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destinydave
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IRELAND, first time, Now with Trip reports
      #950909 - 01/30/09 05:04 PM (208.104.96.25)

Making our first trip to Ireland from the end of April to the first part of May. Coming from USA and landing in London first. Any help with good bets for airfare from London, and things to see and do in Ireland on a budget will be greatly appreciated!
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Dave


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Emers410
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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: destinydave]
      #952828 - 02/03/09 02:56 PM (216.68.94.234)

Definitely Ryan Air for flight. Super Cheap. www.ryanair.com As far as what to see and do in Ireland, are you focusing on a certain area (northern/southern/east)?

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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: destinydave]
      #952868 - 02/03/09 04:17 PM (216.31.145.128)

Dublin has this thing called a "Dublin Pass" that gets you into most of the "sites" (museums, zoo, castles, etc) for 1 price (35 Euro for 1 day and multiple day passes avbl too)and a Hop-on, Hop-Off bus system (just like London does) to get around. Check out www.visitdublin.com for lots of info. I envy you, wish I was going....

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destinydave
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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: Emers410]
      #952928 - 02/03/09 06:45 PM (208.104.96.25)

i have seen ryanair,thanks to friends in england...and with the time alloted, probably about 10 days, will probably stay in or around dublin mostly, unless you have some good suggestions...
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destinydave
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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: Temery]
      #952929 - 02/03/09 06:47 PM (208.104.96.25)

was looking into the pass....it might be good, altho is seems like it covers some things that are free anyway...but i heard you get to go to the head of the lines with it tho...what places would you suggest?
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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: destinydave]
      #953053 - 02/03/09 11:19 PM (67.142.161.20)


If you have 10 days, you should travel around Ireland. Consider flying Ryan Air to Dublin and then flying back to London from Shannon.

If possible, rent a car when you are ready to head out of Dublin.

My favorite part of Ireland is in the west: Galway and County Mayo.

Dublin is a lovely city...but it is a city. I'd suggest only 2 nights there. Stop at an Irish Tourist Board and book a B&B near Galway. It's about 4 hrs.+ driving. Eat in the Old Quay area. Then head up into Co. Mayo. You can go either along Lough Corrib, or the other way which is out via Salt Hill area.
You could spend a couple of nights in Co. Mayo making a loop that will bring you back south to the Galway area.

At that point, continue south along the coast...see The Cliffs of Moher...Doolin...maybe take the car ferry at Tarbet...and go to Killarney.

You can drive the Ring of Kerry.

When you're ready to head back to London, leave from Shannon.

Karen


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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: destinydave]
      #953118 - 02/04/09 08:32 AM (75.187.135.218)

Hope this isn't out of line, but this site was helpful in planning our trip to Ireland a few years ago.

www.irelandyes.com

Have a great trip wherever you go.

MJ


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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: sxmcpl]
      #953301 - 02/04/09 01:22 PM (192.55.208.10)

I might suggest getting a car in London, drive to the west coast, probably take a ferry from Wales, then do the big loop, going south from Dublin (Or wherever the ferry of choice lands)first. By the way, if you choose the ferry, reservations are almost esential.
Lil Seaside lived in London for several years and we made several trips over there, did the north part of England, Scotland and all that, but Ireland is far and away the better place to visit IMHO. People are friendly, lots to see. We always took pot luck on bed and breakfast and came out famously. Get a Frommers and make some definte stop plans ahead so you don't get slammed on time.


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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: destinydave]
      #953702 - 02/05/09 08:25 AM (66.191.225.3)

Dave, Dublin is a great beginning for a couple of nights if only to absorb the Irish street life and the pubs. By all means rent a car---you can see more and still conserve time. We toured the entire perimeter of Ireland in 2007 and enjoyed especially the awesome north coast of Antrim.

Only one regret with Ireland, never enough time to absorb it all---so much to see within a few days. But, for sure, Ireland will call you back so, like others of us, plan for a future return. We envy you.

Dan


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Re: IRELAND, first time, help please! [Re: DanGay]
      #956385 - 02/10/09 06:01 AM (64.12.116.77)

A must stop if you are in the southwest of Ireland is the town of Dingle. One of the only areas where galic is still spoken. Some of the Pubs are unbelivable. Foxy Johns which is a hardware store and a pub and Dick Macs which is a shoe store and a pub in one. If shopping were like this in the states we would never tell our wives we didn't want to tag along. Enjoy your trip.

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