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Dublin, Belfast & Galway - advice needed

Dublin, Belfast & Galway - advice needed

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Question posted on behalf of Judy MacGowan:
I’m travelling to Dublin this week on Thursday (7th of July) - can you please advice on the below - 
  1. Best way to travel from Belfast to Galway - as easy as possible travelling by bus and/or train. I won’t be driving.
  2. I’m staying in Dublin, Belfast and Galway (in that order) and flying out of Dublin. I’m trying to figure out where I should spend 2 nights between Galway and Dublin - Cork? Waterford? Cobh? Kenmare?

Posted Mon 4 Jul 2016 9:34 AM
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Hi Judy
Welcome to Ireland. Even if Ireland is quite small, I would recommend not to add too many miles on your road.

First , Dublin is worth a few days.
Then going from Dublin to Belfast, you could take a tourist bus ( Extreme Ireland or other companies, tickets available in Tourist offices) or take the direct bus or train.
I would recommend to take a direct bus to Belfast, stay in Belfast for 2 nights.
Take the black cabs to have a tour of the Murals, Titanic Museum, walk back from the Titanic into Town, along the River, then Albert Tower, Belfast City hall tour( free), have a drink at the Crown pub, go to the Queen's University and botanical gardens and Ulster Museum. Enjoy!

Then , I would go the West, Londonderry ( half day) and cross the border to Donegal.( plenty buses 1h30mn journey)
then from Donegal to Galway via Sligo by bus
very nice road
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Hi Judy, I think it would be lovely to spend the 2 nights in Clare and Limerick on the Wild Atlantic Way and then travel back to Dublin. You can enjoy a day trip to the islands off the west coast (boats leave from Galway and Doolin in Clare); http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/articles/aran-islands/  also The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, lovely villages and towns such as Ballyvaughan, Lahinch, Fanore, Miltown Malbay and Doolin. as well as Bunratty Castle and Craggaunowen. Also King John's Castle in Limerick, see more information here: http://www.shannonheritage.com/DaytimeAttractions/ 

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Hi Judy!

The fastest way is by bus, if you go with the train you will need to add another hour to the journey. Aircoach leaves every hour from Glengall Street and takes you straight to Dublin Airport. There you can take the 720 GoBus or Citylink towards Galway Coach Station. This will take you around 5 hours. You can view the current timetables on the Transport for Ireland website. 

If you are planning to go to Cork, you'll take the bus service to Limerick and change there. There's a couple of great things you can do in Cork. In the English Market you can try all the delicious local treats freshly prepared every day. The Cork Public Museum has local artifacts displayed as well as ancient Greek and Egyptian. It tells the story of the rich medieval history of the town. 

From Cork you can take a short train ride toward the harbor town Cobh. That majestic ship, The Titanic, visited this little town last before starting her transatlantic journey to America. When you visit the Titanic Experience there, you will be able to follow one of the passengers' stories during that voyage. 
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