So we are planning to go to Ireland at the end of the summer, and have the usual questions. I am thinking about the following itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive Dublin and overnight
2 get car and drive to Kilkenny
3, 4 Kinsale
5, 6 County Kerry, Killarney or Kenmare
6, 7 County Clare
8, 9 County Galway/Mayo
Day 10 Flight out of Shannon
My wife wants to stay in some castles while we are there, I was thinking maybe Dromoland and Ballynahinch. We will be traveling with our 12 year old daughter, she has been a pretty game traveler the last couple of years. Did really well on our trip to Greece last summer, but then we did only Athens and 2 islands. So I am a little concerned that we will be doing too much driving, especially if we try and do both the ROK and Dingle Peninsula while we are in County Kerry. Also a lot of checking in and out of hotels. As people have said, I do not want to see Ireland through my car windshield, and I would like to have time to do some hikes around all the beautiful countryside we will be visiting.
How long would it take us to drive from Ballynahinch to Shannon Airport on Day 10?
Going from the airport into Dublin and back out to the airport the next day to pick up the car also seems like high stress.
Any suggestions on how modify the trip? The route is fairly standard I understand, short of skipping the Connemara (which I would rather not do), I am not sure how to make the trip more relaxed. The only other idea I had was to add a second day in Dublin at the beginning to make the arrival more low key. Also, should I spend a third day in County Kerry, instead of elsewhere?Edited: 23 February 2010, 03:20