We plan to fly from Seattle to Ireland (Shannon or Dublin) on Sept 8, and spend a little over two weeks in the country. Questions:
1. Driving time/distance from Dublin to Kerry and to Donegal?
2. Driving time/distance from Shannon AP to Kerry and to Donegal?
3. Is it "best" to fly into/out of Dublin or Shannon? We plan to rent a cottage in the Ring of Kerry area for a week, another cottage in the Donegal area for a week, and then use B&Bs for the last few days. The order in which we visit the south and the north is not important. Any suggestions are most welcome. Thank you!
I am wondering how long it would take to drive from Dublin-Donegal.
Thanks in advance
It takes 3 1/2 hours on the bus
so driving should take about the same time
The road network to Donegal continues to be improved. If coming to or via Letterkenny i.e. North Donegal there are two main options leaving Dublin.
1. Follow the N2 out of Dublin. There is a new dual carriageway as far as Ashbourne, and new by-passes around Carrickmacross and Monaghan have cut journey times significantly. There is a also a by-pass planned for the town of Castleblaney. From Aughnacloy follow the A5 to Strabane via Omagh, and then take the N14 to Letterkenny. This journey takes about three hours at off-peak periods.
2. Take the M1 Belfast Road. Take the turn for Ardee N33, which is after the toll-bridge Toll for cars: 1.60. Then follow the N2 as far as Aughnacloy and from there the route is the same as above.
3. A variation of the M1 route is to continue on the motorway as far as Newry. Then take the turn for Armagh and continue through Armagh into Aughnacloy. Then follow the A5 as in 1. above.
If coming to Donegal Town or the south of the county there is really just one option:
1. Take the N3 from Blachardstown, via Navan and Cavan. Once you cross the border you are on the A509. Continue as far as Enniskillen, then follow the signs for Donegal A46. This will take you as far as Ballyshannon. From here you can go north to Donegal Town N15 and the southwest of the county, or go south to Bundoran.
2. If going to Bundoran you can also take the N4 via Sligo and from Sligo continue north to Bundoran.
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