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Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

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Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

Is it a good or bad idea to base yourself in Dublin and just drive out to other areas on day trips? For example, what if we wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher...how long of a drive would that be from Dublin?

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1. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

It really depends on how long you have, and what you are hoping to fit in. If you give us an idea of both, you'll get some good advice here on how best to plan your time.

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2. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

I'm planning about a week in April of next year. I would like to see all the main touristy parts - Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney, Bunratty, and the U2 graffiti wall ha!! I would even like to spend a night in a castle hotel, if there is a good one nearby Dublin, since that is where I will be flying in and out of.

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3. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

Very important question - will you have a car?

Ring of Kerry, (4 hours drive from Dublin - you would need to do at the VERY VERY VERY least one overnight in Kerry)

Cliffs of Moher -(4 Hours drive from Dublin - ditto)

Blarney (ditto !!)

Bunratty, (Ditto, but Bunratty and Cliffs of Moher are in the same direction)

castle hotel - Clontarf Castle hotel is just outside dublin ( a few miles) and it's gorgeous).

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4. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

There are numerous day trips on the East Coast that can be done from Dublin, but it makes no sense to try and visit the West Coast from Dublin on day trips.

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5. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

If you will be based in Dublin, it would be feasible to drive to Galway(about two hours) but you would want to stay overnight. You could visit Glendalough, and the Wicklow Mountains and maybe Newgrange on a day trip. But forget Killarney etc - its just too much driving if you only have a week.

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6. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

We are staying in two different cities in the spring. Galway - five nights and Dublin three or four nights. This way we will be able to minimize our travelling time.

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7. Re: Is it a good idea to be based in Dublin...?

No, I agree with the others - Dublin would not be a good base for the west or southwest (Bunratty, ring of kerry, Dingle, Burren, cliffs of Moher or Connemara.)

Meath, Wicklow and the east coast - yes, but for these areas you have mentioned - three bases (if Dublin is also on your must see list) would be a better option (sorry if I am repeating advice already given)...Dublin, Killarney and somewhere convenient to the west/ mid west.

Making use of Shannon Airport would cut time off your travels for Kerry and Clare etc (south west.)...but I did not check your departure point.

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