Subject: Re: Driving trip in Ireland
Hi, Pauline,

My son and I spent 29 days driving around Ireland last summer. Looking at your itinerary, it seems like a LOT of driving to me. You will be in the car most of the time. Depending on what you enjoy, I would recommend spending at least two nights in each place and do fewer places. The roads in Ireland are fine, but you won't make the kind of time you might expect - average around 35-40 miles per hour, especially in more rural areas like Dingle and Kerry. I think you'd feel very rushed and not get to see all you'd like.

If you're driving to Tralee the first day, take the ferry from Kilimer to Tarbet across the Shannon. It's lovely. I'd recommend staying in Dingle rather than Tralee. The ring of Kerry is at best a full day's drive, you'll want to stay closer than Cork after that. In Glendalough, we stayed at the Glendalough River House B and B. It was not fancy, but in a spectacular spot right on the Glendassan River and just a lovely 2 km. walk along a wooded green road to the monastic city.

If you need more info, ask away.

I hope this helps, Susan in Maryland