk down O'Connell,quick look at book of Kells and out of town [north] to spend the[Wed pm] night.According to his findings it will only take about 3 hours to the Causeway-so he plans on stopping at NewGrange and CarrickFergus before stopping for the nite[thurs pm] and then Fri to the Causeways and whatever else we might see.[very disappointed to find that the rope will not up in March]-we will spend the night somewhere and then make our way to Lahinch where we are not expected until late afternoon. I think he is thinking that we willpush it in the first couple of days and then have a little time to regroup when we settle in Lahinch!
I do realize that we [at least me!] will be tired and my husband reminds me that we did that kind of driving over 16 years ago when we honeymooned in Ireland but I was a lot younger then!!!

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(1/21/02 12:02 pm)
New Post Re: road trip


You may drop dead on your first day with that schedule. I decided to drive from Gatwick to York on my first day in England last year and had to get out of the car to dance around quite a bit and finally, both my wife and I took a nap by some apartment complex on the way. York is about the same drive time as Shannon to Dublin.

Then, of course, is the matter of getting into Dublin, parking, figuring out where you are, and getting back to the car. The on to a place to stay. That's a really busy schedule.

You will be lucky to get about three hours of sleep on the plane and at best, not very restful sleep. The best that will happen is that you will make it to Dublin and be exhausted and not really enjoy yourself. The worst is that you'll hurt yourself enroute.

If you insist on making the trip, make sure that you put both you and your husband on the insurance so you can alternate drivers while the other one sleeps.

Good luck!


Michele Erdvig
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(1/22/02 4:24 pm)
New Post Hope it Works Out

Hi magmam,

Everyone has given their best advice. I suppose it might be humanly possible to do what you want but you will be exhausted. If you are falling asleep on the way just stop and find a B&B, since it's no good sightseeing or driving when overly tired (you could kill yourselves or others with the car!) If your husband wants to push it then I'm sure that you will accomplish your goal. If it becomes too much you can always change your plans en route.

Let us know how it goes. We will be waiting on your report and what you thought of the "whirlwind tour" on your first few days.

Happy travels,


-- Edited by Michele Erdvig at 02:41, 2005-08-05


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