Hello Again, All!
Thank you all so much for your feedback on my recent posts to the forum regarding our trip in July. Based on your advice, we've expanded our days! We'll now be there from the 6th through the 17th.
Below is our plan - are we doing too much? Are we crazy? What should we cut? At this point, we don't want to add anything. The only thing we can't change is the trip to Killarney, where my cousins live. In earlier posts, I thought they lived in Cork. OOPS! Needless to say, we'll be skipping Cork and going to Killarney!
We are planning on renting a car for the duration of our trip, but I am happy to take the train (my husband, however, would prefer to drive).
Arrive Dublin 5:20am Thursday July 7th
7-7 to 7-9 (Thurs-Sat) - explore Dublin and drink Guinness (!)
7-9 (Sat) - Drive to Kilkenny for the Smithwick's factory
7-9 (Sat) - Evening drive to Cashel and spend the night
7-10 (Sun) - Explore Rock of Cashel, Cashel town
7-10 (Sun) - Evening drive to Killarney to visit cousins
7-10 to 7-13 (Sun evening-Wed evening) - Visit cousins and family farm
7-13 (Wed) - Evening drive to Dingle
7-14 (Thurs) - Ride a horse on the beach!
7-14 (Thurs) - Evening drive to Doolin for Cliffs of Moher
7-15 (Fri) - Visit Cliffs of Moher
7-16 (Sat) - Drive/Train back to Dublin, probably from Galway?
Saturday night in Dublin
Sunday - fly home :-(
I have a few concerns with this:
1. I'm not sure we should be driving on the rural roads after dark
2. If we can't/shouldn't drive in the evening, that limits what we can do for sight seeing, right?
3. Should we skip something? Cliffs of Moher? Cashel? Thoughts?
4. Everyone says (ok...guidebooks and Trip Advisor!) that the Dingle Peninsula is AMAZING - and that's where the horses are. Should we just skip the Cliffs of Moher and head back to Dublin from Dingle? I think there might be a train that we can take from Kilkenny back to Dublin. Should we be considering this?
THANK YOU ALL for your help - we are indebted to you! :-)