Hi! Family of 3 (60s, 50s and teenage daughter) - Our 1st trip to Ireland from May 27th to June 7th.
Could someone pls. give us suggestions so we can plan our self-drive tour of Northwestern, Western - Southwestern Ireland? Possibly Dublin too.
Day 1- arriving Shannon, pick up car rental and drive to Knock. We wish to make church services there at 3 pm; arriving Shannon at 8 am -- will we make it on time? If we plan a lunch stop enroute, any suggestions where? Would you suggest overnight stay in Knock or somewhere else along our itinerary?
Day 2 - Plan to head to Donegal (by way of Sligo or any other suggested picturesque, interesting place/drive)
Day 3 - Still Donegal area. Any suggestions pls?
Day 4 & 5 - Would like to see Connemara area. Use Clifden or Westport as base? Open to suggestions.
Day 6 - Galway area, Aran Islands, etc. Where to stay overnight, enroute to Killarney?
Day 7, 8,9 - 3 nights at Killarney as base, to explore Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Bunrutty Castle, etc -- "must see' touristy stuff. Can we do a day trip to the Blarney Stone from here?
Day 10 & 11 - Transfer to Dublin and back to Shannon late evening. Can we turn in rental car and take train from Killarney instead?
Day 12 - Depart Shannon for US
Are our plans too ambitious? My husband has never driven on left hand side of rode on any stick shift European car, so I am quite concerned about plan to drive to Knock after a long transatlantic flight. We can skip Dublin if pressed for time. We actually prefer the countryside to cities.
We are open to staying in B&Bs as that is perhaps more economical. We are very open to a slow pace, outdoors, local experience.
Any help/feedback is very much appreciated!