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Eastern Ireland 2013

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Eastern Ireland 2013

Hello all! I know this is super preemptive, but I really have no general idea at all of an itinerary for a trip we are considering for Aug of 2013. We have chosen this time because there will be a half marathon there that we want to run (or it's in planning stages) and we LOVED Ireland when we were there.

We would like to ideally (if the date is accurate), fly in on Friday the 2nd. The half marathon is on the 5th. We'd like to maybe utilize Sat and Sunday to do a short day trip. Then hang out in Dublin the 6th as well, then leave on the 7th. Our return would tentatively be the 12 or 13. There are some beautiful places we saw in Meath, as well as down near Enniscourt and Wicklow that we want to see.

Anyone have a potential loose itinerary they would like to share. We do not want to do the touristy stuff in Dublin, as we did that when we were there in March. We do want to go to Powerscourt Gardens and see any fabulous ruins or anything like that.

Recommendations for itinerary as well as potential lodging recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Also, I know August is in high season, will the crowds be at least tapering off by this time or will it still be insane?

Thank you SO much inadvance!!

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1. Re: Eastern Ireland 2013

You don't say if you are planning on renting a car or not. This will have a big impact on a choice of potential locations to visit. Assuming you have a car, the following are worth considering north of Dublin - Newgrange, Tara and Trim (historic sites) and Carlingford (scenic peninsula near Dundalk). South of Dublin, I'd suggest Glendalough (scenic and historic site) and the surrounding areas in Wicklow including Avoca which are all quite scenic. South of Wicklow, you come to Wexford which is pleasant, rolling countryside with some fine beaches and old towns.

However, if you do not have a car, you may struggle to get to some of these locations in a short trip. Also all of these locations can be visited from Dublin on day-trips, so if you wish, you can avoid changing accommodation.

Edited: 15 April 2012, 13:39
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2. Re: Eastern Ireland 2013

Sorry. I did forget to say that. Yes we will rent a car!! Thank you for the tips!

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3. Re: Eastern Ireland 2013

Ireland never really gets insanely busy, thankfully.5th August may be the August bank holiday weekend so may be busier in som places. If you only have a few days and plan staying in Dublin, I think I'd skip hiring a car until you are ready to leave Dublin, even we locals find driving in Dublin trying,then you will have the expense of parking as well.

I have to admit to being somewhat underwhelmed by Carlingford.Wexford town is a nice spot and there is lots to see in the area like the Hook Head lighthouse, Tintern abbey, you have the JFK homestead,the Dunbrody famine ship and the National Heritage park.

Carlow is much ignored but has some stunning sites such as St Mullins, the largest dolmen in Europe the mock gothic romantic ruins and gardens of Ducketts grove etc.

http://www.hooktourism.com/

http://www.dunbrody.com/

http://www.inhp.com/

carlowcountymuseum.com/carlow-county/duckets…

http://www.esatclear.ie/~coachouse/stmullins.html

www.megalithicireland.com/Brownes%20home.htm

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4. Re: Eastern Ireland 2013

Thank you both for your postings!

The plan will be to cap the North and South excursions by the half marathon days. It won't be in the middle. I'm going to research all you listed! Thank you so much!

Any lodging recommendations?

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