Hi all! My parents and I are spending 7 days in Ireland at the beginning of August. Our bare-bones itinerary is solidified at this point (as far as overnight accommodations go), but I'm trying to get an idea of how we want to actually spend the days.
Our first day there, we're getting our rental car at the Dublin airport early in the morning and are planning to overnight in Kilkenny. Then the next day we're driving to Kenmare and staying there two nights (to see Beara & Dingle peninsulas). There were a couple different routes I was thinking of taking on the first day, however. One way is to go to Rock of Cashel first, then drive to Kilkenny to explore a little, then the next day drive down either along the southern coast road on our way to overnighting in Kenmare (which I realize is out of the way, but beautiful) or possibly the land road from Cork over. Another thought I just had was to do Kilkenny, Inistioge, and maybe Jerpoint Abbey, time permitting, that first day (driving down from Dublin) and then the next day go to Rock of Cashel and take the direct road down to Kenmare. Our only "must do" the second day is getting to Kenmare by the evening. Does anyone have recommendations on which itinerary is better? Would we regret missing the scenery of the southern coast road? Are Inistioge and Jerpoint Abbey too awesome to miss?
Thoughts and recommendations appreciated. Thanks!