Hi all, after much help from various folks on Tripadvisor, tons of reading, and much negotiating with the fam, I’ve got a tentative itinerary.
A bit about us: we’ll be traveling beginning July 3 this summer. We are a family of six (two grown and married daughters with their DHs – one lives in Madrid, the other in Edinburgh) and us, the old parents (early 60’s, but Bob/Dad has early onset Alzheimer’s and so we can’t travel too fast or too exhaustingly).
That’s my one concern about the trip. However, I don’t expect to get back to the Emerald Isle, so I’d love your comments about what I’ve got planned. I’ve had to eliminate some widely acclaimed spots (especially down in the Kerry/Dingle area) but that’s the curse of limited money and time.
Your responses will be oh so appreciated.
Ireland Itinerary (10 days/11 nights)
Day #1 – Fly into Belfast late afternoon (2 nights)
Day #2 – around Belfast (including a black cab tour)
Day #3 – leisurely coastal trek up north and west to B&B near Giants Causeway (2 nts)
- Bushmills Distillery
Day #4 – Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle
Day #5 – drive to east of Donegal town to our B&B (2 nts)
- En route stop in London/Derry and Grianan of Aileach
- Enjoy the beauty through the Barnesmore Gap
Day #6 – Slieve League and environs / hopefully a boat trip with Paddy
Day #7 – head south to Galway City (3 nts)
- through Sligo and Castlebar (visit the Museum of Country Life)
Day #8 – boat trip to Inishmore
Day #9 – enjoy Galway, do a bit of shopping, maybe see The Burren
Day #10 – drive to Malahide (north of Dublin) (2 nts)
- have a look see at St. Michan’s and supper in Dublin
Day #11 – St. Oliver’s head in Drogheda, Newgrange (be there by 9:30),
- Trim Castle if we’re not totally worn down
- Dinner in Malahide for our last family evening together
Day #12 – head home … sadly and sigh.