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Itinerary and tour advice

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Itinerary and tour advice

My husband and I are 60ish and in good health. We are planning a trip to Ireland in early May of 2019. We will have 12 days of tour time and 2 days of travel time. We will fly in and out of Dublin. We are unable to rent a car and drive so we will rely on trains/buses/drivers. We are considering 3 nights in each of the following: Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, and Galway. Things we would really like to see/do: Trinity College, Rock of Cashel, Limerick, Adare, Bunratty Castle, Powerscourt Estate,Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry. I have spent countless hours learning and reading and am now ready to get opinions. Please share your thoughts on: this itinerary, where to stay in each town (moderate budget), and transportation suggestions. Regarding transportation, we really don't care to travel with big groups but a private driver seems out of our budget. Should we plan a day trip from each of our 4 home bases and then spend the remaining days exploring the home base towns? Should we take a train between our 4 home bases? Thank you in advance for your advice.

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County Tipperary...
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1. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

You can do Dublin Galway and Galway Killarney by train, but Kilkenny to anywhere other than Dublin is a bit of a non-starter. I would suggest the easiest thing would be to go to Kilkenny then return to Dublin and from there to Galway. The map appears to show other routes but the Waterford Limerick Junction one is a bit useless. Or you could go by bus, but I would go by train in preference.

There will be lots of day trips from Galway and Killarney, not so much from Kilkenny though you could go by train to Waterford easily.

irishrail.ie/travel-information/ireland-symb…

Edited: 18 November 2018, 01:30
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2. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

Adare isn’t somewhere I’d be going out of my way to see, it’s famous for being famous and for having an indecently expensive hotel , but with a moderate budget , getting there and stopping isn’t going to be easy on public transport .

Likewise , Powerscourt Estate . I’d go for time in Glendalough instead . Kilkenny isn’t really a fish base for tours .

Edited: 18 November 2018, 06:15
County Dublin...
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3. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

How much is a moderate budget in euro per night please?

Jacksonville...
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4. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

Well here is my opinion =)

If you are unable to hire a car and don't want to do a organized bus tour such as CIE then IMO you're choosing to see Ireland in one of the hardest ways possible Public Transport.. Now I know people will say that's not true and yes it can be fun vagabonding all over Ireland but think about this, you;re also lugging your luggage all over Ireland. You will do a lot of walking seeing Ireland this way so pack a backpack =).

As said outside the major cities getting transport to attractions can be difficult if you don't like crowds. You could do PaddyWagon Tours from Limerick Killarney to the Cliffs of Moher and such.

https://www.paddywagontours.com/tours.

Personally if you're not going to hire a car and drive yourself then I think a CIE Tour or the like would be better.

That's just my opinion =)

Edited: 18 November 2018, 13:34
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5. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

I would get the train to Killarney, use it as a base for day trips out by coach. Then get bus Eireann to Galway and do the same. I would have only two bases as I'm not a fan of dragging luggage around with me.

Saginaw, Michigan
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6. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

Skim through the Trip Reports here for how others successfully used bus/coach and train,

in combination with either local organized tours or private taxies from a number of bases,

including Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Limerick and Galway to get around Ireland:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18659…

At the end of the post on Trip Reports, the ones that involved private drivers or taxies are noted.

Immediately after the Trip Reports, you will find the basics of using Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and private coaches, at entry #2 and # 3.

Saginaw, Michigan
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7. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

Monday 6th May, 2019 is a Bank Holiday, making the whole weekend from Friday 3rd through Monday 6th a busy one.

Pay particular attention if you were considering Killarney on that weekend!

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18659…

For The Rock of Cashel (and Cahir Castle), in Co Tipperary,

you could travel by Bus Eireann X8 Expressway Service from Dublin - both Airport and City Centre (Bus Arus Central Bus Station):

buseireann.ie/timetables/X8-1513614465.pdf

This Trip Reports shows how to visit The Rock of Cashel from a Limerick city base - specifically at entry #58 -

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18659…

The whole topic is well worth reading from start to finish!

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8. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

$150 - $200

County Dublin...
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9. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

I'd have thought two days would be adequate for Kilkenny.

https://www.rivercourthotel.com/

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10. Re: Itinerary and tour advice

And in Galway, this one should be in budget.

https://www.imperialhotelgalway.ie/

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