Hello everyone. My wife and I are planning a trip in late May to Scotland and Ireland. They have both been a dream for us to travel to and we can't wait. I've read a lot of posts stating that one should pick Ireland or Scotland, but we would love to give both a try so please tell us if our itinerary is too cumbersome or rushed to do so.
The purpose of our trip is to avoid big cities as much as possible, and enjoy small towns and the beautiful countryside via a rental car. We do not want to feel rushed, and want a good pace to see everything and take it all in. Here's what I have so far and thank you in advance for the help.
5/27: Arrive in Aberdeen and pick up rental car. (we picked this city so we could go from north to south for time's sake. Seeing the highlands is our priority in Scotland). Stay overnight
5/28: Drive to Iverness and see Loch Ness. Stay overnight around here
5/29: Drive to Portree, see the isle of skye. Stay overnight in Portree
5/30: See more Isle of Skye if we feel the need to. Drive to Ft. William and stay here overnight.
5/31: Drive to Edinburgh and spend the rest of the day here. Stay overnight in Edinburgh.
6/1: Fly from Edinburgh to Dublin, and pick up new rental car. (I would love to fly to Belfast to save time as we don't really desire to see Dublin at this point, but we will be flying out from Cork and the drop fee is outrageous if we got our car from Belfast.) Drive from Dublin to Belfast, see Titanic Exhibit and walk Granite Mile. Stay overnight in Belfast
6/2: Drive Belfast to Giant's Causeway. Stay overnight
6/3: Drive Giant's Causeway to Galway. Stop to see Cliffs of Moher on the way
6/4: Spend the day in Galway?
6/5: Drive from Galway to Cashel and stay overnight
6/6: Drive from Cashel to Killarney and stay overnight
6/7: Drive the Ring of Kerry and stay overnight again in Killarney
6/8: Drive to Cork and see Blarney Castle. Stay overnight
6/9: Fly home out of Cork
I haven't booked any flights yet, so that is flexible for any suggestions. Again, we just want to relax and enjoy some of nature's beauty. We have done big city vacations for the past three years and are ready for something slower paced and less stressful.
If we could fit more two night stays in I would love to, but don't see how I can. If we do, which cities would you suggest to stay two nights in?
Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks again!