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Here is a first-draft of our itinerary... we plan on renting a car and driving everywhere, outside of Dublin. Toward the end, we lost steam and need to decide between Dingle/Ring of Kerry or Cork... any and all suggestions, as well as good B&Bs to stay would be much appreciated.

Arrive in Dublin Weds, 5/2 at 9:30am

Trinity College

Christ Church Cathedral

Thurs, 5/3

Guinness tour

Fri, 5/4 head north

Bru na Boinne (45 min drive)- spend half day, lunch

Mellifont Abbey (15 min drive)

Belfast (1.5 hr drive)- dinner

Sleep in Belfast

Sat, 5/5 in Belfast

Black taxi tour of the West Belfast murals

Ulster Museum

Sleep in Belfast

Sun, 5/6 drive to Bushmill (1.5 hr drive)

Giant’s Causeway- take Shepherd’s Steps, spend ~1.5 hrs

?Bushmills Distillery

Lunch where?

Drive to Derry (1.5 hr drive)

Sleep in Derry

Mon, 5/7

Tower Museum

Drive to Donegal Town (1 hr drive)- Donegal Castle

Drive to Sligo (1 hr drive)

Sleep in Sligo

Tues, 5/8

Sligo County Museum

Drive to Connemara (2 hrs drive)- lunch, Connemara National Park

Drive Sky Road

Sleep in Cliffden

Weds, 5/9 drive to Galway (1.5 hr drive)

Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra

Hall of the Red Earl

Spanish Arch and Medieval Walls

Sleep in Galway

Thurs, 5/10 drive toward The Burren (30 mins)- walk around

Drive to Cliffs of Moher (1 hr)- lunch, spend 1-2 hrs

Sleep in Doolin

Fri, 5/11 drive to Cork (2 hrs 30 mins)

Do stuff

Sleep in Cork

Sat, 5/12

Drive to Rock of Cashel (1 hr)

Drive to Dublin (1 hr 45 mins)

Sleep in Dublin

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1. Re: Comments on our itinerary

You are focussing on travelling between the larger towns and cities and in some places missing out on far more scenic routes. Between Derry and Donegal, I'd look at looping north in Donegal after Letterkenny via Glenveagh National Park, then heading west towards Gweedore and then south to Donegal Town - a longer but far more scenic route.

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Thursday 10 May

There's alot to see in the Burren - but it's quite a large area to simply "walk around" unless you're planning to take a guided walk?

This one comes highly recommended by Bryno, de for Cork:

http://homepage.eircom.net/~burrenhillwalks/

This is a route from Galway to Doolin which takes in some interesting places; it should take you most of the day, with a final stop at the Cliffs of Moher late afternoon, before driving a few miles north to Doolin:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19662-Galway…

Doolin is a very popular destination for tourists, yet it is just a small village with a couple of shops plus guest houses, b&bs and several pubs strung out along a couple of roads. So, nothing to "see" in the village, but it does make a convenient base when travelling south from Galway. I prefer the Roadford end of the village, which is where you'll find McGann's and McDermotts pubs. Both serve decent pub food, and you should find music in one of them:

http://www.mcdermottspubdoolin.com/

http://www.mcgannspubdoolin.com/

This b&b with restaurant has good reviews:

http://www.roadfordrestaurant.com/

Doolin Map:

irelands-directory.com/Clare/Doolin/maps.html

I don't think you have time for Dingle or Ring of Kerry on your current itinerary; it's half a day's journey from west Clare (Doolin) to Dingle or Ring of Kerry, and then you need a full day to explore either location, ie 2-night stop in Dingle or Killarney/Kenmare.

You need to check some of those drive-times, as they're not very accurate (google maps, possibly??). For example, Galway to Kinvara, which is on the edge of the Burren will take around 1hr (36km); Doolin to Cork is around 175km and will take over 3hrs.

AA RoutePlanner is the preferred tool for plotting routes, gauging distance - but we recommend you add a further 20% to the quoted drive times to allow for driving on unfamiliar roads and possible delays:

http://www2.aaireland.ie/routes_beta/

It's a very busy itinerary: all the way round the Island in less than 14 days. The majority of us usually recommend visiting either "top half" or "bottom half" of the Island in 2 weeks, drawing a line west/east from Galway to Dublin.

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Doolin to Cork in 2.5 hours is way off the mark.

My advice would be to drop Cork and stay in Limerick before returning to Dublin via Cashel. Resist the temptation of including the Dingle Peninsula or the Ring of Kerry. Less is more

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As above.I would cut the line at the Shannon. By going round from the North you are visiting some of the best less tourified areas and have a fairly good itinerary worked out for the route. It is a lot easier to say go here, go there, than to actually do it on the ground. As a road trip which this basically is then getting from one point to another is as straight a line as possible, but do take your time and enjoy what you do get to see/do.

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i agree with the other posters....cut something if you can because this is too much moving around and too little "seeing".....your driving times are very optimistic and unrealistic...

as soonas said, less is more when in ireland.....

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6. Re: Comments on our itinerary

I think your phrase you used - 'towards the end we lost steam' will be repeated often upon your return if you stick to such a plan. Add your Cork night to Clifden for more time in Connemara and head to Dublin from Doolin. Give your self and extra night in Doolin too if you can take one away from Dublin at the end. Perhaps a boat trip out to one of the Aran islands for a night if you can take that night away from Dublin.

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Do you mean the Ulster Museum in Belfast or do you mean the Titanic Experience? Nothing wrong with the Ulster Museum but wouldn't be on normal tourist trail if people have very limited time. And I would have a walk around the city centre - City Hall with its Titanic memorial garden etc.

For your drive from Belfast to Bushmills - 1.5 hours. No - this is the time for the inland drive (M2). Unless it is a horrible wet day, you want to do the scenic Causeway Coastal Route - you would be missing out if you didn't do this IMHO. This would add up to another hour to your journey but is a lovely drive.

Lunch could even just be at the Causeway - the Nook is fine for lunches etc. Make sure you at the very least include a photo stop of Dunluce Castle which is en route between Bushmills and Portrush. It is worth actually going round the ruins and learning something of its very interesting history as well as seeing the views from inside. Then from Portrush if you are getting to late afternoon, you can just follow signs for Coleraine and onto Derry.

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