This will be our first trip to Ireland. There are four of us and we are doing a self-drive trip. I have read alot of helpful things on here, but have not gathered enough to tell if our itinerary is well put together. I am going to post a draft that I hope someone who knows and has a better understanding of the area can help me with and also, others looking to visit Ireland might be able to benefit from. I just included stops and driving times. I do have some knowledge of what to do or look for in each town.
First draft of itinerary
9th- Fly out of PIT get to Dublin on 10th.
10th- After landing we will spend the day getting rental car, checking in, and exploring near our hotel.
11th- Wake up and head south driving N11 down the coastline in to Waterford or Kilkenny. (thought I was set on Waterford, but after reading post rethinking and considering Kilkenny) I mapped this and it is longer than taking N81, but more sights. Without stopping N11 will take approx 2 1/2? We of coarse are planning on making stops which will take longer. Spend evening checking out the town.
12th- Wake up and doing anything we did not get to in Waterford or Kilkenny on the day before. Then we are heading to Cork using N25. Mapped out to 1 1/2 hours w/o stops. Spend evening in Cork
13th- All day and night in Cork ( I figured we would be ready for a 2 night stop by this point. Wished I had one extra day to throw in kerry because it gets the most attention on here and appears to be beautiful. Due to wanting to be in dublin by the night of the 16th, it looks like we will have to miss it. Although, I did consider not booking a place to stay this night and winging it. This way we could stay again in Cork if we wanted or if we felt satisfied with everything we saw there, then we could move on North and drive until we find some place interesting.
14th- Heading north to Galway hopefully getting there around 4-5. I have read traffic in Lemerick is SLOW and considered making Cork one night and driving half way in to Limerick or Clare ( as mentioned above), but I'm thinking a 2 night stay would benefit us after driving the previous days. Cork to Galway mapped out to about 3 hours. Unsure if this is accurate...any input??
15th- All day and night Galway and surrounding areas
16th- Heading to Dublin for St. Patricks day weekend. Spending evening around Dublin and surrounding areas. Mapped this drive at around 3 hrs. Sound right?
17th- All day Dublin
18th- Flight home.
Thanks in advance for anyone who reviews our itinerary. I think I spaced our stops out enough and mapped out routes that will allow us to stop at attractions we are interested in without feeling completely on a rushed timeline. Any input would be greatly appricated.
I read that we should check in with the US embassy upon arrival, is this true? Also, I am usure where the exchange of money takes place.