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9 nights end of April Self driving

9 nights end of April Self driving

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My buddy and I turn 50 this year. So we are heading to Ireland April 22- May 1. We are flying into Dublin early in the morning Saturday April 22. Our plan now is to rent a car and drive ourselves. So far our plan is to head to Athlone the first night and check out Seans Bar. Then head to Limerick - Dingle - Killarney - Cork - Wexford and finishing up back in Dublin Saturday to give us 2 nights in Dublin before we leave Monday. We are not making reservations at any place to keep our trip flexible. We hope to stay at Hostels or BnB. We want to see the back country while driving so plan to stay of the big motorways as much as possible. Things of interest we like are Pubs, Castles, Nature, Fishing and live music. Any suggestions would be great.
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Hi Sammy,

Welcome to the community! 

It is so great to see you and your friend are planning on a road trip around Ireland! It is such a great way to check out the sites! You can find some sample road trip Itineraries on our website. Here they not only have routes to take, but great ideas on places to see. such as The Ring of Kerry.

There is also a neat "what to see search engine" on the website as well. You can enter your location and what you are wanting to see ( castles, fishing, golf, attractions) and it will list the nearest location to find them. Speaking of search engines, there is an accommodation search engine as well. Here you can find all tourist board approved accommodations in your destination. 

There are many places to check out that include your interest! There are a few pages you may find interesting such as this link to information on Irish Pubs.  There is also some great music scenes to check out in Dublin. There is also some great fishing places to check out in Ireland as well! 

Hope this information is helpful and you both have a great road trip! 

Lauren
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Hi Sammy, 
Sounds like a great trip, you've picked a good time to travel as children will be back to school after the Easter break and you should have a good choice of accommodation that week. The roads are fairly easy to negotiate, personally, I'm not fond of the satnav but prefer a map - I love the Road Atlas of Ireland published by the OSI and you should be able to get it in the bookshop at the airport on arrival, it costs about Euro 12 and is a great asset if you want to get off the motorways.
You could head towards the Wild Atlantic Way coast and do a boat trip along the Cliffs of Moher followed by lunch in a pub in Doolin. You can pretty much stay along the coast and cross the River Shannon on the ferry at Killimer or go into the Medieval town of Ennis and travel the main road, you'll go through some nice villages on the way to Kerry including Adare. Around Kerry you have tons of options, the Dingle peninsula is a great drive and the Conor Pass is fabulous on a clear day. Stop for a bite to eat in the South Pole Inn (toasted sandwiches there are delicious!). 
As you head back towards Wexford and Ireland's Ancient East, you could include Hook Head and the oldest working lighthouse in the world. The nearby Loftus Hall is also worth a visit.
Have a great time, let me know if you need anything else.
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Hi Sammy,
Sounds like a great trip. A road trip gives you the freedom to see so many different sites around Ireland.
Just to give you a bit of background about us -  we are B&B Ireland - we have over 800 B&Bs on our website that you can book instantly. We have B&Bs in all of the locations you are traveling to. We would always encourage visitors to book their B&B accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment. Please see below link  to our website which will give you a choice of homes in your required area - https://goo.gl/DJ1wb
Simply type in the area to the search bar and choose your selected dates.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Karen - B&B Ireland

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Wishing you a Happy Birthday in advance Sammy!
On your way to Athlone you should include a trip to the ancient settlement of clonmacnoise - it really is spectacular and so well maintained and not too busy with tourists. You'll love it! It is so atmospheric.
Also, Kilbeggan Distillery is en route and well worth a stop off (just don't drink and drive!) and there are loads of lovely little restaurants and cafes in Athlone. Head out to Grogan's Pub in the village of Glasson, just outside Athlone town, it's very quaint, traditional and charming with a lovely pub grub menu.  

You'll be spoiled for choice in Limerick, Dingle, Killarney and Cork. Maybe consider heading back to Dublin via the Rock of Cashel (in Tipperary) and cross-country to Kilkenny (less than 2 hours drive from Dublin)?

Have fun and safe travels - Áine!


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Wow thanks for the fast replies. Yea Sandra Im not a gps person. I just bought the Collins spiral bound atlas already spent couple of hours looking at it. Thanks for the heads up on Conor pass. Karen I will look at your site. But we really want to wing it when it comes to place to stay. Don't want to be tied down with reservations. Aine we will check out Kilbeggan Distillery and Grogan pub. Cant wait to check out the pubs and have a drink with some locals.  
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