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a VirtualTourist member asked on May 30, 2014


traveling from Cliffs of Moher to Dingle

i am having a terrible time getting an answer on best route to take when....arriving in Shannon at 6am would like to see the Cliffs of Moher and then travel to Dingle for the first night in hotel. Is there a better route to take that is safe and direct and if there is anything we should see along the way

7 Answers

answered on 5/30/14 by
a VT member from Cypress

We drove from the Cliffs of Moher then headed North and it was QUITE the drive. One of the more difficult to drive. I would just be prepared for small streets, many sharp curves and know this in advance. The scenery around the area was beautiful though!

Drive when you're ready to concentrate (not tired) or find a hotel near by for the night and get a fresh start in the morning. There were few roads available in this area but Cliffs of Moher is NOT to be missed at any cost!

answered on 5/31/14 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

The thing is, is that from Shannon you are then heading NW to the cliffs and then have to virtually repass Shannon on your way to Dingle. Total distance is about 300 kms. You have enough time without rushing and the road is pretty good from around Limerick to Dingle, even though you have to a do double dirive on the same roads from Shannon to the cliffs and back.

answered on 5/31/14 by
a VT member

thanks for the reply we have heard horror stories about arriving in shannon and going to the cliffs and then to the hotel in husband will drive and i just don't know if we should cross over on the tarbert ferry to save a bit of time or do the tunnel thru limerick?

answered on 5/31/14 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

The last time that this question came up, Tony2phones, a VT member in Ireland suggested that it takes less time to go through the tunnel at Limerick than taking the ferry, although it's a bit longer by road. I've done the ferry at Tarbet and the roads up to the cliffs on that side are not easy at all. I'd go with Tony's advice on this.

answered on 5/31/14 by
a VT member from County Galway

Tony has also advised on another Forum that 6+ hours off a transatlantic is not the greatest way to start a vacation.. Do Not take the roads down below Ennistymon to the ferry scenic in this case = senseless.. There is good reason why extra miles take less time..

Driving from the Cliffs to Dingle doing the usual tourist triangle so Doolin (going there tomorrow for a couple of hours) to Dingle is fine ... After a nights sleep.. Not after a minimum of 7 hours? Pre Shannon travelling, (assuming you are on the doorstep of the departure airport..

Either forget the Cliffs or Forget Dingle... I t matters not how many forums you ask on, the advice should from anyone with any knowledge should be, don't do it..

Of course if you ask on TA Forum you might be told its a great idea (Where Dingle is the centre of the known universe) and not to listen to tony2phones because he hates Dingle.. which is true about the town, not about the Peninsula..

Answers on Fodors Includes additional information that there are also a 13 & 16 year old tagging allong in the back of the rental..

Forget Dingle night 1.. Stay in Ennis night 1 and drive round Dingle on the way to Kinsale on Day 2. Heck stay in Doolin night 1??

answered on 5/31/14 by
a VT member

Thanks you have made the most sense. Our son is 17 and a history buff he has made up most of the stops and mom n papa are along for the ride. I've read other posts and thought maybe he knows best thanks for the tips

answered on 6/15/14 by
a VT member

The drive can't be any worse than the drive to Hanna in Maui 40 miles of single lane curves.

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