Itinerary for Southern Ireland

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Itinerary for Southern Ireland

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SOUTHERN IRELAND 

[ROAD-TRIP EDITION]

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COUNTRY FACTS

Country: Ireland

Capital: Dublin

Language: Irish & English

Time Zone: GMT+1 or 8 hours ahead of Phoenix

Weather by season: Jan-Mar 40’s, Apr-June 40-50’s, July-Sept 50-60’s, Oct-Dec 40-50’s

Currency: Euro 

Exchange Rate for the USD: $1.12 = 1Euro (updated November 2019)

International telephone dialing country code: 011-353-area code and number

Food they’re known for: Irish stew, Irish soda bread, Corned beef with cabbage

Drinks they’re known for: Guinness beer, Irish Cider, Jameson whiskey

Tipping Expectations: 10% restaurants; must ask for check; round up to the nearest Euro for taxis

Popular Shopping Goods: Irish Milk Chocolate, a Claddagh ring, wool knits

Common Shop Hours: Most shops open 9am-5/6pm; bars open til midnight

Travel Adapter Type: G

Taxi Information: Taxis/Limos can be booked thru FreeNow app

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Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations in Southern Ireland

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Hotel Name

Address

Includes

Check In Time

Checkout Time

B-fast Included?

Trinity City Hotel

Pearse St, Dublin, Ireland

Wifi

External gym 8.5E/day

3pm

12pm

No it’s 15E and amazing

Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

1 Ormonde St, Kilkenny, Ireland

Parking 7E @ Ormonde Street Car Park 

Wifi in lobby

No gym/pool

3pm

12pm

Yes

The Kingsley

Carrigrohane Rd, Victoria Cross, Cork, Ireland

Parking

Wifi in room

Big Gym/Pool

3pm

12pm

No it’s 17.50E

Foley’s Guesthouse B&B

Henry St, Kenmare, Ireland

No parking

Wifi everywhere

No gym/pool

1pm

11am

Yes

Barr Na Sraide Inn

Upper Main St, Dingle, Ireland

Free parking

Wifi in room

No gym/pool

Do your own laundry

Bike rentals on site  

Very friendly staff

1pm

11am

No it’s 6E

Doolin Inn

1 Fisher St, Doolin, Ireland

Free parking

Wifi

No gym/pool

Very friendly staff

3pm

11am

Yes

Forster Court Hotel

Galway, Ireland

No parking onsite

Parking garage behind

at City Park 12E/nt

Wifi in room

No gym/pool

Hyde restaurant on site is good

3pm

12pm

No it’s 12E

The Address at Dublin 1

1 Amiens St, Dublin, Ireland

Wifi in room

Has a gym

630pm free wine/snacks

2pm

12pm

No

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AIRBNB IN SOUTHERN IRELAND

If you are looking for a more affordable option, an apartment rental is the way to go. Using Airbnb you can rent an apartment anywhere in the city. You typically don’t get the amenities of a concierge, breakfast, gym, pool, etc so you can get your stay for less than half the price of a hotel. You’ll want to book far in advance to get a great place with good reviews. Be aware, Barcelona isn’t the most Airbnb-friendly city so make sure you have a way of constant communication with your host. Get $40 off your first booking here: BOOK AN AIRBNB

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TRANSPORTATION RECOMMENDATIONS IN IRELAND

As this is a roadtrip itinerary, you'll need a rental car. We decided to road trip because we don't like to be rushed for time and told how long we have in each place. With big tour bus tours, you often have only 1-2 hours at each stop, so if you're really enjoying a certain place, you can't stay longer. You also may get stuck with a group of people you don't enjoy being around. For those reasons, we decided to do our own road trip. We were hesitant as we've heard the roads are tricky to navigate. Yes, they're very narrow, but nothing scary or dangerous. We had no accidents or fender benders at all, so we felt completely safe and were so glad we toured independently. We got to do things on our own time, which meant taking the back roads instead of the highways to see more of the countryside.

We picked up a rental car at the Dublin Airport Hertz and it was a smooth process. This itinerary begins in Dublin as it's the cheapest airport to fly into. So find a rental car in Dublin somewhere.

Keep in mind that roads are narrow so get a smaller car if all your luggage can fit. The highways will be quicker from town to town. However, we recommend taking the back, smaller roads when possible during the road trip for more beautiful scenery. 

The first day or two in Dublin, you could get by without a rental car and instead use Taxis.

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BOOKING RECOMMENDATIONS IN IRELAND

In the itinerary charts below, you’ll notice we mention “book now” or “book later”.  If it says “book now” you truly must book tickets now, months in advance, as it’s a popular thing to do that sells out at peak times.  If we say “book later” or wait, you could book it just before leaving or you could even just show up to the location and buy tickets that same day.

Lastly, don't forget to get travel insurance. With such a large trip like this in which you have to pre-book a lot, it would be awful to miss the trip and not get refunded for everything.

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TEN DAY SOUTHERN IRELAND

ROAD TRIP SCHEDULE

DAY 0 Fly to Dublin

DAY 1 Arrive in Dublin

DAY 2 Dublin

DAY 3 Road trip: Kilkenny 

DAY 4 Road trip: Cobh, Kinsale, & Cork

DAY 5 Road trip: Killarney & Kenmare

DAY 6 Road trip: Ring of Kerry & Dingle

DAY 7 Road trip: Cliffs of Moher & Doolin

DAY 8 Road trip: Connemara & Galway

DAY 9 Road trip: Galway & Dublin

DAY 10  Fly Home
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Trip Details by day for the Ireland Itinerary 

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DAY 1 AT A GLANCE

Plans: 

  • Arrive in Dublin and stay awake all day to adjust to their time zone

  • Taxi ride to the Trinity City Hotel

  • Go to ATM for money exchange (if needed)

  • Reserve the Book of Kells in Old Trinity Library

  • Reserve the Irish Whiskey Museum

  • Walk and shop along Grafton Street

  • Walk through St. Stephen’s Green park

  • Reserve The Bank for dinner

  • Temple Bar pub crawl

DAY 1 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Book of Kells

830am-5pm 

Expect to spend ~1 hour here

Trinity Old Library

13E

Booked the tour with audio guides to visit 3 areas: exhibit, Treasury, and Old Library Long Room (the best part)

See a 1,200 yr old Monk Manuscript 680 pages from the Dark Ages

Irish Whiskey Museum

1030am-6pm 

Expect to spend 1-2 hours here

119 Grafton St

20E

Book ahead of time

Consider the Classic Tour which includes 3 tastings at the end

Grafton Street

-

Grafton St

-

-

Lively street with shops & flowers

St. Stephen’s Green

-

-

-

-

Walk through the park, see the beautiful lakes, and relax on the benches

Temple Bar Bars:

a)Gogarty’s

b)Palace Bar

c)Porterhouse

d) Jimmy Rabbits

a)2pm-1230am

b)12pm-1130pm

c)1130am-12am

d)12pm-12am

a)58 Fleet St

b)42 Middle Abbey St

c)Parliament St

d)87 Camden St. 

-

-

Pub crawl and live music spots

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

The Hairy Lemon

1130am-10pm

Irish Pub

41 Lower Stephen St

$$

Try the Dublin coddle stew

The Duke

1030am-1130pm

Irish Pub

9 Duke St

$$

Buffet; Try the Irish stew

Queen of Tarts

8am-7pm

Tearoom Cafe, Bfast, Pastries

3 Cow’s Lane Dame St

$

Try a tart or apple crumble; outdoor seating option

Leo Burdock

Noon-1130pm

Original Take away Fish & Chips

2 Werburgh St

$

They have large splittable portions of fish & chips to-go only

The Bank

11am-1130pm

Irish Pub in old bank w/live piano

20 College Green

$$$

Good oysters/mussels and cool ambiance

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Grafton Street shopping

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St Stephen's Green park

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St Stephen's Green park

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Book of Kells tour

DAY 2 AT A GLANCE

Plans: 

  • Breakfast at the hotel to start tours early

  • Reserve Kilmainham Gaol

  • Reserve Guinness Storehouse

  • Checkout St Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Reserve Jameson Distillery tour

  • Reserve The Brazen Head Dinner Show

DAY 2 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Kilmainham Gaol

9am-6pm 

Inchicore Rd

8E 

Arrive 15min early

A historic jail that was turned into a museum; amazing historical stories about Ireland

Guinness Storehouse

9:30am-5pm

Takes ~1.5 hours

Market St

46E/couple

Arrive 15-min early; 

22-min walk away from Kilmainham above

6th floor Gravity bar with pano views, 4th floor get certified to pour-your-own

St Patrick’s Cathedral

9:30am-5pm 

21-50 Patrick’s Close

7E donation

Free tours at 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3pm, or 3:30pm

It’s the tallest/largest church in Ireland

Jameson Distillery

10am-6pm

It’s a 40-min tour

Bow St

20E

Do a pre-dinner tour

It’s a 8min walk to dinner after

Includes a 40min interactive tour with shots

The Brazen Head Dinner Show

7-945pm dinner folk show

20 Bridge St

52E

Includes dinner and show; great bar to hangout at after

The oldest pub in Dublin story-telling dinner show

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

PHX Bistro

11:30am-10pm

Italian bistro

12 Ellis Quay

$$

by Guinness

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Kilmainham Jain

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DAY 3 AT A GLANCE

Plans: 

  • Breakfast 

  • Pick-up rental car to embark on the road trip (stop for water/snacks)

  • Drive to Kilkenny

  • Drop off luggage at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel 

  • Visit Kilkenny Castle

  • Reserve Smithwick’s Experience (if you enjoy beer)

  • Checkout St. Canice’s Cathedral & Tower

  • Pub crawl

DAY 3 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Kilkenny Castle

930am-530pm 

Expect to spend 1 hour here

The Parade

8E

WAIT for sale at the door

Do self tour or 45-min guided tour for same price

St. Canice’s Cathedral & Tower

9am-6pm 

Expect to spend 1 hour here

Coach Rd

4E cathedral and 3E tower or 6E combo

WAIT and buy there

13th century; the tower climb is worth it

Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny

10am-6pm

44 Parliament St

16Epp hour long tour and a pint after at their bar

Tickets are for any day or time BOOK

Tours last 45-min and run every hour; this is not a working brewery but tour spot

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

Tang Cafe

730am-5pm

Brunch

23c Dawson St, Dublin

$$

Good breakfast

Petronella

12-3pm and 5-9pm

Irish

Buttership Ln

$$$

Try the sticky toffee pudding

Kyteler’s Inn

1030am-1130pm with 

6pm music

Irish

27 St Kieran’s St

$$

They have a covered beer garden; cool historic ambiance; witch hunted cellar; popular place

Matt the Miller’s Tavern

11am-12am

9pm music

Irish

1 John St Lower

$$

Try the fish chowder or bangers & mash

Cafe La Coco

8am-5pm

Cafe

4 Patrick St

$

Small place; lunch or snacks

Pubs:

Pub

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

Cleere’s Bar & Theatre

M/W 9:30pm music

Irish Pub

28 Parliament St

$

-

Bollard’s Pub

10am-12am; T/Th/F 9pm music

Irish Pub

31 Saint Krevon’s St

$

-

The Hole in the Wall

7pm-1am

Ireland’ Smallest/oldest pub

17 High St

$

Owner Michael is friendly and sometimes does sing-alongs; tiny bar

Brewery Corner

1pm-1130pm

Local Craft Beers

29 Parliament St

$

-

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Kilkenny Castle

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St Canice's Cathedral

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DAY 4 AT A GLANCE 

Plans: 

  • Breakfast at the hotel to start tours early

  • Drive to tour the Rock of Cashel

  • Consider stopping at Cobh or Kinsale (if you have time)

  • Drive to Cork and check-in to the Kingsley Hotel

  • Drinks at Mutton Lane Bar

DAY 4 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Rock of Cashel

9am-7pm go early

St Patrick’s Rock of Cashel

8E includes 45min tour; 4.50E parking

WAIT and book there

Very cold & windy up the top of the hill; incredible tour and architecture

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

Mutton Lane Bar

Mon-Thur 10:30am-11:30pm and Fri-Sat 10:30am-12:30am

Drinks only

3 St Patrick’s St

$

The original and oldest bar in Cork; very tiny but hidden and unique

The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega

10am-12am

Pan-global restaurant and bar

44-45 Cornmarket St

$$

Great selection of whiskey and food

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Rock of Cashel

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Rock of Cashel

Rock of cashel

Rock of Cashel

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Rock of Cashel

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Mutton Lane bar

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Mutton Lane Bar

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Cork

DAY 5 AT A GLANCE 

Plans: 

  • Get breakfast in Cork

  • On the way to Killarney, stop at the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone (17min drive)

  • Drive to Killarney

  • Consider stopping at the Laurels Pub for lunch 

  • Drive through Killarney National Park and stop at view points along the lake

  • Continue the drive to Kenmare to check-in to Foleys B&B

  • Kenmare stroll through town

DAY 5 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Blarney Castle & Stone

9am-6pm

Blarney

16Epp

Any day/time tix bought but the earlier the better before the line gets long

Kiss the stone first before the line gets long; stroll the gardens; can ask them to sanitize the stone first

Killarney Nat’l Park

8am-6pm

Killarney National Park

Free

-

25,000 acres drive with gorgeous lake; watch out for deer

Kenmare Town Stroll

-

-

-

-

Checkout the shops, restaurants, and pubs

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

Liberty Grill

8am-9pm

Breakfast; Burgers

Cork

$$

Usually a line

Cronin’s restaurant

1215pm-930pm

Irish

College St, Killarney

$$

Shepherd's pie, roast beef, & chowder

The Laurels Pub

12:30pm - 11pm

Irish 

Main St. Killarney Co. Kerry

$$

Great food and drinks with cute decor 

The Horseshoe

5pm-10pm

Irish specializing in steak/ribs

Main St, Kenmare

$$$

Try the chowder or crab

The Lime Tree

630-930pm

Seafood

Shelbourne St, Kenmare

$$$$ 39-49Epp

Try the lamb

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Blarney Castle

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Time to kiss the Blarney Stone

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Killarney National Park

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Killarney National Park

DAY 6 AT A GLANCE  

Plans: 

  • Breakfast at B&B

  • Ring of Kerry scenic drive 

  • Drive to Dingle and check-in to Barr Inn

  • Consider Dingle bike/hike

  • Dingle town walk + pub crawl

DAY 6 DETAILS

[RING OF KERRY STOPS: clockwise from Kenmare]

Destination

0km 

Hours

Price

Tips

Glacier Lake

17.6km

-

-

Just drive by it

Staigue Ring Fort

40.4km

-

1E at gate donation box

2.5mi off the highway but gorgeous

Carroll’s Cove

43.5km

-

-

Beach & Beachside bar for drinks/lunch

Skellig Ring Loop

After 65km

-

-

Drive thru it and stop at the Skellig Chocolate factory

Best View in County Kerry sign

80km

-

4E at hut

Coastal views to drive by

Dingle to do:

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Bike & Hike to Eask Tower

9am-7pm

-

2E hike; 15E regular bike; 20E hybrid; 40E electric bike rental w/ helmet & lock

Book with Paddy’s Bike Hire or Dingle Electric Bike Experience

1hr hike for 360 degree views; could bike around town

Town Walk

-

Dingle

-

-

See Pg 258-264; don’t miss Harry Clark stained windows 3E open 9-5, Fungie dolphin statue

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

Bridge Bar at The Moorings

9am-11pm

Seafood & Pub

Portmagee

$$

Try the chowder or mussels

The Blue Zone

5pm-1030pm

Pizza & Jazz

Dingle

$$

Pizza

Dingle Pub Crawl: (Live music 9:30pm most places so arrive early for seats)

Restaurant

Hours

Address

O’Flaherty’s

11am-1130pm

Bridge St

John Benny’s

8am-1130pm

Strand St

Dick Mack’s

Not listed

Green St

The Dingle Pub

9am-1130pm

Main St

O’Sullivan’s Court House Pub

4pm-12am

The Mall

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Stage Ring Fort

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DAY 7 AT A GLANCE  

Plans: 

  • Breakfast 

  • Consider the Dingle Peninsula Loop Drive or drive straight to the Cliffs

  • Cliffs of Moher 

  • Aran Island Boat Tour 

  • Drive the beach in Doolin

  • Check into Inn

DAY 7 MORNING DETAILS

[DINGLE LOOP STOPS: clockwise from Dingle]

Destination

0km 

Hours

Price

Tips

Beehive Huts

13.2km or 14.7km

9am-7pm

3E

They’re called “clochans”

Slea Head

16km

-

-

Pullover for views

Blasket Views

16.7km

-

-

Pullover for views

Great Blasket Centre

21.3km

10am-6pm

5E

History museum

Clogher Head Pullout

23.1km

-

-

See views of the Three Sisters & Sybil point; 15-min walk to the view point

Gallarus Oratory

33km

-

Free

Old church

DAY 7 AFTERNOON DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Aran Island Boat Tour

1hr trip total

Sails past Cliffs of Moher

15Epp paid

Bring voucher and coins for parking at pier

BOOK Arrive early for best seats on boat

Great views of cliffs from the water

Cliffs of Moher

9am-7:30pm

Most people spend 1-2hrs

-

6E

WAIT buy tickets when there

Incl. exhibit, movie, cliff walk; see O’Brien’s tower

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

My Boy Blue

8:30am-5pm

Breakfast

Holyground, Dingle

$

Small menu but good reviews; try the huevos rancheros

Cliffs View Cafe or Puffins Nest

9am-7pm

Cafes

Cliffs of Moher center

$

Snacks & ice cream

Ivy Cottage

10am-6pm

Sandwiches/Burgers

Doolin (across from inn)

$$

Good burgers, quiche, chowder. Sit outside in garden if nice.

McGann’s Pub

12pm-12am

Irish Pub

Doolin

$$

Great fish & chips. Music starts after 9:30pm.

Gus O’Connor’s

-

Irish Pub

Doolin  (across from inn)

$$

Live music with traditional music

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Cliffs of Moher

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Cliffs of Moher

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Cliffs of Moher

Doolin beach

Doolin beach

DAY 8 AT A GLANCE  

Plans: 

  • Breakfast at Inn

  • Drive to Connemara National Park 

  • Kylemore Abbey and eat lunch

  • Killary Sheep Farm (12min drive from Abbey)

  • Drive back to Galway (1hr 15min)

  • Check-in at Forster Court Hotel

  • Galway town walk & pub crawl

DAY 8 DETAILS  

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Connemara National Park

9am-530pm

near Letterfrack along N59

free

-

Tea room there with snacks; walk/hike around

Kylemore Abbey

9am-430pm

Need ~2 hours

Under construction

Kylemore

12.60E

WAIT to book

Monastery with Victorian walled gardens, church, walks; 20min history talks at 1pm.

Killary Sheep Farm

-

Near the Park

12E

BOOK ahead of time

Includes tour, see sheep dog demo, sheep shearing. Our favorite part of the trip!

Galway Walk

-

-

free

-

Walk the shops and pubs

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby: 

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

McDonagh’s 

12pm-11pm takeaway or 5-10pm sit down

Fish & Chips / Seafood

22 Quay St, Galway

$

Fast food

Murphy’s

12pm-8pm

Ice-cream

12 High St

$

Try Dingle sea salt or caramelized brown bread

The Dough Bros

12-9

Pizza

Unit 1 Cathedral buildings Middle St, Galway

$$

Try the ceasar or truffle wood fired pizza. Amazing pizza! Worth the wait.

Pubs:

Restaurant

Hours

Address

Tips

Tig Coili

1030am-1130pm

24 Mainguard St

Music 6 & 10

Monroe’s

10pm-2am

8 Upper Dominick St

Music nightly

The Crane

-

2 Sea Rd

Music 930

Taaffe’s

10am-1130pm

19 Shop St

Music 530 + 930

The Quays

1030am-2am

11 Quay St

Music 930

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Kylemore Abbey

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Kylemore Abbey Gardens

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Kylemore Abbey Gardens

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Killary Sheep Farm

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Killary Sheep Farm

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Killary Sheep Farm

DAY 9 AT A GLANCE   

Plans: 

  • Breakfast 

  • Reserve Ashford Castle private falconry tour

  • Drive to Dublin (2hr 24min drive)

  • Dublin Castle 

  • Return rental car 

  • Check-in to hotel

  • Bull & Castle dinner 

DAY 9 DETAILS  

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Booking

Tips

Falconry Hawk Walk

-

Ashford Castle

200E total for 4 people; price varies by group size

BOOK your private tour

Park in visitor car parking and walk thru castle grounds; arrive at least 20min early as it’s a long walk to the building

Dublin Castle

9:45am-5:15pm 

Expect to spend 1-2 hours

Dame St

10E one hour guided tour or 7E self-tour

BOOK 

A 700-yr old castle where the tours run every half hour

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby: 

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Tips

The Bull and Castle 

12.30pm - 10.00pm

Steakhouse

5-7 Lord Edward St, Dublin 2, D02 P634, Ireland

$$$

Nicer restaurant with dim lighting and bar upstairs

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Ashford Castle School of Falconry

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our road trip crew at Falconry school

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