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Old 12-15-2017, 11:33 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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If I'm being honest with you I think your itinerary/method is quite over ambitious for your limited time & inexperience with travel. I fear you will be exhausted & stressed out from driving all those twisty narrow roads on the opposite side (all your auto reflexes in a quick emergency situ will be wrong). You realize you have decided to drive from East Coast to West Coast & up the West Coast (twisty, curvy rainy drive) & back to the East Coast again in 5 days?

A lot of unfamiliar driving for a few days, first time out, frankly I would eliminate something & take trains more from Dublin. If it was me I would eliminate Cong, although Ashford is wonderful, & explore Cork & Kerry more by car, taking the train to Cork. Or take a train or bus ("coach") from Dublin to Galway & spend 4-5 days exploring that neck of the woods... but I understand that it is a rookie mistake to want to "see everything" first (only?) time out & you end up with memories of hours of driving down endless badly marked narrow roads possibly in the rain. Not relaxing &, I've learned, not how I want to spend a large amount of my time on a short holiday. Have a good trip whatever you decide...
I would agree on this, driving there is no fun. I also like the idea of doing the ring of Kerry on a tour bus, because if you are driving, you will miss many wonderful vistas, plus being up higher in a bus or van, will let you see over the ditches & tall weeds/bushes. If you like Ocean vistas, I recommend doing the ring of Beara, which is much less well known than the ring of Kerry. It is not as touristy & extremely beautiful, providing the weather co operates. Plus it is right near where you will be. Try pubs for meals too, if they serve food, it can be fresh & locally sourced. But ask, because I went to one who did frozen dinners. Enjoy.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:53 AM
 
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Bacon in Ireland is not what you expect. Pizza in Ireland is not what you expect. Oatmeal in Ireland is amazing. For those of us who do not eat fish food can be somewhat of a challenge.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:12 PM
 
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Bacon in Ireland is not what you expect. Pizza in Ireland is not what you expect. Oatmeal in Ireland is amazing. For those of us who do not eat fish food can be somewhat of a challenge.

The bacon is much better, it is not crisped up strips of fat that American bacon is Oh & get used to asking if you want mash or chips ( fries) with your lasagna. lol I love the fresh fish that Ireland offers, but the meats are good too, lamb, beef & park are all locally harvested, so they are freshed & not as force fed as American farmed meats. Most places will also serve a vegetarian dish, even if it is not on the menu, just ask.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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If you want an amazing tour of the Ring of Kerry contact this man. He is a retired police officer who drives an 8 passenger van and will spend the entire day with just the three of you. 8 1/2 hours for us. He took us places the big tour buses can't go, including where the Star Wars cast partied after finishing the film.

He knows the history of the entire area and will stop often to tell you about it. I can't say enough good things about that day. It was simply amazing.

Kenmare Taxi Tours-Private Escorted Tours of Kenmare & Ring of Kerry
Oh my gosh Paul has gotten back to me already and I have him reserved for a full day while we are in Killarney. He will be working with me to come up with a good tour that fits us. This takes stress off me for at least one day and we will be able to see so much.

Thank you soooo much for this!
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:18 PM
 
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The bacon is much better, it is not crisped up strips of fat that American bacon is Oh & get used to asking if you want mash or chips ( fries) with your lasagna. lol I love the fresh fish that Ireland offers, but the meats are good too, lamb, beef & park are all locally harvested, so they are freshed & not as force fed as American farmed meats. Most places will also serve a vegetarian dish, even if it is not on the menu, just ask.
I love lamb and fish, and am not a vegetarian by any stretch. Definitely looking forward to the food.
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:13 PM
 
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I went last year. Galway is a blast. Just a really cool place. Fit it in if you can.

Also, consider an airbnb instead of a hotel room. They're pretty cheap and they kind of immerse you in the atmosphere. I went for 10 days with my best friends last year (we are all single women who turned 40 in 2016). In Killarney we rented a charming and cozy cottage that was in walking distance to town but surrounded by countryside - I woke up one morning to a donkey heehawing. It was heaven, and my one best friend had to be literally pried out of the place after three nights. Our biggest regret is that we didn't set aside time to just relax in the house and just drink our tea there.

The Ring of Kerry was a breathtaking drive, btw. We were just awestruck. And leave yourself time to hike around Killarney National Park - it's just lovely.

In Galway, we rented a small loft-style apartment for a few nights and we literally just popped around the corner for breakfast every morning and wandered into town when we were ready. Also, it's a university town, so your sons might enjoy that milieu. I was wondering the entire time what it would have been like to go to school there. (Watch the Jack Taylor mysteries on netflix - they're set there. I watched them after I came back and was getting giddy spotting places I'd been)

It was the trip of a lifetime. I hope you and your sons enjoy.
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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The bacon is much better, it is not crisped up strips of fat that American bacon is Oh & get used to asking if you want mash or chips ( fries) with your lasagna. lol I love the fresh fish that Ireland offers, but the meats are good too, lamb, beef & park are all locally harvested, so they are freshed & not as force fed as American farmed meats. Most places will also serve a vegetarian dish, even if it is not on the menu, just ask.
lol. The bacon sucks! To each their own . I was so glad that when we went back to Amsterdam that Netherlands bacons the same as ours.
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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Oh my gosh Paul has gotten back to me already and I have him reserved for a full day while we are in Killarney. He will be working with me to come up with a good tour that fits us. This takes stress off me for at least one day and we will be able to see so much.

Thank you soooo much for this!
You are going enjoy the day so much. He really is a great tour guide. And an ex policemen! Not bandits to worry about (as if there are any).
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:54 PM
 
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Speaking of Galway that was one of our spurges for a place to stay. Seaside hotel. A really, really nice hotel. I didn't get to see much as I was sick as all get out. But the view out the windows was fantastic.

https://www.galwaybayhotel.net/

Ocean view room.
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:28 PM
 
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Yes. You heard that right. My twin sons who are 26, just out of the military, and going to college. They are as excited as I am and that makes me so happy. My husband has no desire to travel to Europe but I love traveling. We are very close and we have no issues traveling together, however they will share a room and I will have my own. We are not partiers so only the occasional pub visit.

We are staying for a week only and in 3 cities.

I am a bit scared about driving but think I can manage if we are not in too many big cities. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we cannot miss or other travel tips? I am hoping to do the Ring of Kerry and the Killarney National Park. We all love history and exploring.

Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated because the last time I traveled out of the US was .... 39 years ago.

1 Night - Riu Plaza The Gresham in Dublin
https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/ireland...resham-dublin/

2 Nights - The Malton in Killarney
https://www.themalton.com/

3 Nights - The Ashford Castle in Cong
https://www.ashfordcastle.com/
i know dublin well...
if you can avoid driving while in dublin, i would. it hardly worth the hassle...

i would get my car delivered to my hotel when i am ready to leave dublin. Getting from the airport to city center at 9am weekday would be a pain in my view. it is not far, just awful traffic. I have done it plenty of times in various directions and the one i hate the most is airport to city center, at morning rush hour.

the shelbourne over by stephen's green is a better location to stay. i have stayed in gresham too and if you are there just for the day, it is much nicer to stay south of the river... i was "northsider" for years , stay on the southside if it does not break the budget.
I don't mean to be a snob, but ya know what, it is nicer safer and better pubs. I would not bother much with Temple bar, is it too touristy. Trinity College Dublin and the book of kells are right in the city center, 5-15 min walk from either hotel across from the GPO... the guinness tour is grand but it is just a brewery tour... you will enjoy it. if you do drive around dublin just make sure to park in supervised structures. street parking is not the best...
Ashford is a straight up win, killarney too. i dealt with the ashford castle for years, it is a lovely spot.

Ireland is small, driving is fine once you get used to the small cars and style. people drive closer to each other but it is all good. remember insurance is different in Ireland, your CC will NOT cover you. It is possible there is some new card out there that does, but even the really good travel cards exclude Ireland due to its super high jury awards.. Rentals come with basic 3rd party insurance, but would suggest you make sure to have at least 3rd fire and theft, or fully comprehensive. i use Auto Europe

enjoy your trip.
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