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Report 2056: Family Trip to London and Ireland
By L. AnnMarie from Ohio, Summer 2013
Page 4 of 4: Ireland. Kilkenny, Cobh, Dingle and Trim
Monday, June 17The Airlink bus picks us up right outside our hotel but it is packed and we are the last to fit in. We are all standing with our luggage in the aisle behind and next to the driver. The bus doesnít stop at the remainder of the stops. This would be a big problem if you are trying to catch a flight.
We go to the Hertz rental car office and get a minivan which had been reserved. For some unknown reason it takes about 30 minutes to get our van. The agents are very friendly and helpful and offered good tips and advice. We drive to Glendalough and walk around the monastic ruins and then to the Upper Lake. It is beautiful. I highly recommend taking a side trip from Dublin to see the Wicklow Mountains.
We spend the night in Kilkenny at the Zuni Hotel. The hotel is very good. We have dinner at Langdons. Service was good at the beginning but I think our server must have left because we had trouble getting help once our food arrived. Luckily, they have hurling on the TV (as we were there for quite some time).
Tuesday, June 18We walk through the Castle at Kilkenny do a bit of shopping in Kilkenny then drive on to Cashel. We have lunch at a pub in Cashel, which is average. They do a fine job getting our food to us when you take into account that they had just had twp groups of 50!
We arrive at the Elmville House in Cobh at 4:00 and are greeted at the door by our wonderful hostess, Olive. We have three rooms rented and each is great. Olive is very helpful and engaging. The breakfasts were fabulous and the house is beautiful.We have friends in Cobh who take us to see a Hurling Match which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Wednesday, June 19Spend the day visiting with friends. My husband and I make a quick trip to the Titanic Experience. It is a bit touristy. I think the best part was the room with the information panels that you could read at your own pace. It seemed quite overpriced compared to other sites we have visited in Ireland. Iím glad it was just my husband and myself, I would not have been happy to spend any more money than we did.
Thursday, June 20Drive from Cobh to Killarney where we just stop for lunch then drive on to Dingle. We have two rooms reserved at the GreenMount Inn, which is fabulous. We all loved the Inn. It is modern and has every thing you could possibly need. Very cozy public rooms and an excellent breakfast. It is just a short walk into town.
Dinner is at Ashes which is excellent. Restaurant food in a pub. Everyone loves their meal.
Friday, June 21We drive the Dingle Peninsula and it is breathtakingly beautiful. No large tour buses to deal with or crowds. Very easy to negotiate the drive and pull off and enjoy the views. So glad we decided to do Dingle instead of the Ring of Kerry. The rest of the day is spent walking around the town and relaxing.
Saturday, June 22After breakfast at the Inn we drive to Trim. It takes just about five hours. We get there in time to take a guided tour which is quite interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer in detail all our questions. We all thought it was one of the more interesting castles we visited. We were going to take it off our list but are all very glad that we saw it. We stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near the Dublin airport. It is a fine hotel. Be aware however that the free airport shuttle is often full. Be sure to tell the front desk that you will be taking the shuttle and would like to be put on the list so that they know in the morning to expect you.
The Dublin airport is a bit difficult to navigate. The signage is poor and it took us awhile to get to where we needed to be. We allowed for three hours based on previous trip reports I had read and I am glad we did. After going through the ticket line and checking your baggage you need to go to security. Then you need to go through customs and then security again. Once you get to your gate there is a very limited amount of food available so plan accordingly. We were able to get coffee and muffins. After being called to board the plane and as you walk through the walkway to the plane you need to stop again to show your passport and answer questions ó so keep those passports handy.
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