My husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland during July. We have leeway time and can add / shorten locations as needed. We enjoy a variety of things such as seeing nature, doing hikes off of the beaten path, seeing forts / castles / museums, learning about the culture / history of an area, to doing the full on tourist trap; as long as there is variety, then we're good.
I would appreciate any comments on the itinerary I have so far. Also, I need help with some planning (Day 6 - 8). Let me know if I need to modify it in any place (for example, more days in one location or the drive from one place to another would be too much.) Am I missing any significant key places by not going to the east side of Ireland?
And one more question: Would it be advisable to book accomodations before coming or would I find inexpensive (about $75CAN / 50Euros) B&B's / hotels along the way? (The dilemma of not being able to find an expensive yet good place to sleep vs. the 'stuck to a schedule because you've got to be somewhere tonight.')
Day 0 ;) fly into Dublin
Day 1 & 2 Dublin
Day 3 Dublin to Belfast (via train)
Day 4 Belfast
Day 4 Giant’s Causeway (pick up rental car, day trip)
Day 5 Belfast to Sligo (or should I stay up north and drive from there?)
Day 6 Sligo to (Help?) see Cliffs of Mohr
Day 7 (Now What?)
Day 8 (Where does my day start?) To Dingle
Day 9 Dingle Loop (stay in Dingle)
Day 10 Ring of Kerry (to Kenmare)
Day 11 Kenmare to Cork
Day 12 flying out
Thank-you in advance for your help.