An October 2006 trip
to Ireland by lizzers
Quote: For starters, don't do Ireland in 5 days. It deserves much more time. However, if you are short on time, here are some tips...
Killarney nightlife was considerably more lively than Doolin and there are plenty of bars and pubs to choose from.The exciting Killarney nightlife caused us to oversleep the next morning so we caught a 10am bus to Cork and arrived there again around mid day. There is NOTHING in the immediate area of Cork, so rather than go everywhere by bus, we opted to rent a car (europcar had the best deals by a long shot). After enjoying the Cork city center all afternoon, we drove to the coastal town of Cobh for a relaxing night at a wonderfully affordable and accomodating hotel. There is much to do around Cork and Cobh and I wish we had had more time there. The next morning we drove to Dublin, which took about 3.5 hours. It was an easy drive, very scenic, and so much better than being stuck on a bus. Dublin was terrific. Temple bar is about 3 blocks of bars, pubs, restaurants, and shops. It is all tourists, so you don't get to hang with the locals. Be wary of where you stay. We stayed at a "B and B" next to the busiest bar in the area, but it was actually a hostel, and the wall of our room was the wall of the beer garden next door. Needless to say, I, along with my 10 new roommates, didn't get to sleep until 3am.On our last day, we flew back to the west coast and spent it in Bunratty. Bunratty is a quaint little historic town and is definately worth going to, but only for a day. I think you quickly run out of things to do. Definately eat at the Creamery Bar, which is just down the road from Bunratty Castle.
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