My family is heading to Ireland for a first overseas trip in just over a week to celebrate the college graduation of my son and high school graduation of my daughter. This is a synopsis of our plans. I have been pouring over the forums to make my plans and sure would appreciate some feedback. I know many people will think it's too much driving but each destination is around 3 hours and for us that is not unbearable.
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin at 5:25 am from Boston. Transportation by taxi to The Shelbourne where we will stay for 2 nights. We will drop off our luggage and spend the day in Dublin. Does the HoHo bus sound like a good idea for that first day? We can get a good feeling for Dublin with a definite hop off at Guiness for my son.
Day 2 Walking tour of Dublin. We would like some restaurant suggestions. A friend recommended Gogarty's.
Day 3 Train to Cork to pick up rental car from Dan Dooley.
Transportation to get rental car?
Walking tour of University of Cork for my soon to be college student. She's thinking of studying in Ireland.
Then a stop at Blarney Castle before heading to the Carrig Country House near Killorgin for three nights.
Day 4 Killarney National Park for an easy hike. Gap of Dunloe by Jarvey. Horseback riding on beach in Glenbeigh.
Day 5 The Dingle Pennisula will follow suggestions on forums for route and stops.
Day 6 To Doolin via ferry in Tarbert. Perhaps a stop in Kilkee to do the cliff walk. Cliffs of Moher. Night at Ballinalacken Castle. O'Connor's Pub sounds like the best choice of travelers for my music lovers.
Day 7 Spend several hours exploring the Burren. Perhaps a guided walk. Suggestions? Drive later in day to Markree Castle near Sligo for 3 nights.
Day 8 and Day 9 explore Sligo area - Glencar Waterfall, Parke's Castle, Strandhill, Carowmore or Carrowkeel, Marble Arch Caves.
Day 10 Drive to Giants Causeway via Derry with a walk around the city wall. Overnight at Bengore House.
Day 11 Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge (may do on day 10) Drive to Dublin via the Glens of Antrim. Overnight at Ashbourne Marriott .
Day 12 flight out from Dublin at 2 pm. We need a little something to do this last morning. We could stay somewhere farther north Friday night if anyone has any ideas.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.