My husband and I have been drafting an itinerary for our trip to Ireland and have come to realize there is just so much to see with so little time. We don't want to rush around too much, yet we do want to see what we can while we are there. I have come up with this tentative itinerary, but would appreciate feedback. Flights are booked and we will rent a car.
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, travel to Galway
Day 2: Galway
Day 3: Connemara then on to Ballyvaughn/Lisoonvarna/Doolin - is visiting Connemara worth the time on this short trip? Is driving to Doolin area too far with a trip through Connemara?
Day 4: Cliffs of Mohr, Kilkee, Tralee to Dingle (ferry at Killimer)
Day 5: Dingle Peninsula, stay in Dingle again
Day 6: Ring of Kerry? Ring of Beara? Will we see much of the same scenery as the Dingle Peninsula, or worth a trip to one of these? Possible to do one of these then on to Kinsale? This day is our anniversary, would like to stay somewhere nice.
Day 7: Kinsale though Cork, Cahir and Cashel (side trip to Kilkenny?) or up to Glendalough?
Day 8: Dublin
Day 9: Dublin
Day 10: Dublin (and surrounds - Malahide? Howth?
Day 11: fly home
Our biggest question right now seems to be whether to do any/some/all of Connemara, RoK and RoB. We don't want to feel rushed trying to do too much, only to find that the scenery, although beautiful, is something we've seen in a different area. I don't want to sacrifice staying in one place and enjoying the atmosphere and local charm only to rush around then wish we had stayed put!
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!