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Winter trip by bus - report

Hello everyone. I have just come back from my winter trip by bus in Ireland. It was a wonderful trip and everything went just fine.

This report will be short but I hope useful to others planning their own trips...(related to this topic ) 


About the itinerary (from January 23rd to February 3rd)

DAY              PLACE                                                       We'll be visiting                          

FRI   23         Fly to Dublin (from Buenos Aires) 

SAT  24         Arrive in Dublin (Dublin)                             Bus to Galway from the airport             

SUN 25         Galway (Galway)                                       Visit to Knock Village  (a religious visit)       

MON 26        Galway (Galway)                                       SightSeeing Galway

TUE   27       Galway --> Killarney (Killarney)                   SightSeeing Killarney                

WED 28        Killarney (Killarney)                                   Ring of Kerry 

THU  29        Killarney --> Cork (Cork)                            SightSeeing Cork     

FRI   30        Cork (Cork)                                               Visit to Cobh

SAT  31        Cork (Cork)                                               SightSeeing Cork      

SUN  01        Cork --> Dublin (Dublin)                             SightSeeing Dublin 

MON 02        Dublin (Dublin)                                          SightSeeing Dublin                            

TUE  03        Flight out (to Liverpool)                                                  

Some things we had planned to see we couldn´t because of the weather (Ring of Kerry) or because it was much more far away than we had thought (Knock). The weather was sunny enough to take beautiful pictures of most of the places we visited.


 About the B&B and hotels

In Galway  we stayed in Amber Lodge B&B. It was a bit disappointing. Really small room and the owner was a bit distant. If I come back to Galway I would stay somewhere else.

In Killarney we stayed at Killarney Self-Catering Haven Suits. Excellent choice!!!. It was cheap and awesome. It's very well located and have anything you need to have a nice stay.

I'd recommend this place to anyone staying in Killarney.

In Cork we stayed at Aban Appartments. It is located about 10 minutes walk from the English Market and opposite to University College. Very good choice.

In Dublin we stayed at StayCity Service Apparments Millenium Walk). It's located opposite to JERVIS. It's 3 minutes walk to Ha'Penny bridge and 5 more to Temple Bar. It was very comfortable place and the staff were very helpful.


About the bus 

We did all our tour by bus taking always Bus Éireann buses and really enjoyed the experience. They were punctual and comfortable and also had free wi-fi. The only train we took was to get to Cobh. And it was wonderful too. So, if you don't want to drive taking the bus is an option. And also can get some great offers like Expressway (8 euros from Cork to Dublin)


About the trip...

As Michelle (and others) always says 'You can´t see everything in one trip, you have to chose'. This, unfortunately, is an awful truth. You are always short of time. But we had a wonderful time in Ireland. Cork was the city we enjoyed most.


About the People of Ireland

Last but not least it was really a pleasure to meet people that were always kind, helpful and ready to do anything to make you feel at home. We had a wonderful trip mainly for the people of Ireland. These were the exact words I used in my previous report but they continue to be true for this one. 


Thank you very much to the forum for all the help you always give to anyone looking for advice!!!



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Thanks you for Reporting Back!  I am delighted that you had such a good experience.  Most of us here choose to Self-Drive, so it is very helpful to hear from someone who successfully toured using Public Transportation.




Help Us to Help You.  The more you tell us about your plans (dates, interests, budget), the better we can tailor our advice to suit!

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Hi Bob. Two years ago I did a Self-Drive tour, but it was in Spring (May). I had about 12 hours of daylight or more. Now it was Winter just 8 hours of daylight at most. I didn´t want to rush and also I was afraid of snow or slippery roads. Fortunately it was a very good experience using Public Transportation. And I could see the landscape while travelling!!!

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