Going to Ireland next week, starting in Dublin, and next going to Kilkenny (where I have been before, but needs to visit again).
Then heading by bus to Ennis. Anything interesting in between to see, and should we get accommodation somewhere before going to Ennis?
By the way; is there a really good website for online booking of BnB's (showing also the 'normal/cheaper' prices)?
You could visit the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, it's steeped in history, I think you'd be diverted a little bit south west to see it but not far. The Queen visited it when she was here.
Killaloe on the southern shore of Lough Derg, Co. Clare, the largest of the 3 main lakes on the river Shannon is a very pretty village. It has a famous song written after it, The lake itself is quite scenic, might be worth finding somewhere to stay around there. . http://discoverkillaloe.com/
It's up to you whether you want to go into Limerick City or not, despite its reputation it does have some interesting sights such as King John's Castle. North of Limerick, not far from Shannon Airport & back in Co. Clare lies Bunratty. It consists of Bunratty Castle. You can take in a banquet at night, it's a lovely experience that you'll remember when you return home.
Also there is Bunratty Folk Park. It is very much a manmade tourist attraction but it will give an idea of how Irish houses and culture evolved over the last century or two. It does some kind of evening meal & entertainment though I reckon not as posh as the banquets,
Also there is the famous pub called Durty Nellies. It's well worth stopping off there during the day, having a pint (though be careful how much you inbibe if you're driving, cause the law is very strict) and something to eat.
Bar food menu or you could try their restaurant.
A similar experience as Bunratty banquet can be had further north at Knappogue Castle in Quin, south east of Ennis and nearer the town.
A bit off the beaten track is Craggaunowen, Co Clare is a reconstruction of a typical Bronze Age settlement. It is situated near Knappogue, Quin.
http://www.stonepages.com/ireland/craggaunowen.html over 7 years ago
YHA hostels in Clare.
The Jamaica Inn, a relatively newish hostel at the village of Sixmilebridge might be on your route. It is 20km from Ennis. Good stop off point for Shannon Airport.
Websites for booking B&B's.
I'm sure you'll find a few more if you do a search.
over 7 years ago
I'm happy for all your suggestions and links provided. We'll surely try out some of your recomendations! Last time we visited beautiful Ireland, our route crossed Rock Cashel. At that time it was just me and a friend; this time we're six persons, and decisions will be a bit harder.
Thanks for your help :-)
Hansa over 7 years ago
My pleasure Hansa
Here's a link for attractions in Limerick City & the surrounding area.
Link for more daytime/nighttime visitor attractions in the area.
Oh & Adare is a very pretty village in County Limerick, has plenty of houses with thatched roofs and a hotel.
Enjoy your trip :) over 7 years ago
I would definitely recommend the banquet at Bunratty and a visit to the village and castle. There are a number of hotels nearby and lots not too far away in Limerick. There are a number of B&Bs too to choose from. I would suggest booking Bunratty in advance. If not, as Hillary has suggested the Knappogue is as good (even though a little harder to find ) but not a far drive from Ennis or Limerick.
If you can I would recommend hiring a car. It will make getting to the attractions of Limerick and nearby much easier. Also if you have some time, from Ennis I would recommend a venture out to Lahinch, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren area. There are tours you can take too http://www.burren-tours.com/ over 7 years ago
Thank you Aine. Now we're on the subject of places you can visit from Ennis, besides Aines excellent suggestion, you could head west to the pretty town of Kilrush. This is a good place to do a dolphin tour of the Shannon estuary. Further on Kilkee is a nice seaside resort very popular with locals. over 7 years ago