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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2014
what to see & do  (1 Answer)

I am a disabled lady looking for things to see & do in county clare where i can go & maybe if needed be able to use my mobility scooter. Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2014
burren flower sites  (1 Answer)

Where specifically are the best spots to photograph the flowers in the Burren?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2014
Travel to Dublin  (6 Answers)

I'm visiting Ireland for the first time with some friends. Our base will be in Ennis. I'd like to see Dublin for a day or two and was wondering what the most economical way to travel would be.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2009
Getting from Miltown to Dublin  (4 Answers)

I am getting hopelessly lost in all timetables, trying to find a way to get back to Dublin after Willie Clancy week. I have to be at Dublin airport around 10 Sunday morning. Can anyone help with advice/tip/ride? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2009
hotel in ennis, driving to miltown malbay  (6 Answers)

Hello- Because I waited too long to book, the best I could do to see some of Willie Clancy Week was to book a hotel in Ennis. We'll have a car; how awful will it be to be based that far away? What about coming back in evenings -- how late does it stay light? Are the roads particularly bad? Many thanks! We grow more excited each day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2009
Willie Clancy and Gleesons in west Coore?  (2 Answers)

Hi- I'm a music professor interested in visiting during Willie Clancy Summer School and also trying to get to Gleesons pub, which, as I understand it, is in west Coore. Can anyone give me tips on either of these? I'm guessing I should have a car. What is the closest I can reasonably hope to stay without spending a fortune>? How big an attraction is Willie Clancy?

Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2009
Walking tour of the Burren  (2 Answers)

Family of 4 wishes to take a 1/2 day walking tour of the Burren.
Just looking for some exercise,fresh air,and to learn a bit about the Burren. We are not scientists or mountain climbers. Whom would your recommend:
1. John A. Connolly of BURREN WILD WALKS
3. Shane Connolly of BURREN HILL WALKS
Thank you for your feedback

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2008
Shannon airport - lahinch?  (5 Answers)

I'm a Ireland-lover and after going to Dublin a few times I decided to go to the west. I'm going to stay (most likely) in a hostel in Lahinch. I'd like to hear your opinion on the safety in these hostels (I'm a young woman), things to do in that area (nature, history, pubs, cultural, anything will do,..) and how to get there from the airport preferably by public transport as I'm on a tight budget and can not rent a car because I don't habe a license.

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2008
Getting to Liscannor  (3 Answers)

I booked a Altantic View B&B in Liscannor.
Actually the adress says Liscannor, but information I have read on their website states that the B&B is 3 miles from Liscannor and 4 miles from Doolin, has anyone stayed there or you know where it is and how best to reach it?

I am also wondering if someone could tell me how to get there from Dublin by public transportation (bus since we will be travelling on a tight budget).

I would appreciate all the help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2006
itinerary help & festival info: Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Galway - Arran Island?  (1 Answer)


Ireland! I arrive in Shannon 1:45 p.m. Saturday, October 14.

I plan to attend a poetry festival in Limerick City the 18th & 19th or just the 19th. And I plan to attend a writers festival in Clonmel October 20, 21 and maybe the morning of the 22.

My return flight is Monday morning, from Shannon at 6:45 a.m.

I have a plane ticket and a car rental arranged.

My question/s. I have either four or five unscheduled days before the festivals, and I'd like to do the Ring of Kerry trip and maybe Galways. Also, I looking to find out if the boat to Arran Island will still be running when I am there.

First I'd like to know what kind of time I should allow. Is four days reasonable to do this? Do I need five? Is five not enough and do I need to limit my agenda, perhaps just to the Ring of Kerry?

Also, does anyone have any experience in attending Irish festivals? Do they bring crowds?

And this leads to my last question: Can I make B&B reservations as I go or do you think I need to book in advance?

Thank you for any information or suggestions or words of encouragement you may have.

Best regards,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2006
Galway, Bunratty, Aran Island + Hostels  (7 Answers)

Hi! My friends and I are going to Ireland and our itinerary includes this:

Day 1 (evening): Dinner at Bunratty Castle
Day 2: Bunratty
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Aran Islands

How does that look? Since we only have 3 full days, should we devote 2 days to Galway and skip Aran Island (I personally really wanted to see it but wasn't sure if it was realistic)? Also, we had planned on spending one night in Bunratty - does anyone know of a cheap hostel? Then we planned on staying in Galway for two nights and maybe do a day trip to the Aran Islands.

Feedback is welcome. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2006
Where to stay in County Clare  (2 Answers)

I'm hoping to go to County Clare at the end of the month with a friend but as I don't really know the area I'm unsure where's best to book some accommodation. The sort of things we'll be doing is coastal/forest walks, wildlife watching etc so anywhere that's pretty central for that would be great.

Also, what's the public transport system like in the area? Is it worthwhile hiring a car?

Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2006
Lahinch or Lehinch and how to pronounce??  (6 Answers)


is Lahinch the same as Lehinch on VT? Also how is it pronounced - La hinsh or with the ch at the end as in "ch"ess?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2006
Location recommendation for renewing vows in western Ireland  (3 Answers)


My wife and I (and 40 friends and family) are coming from the US to western Ireland in the last weekend of September to renew our wedding vows. Does anyone have suggestions for possible locations based on the following needs?

* Very green outdoors area overlooking the ocean or a lake (rain is not an issue for us)
* Within 2 hours drive of Shannon Airport. Preferably coastal county Clare or Galway
* Nearby facilities (toilets, etc)
* Dolems, castles, ruins or prehistoric sites would be great but not required (wife is Wiccan, so we aren’t looking for abbeys or churches)

Any links with pictures would be most appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2006
Looking for underage venues for 16 -18 year old(disco/club_ in Clare  (1 Answer)

I am bringing a large group of family memnbers to Co. Clare this summer including a group of young people, ages 16 - 18). Does anyone have any suggestions for fun places they might enjoy? I've heard the pubs are enforcing the age limit rule. Are there any nice discos/clubs in Kilkee, Kilrush or Ennis for wexample. Thanks a million!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2005
Has anyone been to Hunters Lodge (Pub) in New Market on Fergus?  (1 Answer)

Hi. We are heading to Claire in late December to see my husband's family. Time is very short and we are thinking of inviting his family/friends to a get together at a Pub for dinner. We got rates for Hunters Lodge in New Market. Dinner, pie and coffee is 16.50 euro per person. Does anyone know if that is a good price? Also, has anyone eaten there? The dinner is 10 euro, pie 5 euro, coffee 1.50 euro. I was thinking of asking them if we could get a cake from a bakery in town instead, does anyone know of a good bakery?

Thanks for any advice you have.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2005
Any reviews of Mt. Cashel Lodge ( cottages) six mile bridge?  (1 Answer)

Hi. I am heading to Clare in December. I am thinking of booking my family of 3 in the Mt Cashel Lodge . Has anyone stayed there? It would be a 2 bedroom cottage. The photos look nice. We are going to be visiting family in Ralaine, New Market on Fergus. We would be there over New Years. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2005
Central location for Clare and Limerick  (1 Answer)

My partner and I are planning a trip to Ireland to trace his Irish roots and to do some sightseeing. We will be travelling as far as the Cliffs of Moher, Tuamgraney and Bruff.

Looking on the map, Ennis and Newmarket on Fergus look like a good central location for visiting these three places. We would appreciate any advice on these choices and recommendations on B&Bs and guesthouses.

Bunratty is probably a good alternative as well, but we are joining a coach tour after some independent travel on our own and the coach tour will staying at Bunratty for a couple of nights. So, I thought it would be nice to try out other locations on our own.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2005
Ireland visit  (5 Answers)

We are visiting Ireland in May with escorted tour and are wondering if this is a good time to go to avoid larger crowds of other tourist

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2004
American Writer Needs Help With Accuracy...  (1 Answer)

Hi there! My name's Jaimie, and I'm writing a fantasy novel. The characters in it are backpacking through Europe. Although it's fantasy, I want to get the places, cultures, and other aspects correct. One of the important places that they are going to end up is Ballyvaughan -- more accurately, Newtown Castle. I've read on this site and on others about the castle, but they all say the same things. I was wondering if any of you have experienced it -- and the surrounding area -- personally. If you have, I would really, really appreciate it if you could tell me anything helpful. If you can help me, or want to know more about the book, please email me here: [email]. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2004
Medieva nights and pub musicl  (4 Answers)

My wife and I are coming to Ireland in early Novemeber this year...can anyone advise me the best place to attend a Medieval banquet and is there any way to findd out where the pubs are that have typical Irish music playing in them? I would appreciate any help anyone can give:)

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