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Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

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Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

We are flying in to Dublin and arrive Friday morning July 27th. We are making a last minute trip to visit my sister ( a medical student working in Dublin for the summer) and explore Ireland with her on her week off. She has an automatic honda civic we will be traveling around in . I am traveling with my son who is 9yrs old and my mother. I usually spends months planning trip details and frequenting tripadvisor, but I don't have time to do that for this trip so I'm hoping to get some advice!! :)

Here's what I'm thinking:

Day 1;

Arrive in Dublin at 8:30am, spend the day there.

Day 2;

Depart Dublin and drive south stopping in Wicklow, then on to KilKenny. Spend night in Kilkenny.

Day 3:

Drive to Waterford, then to Cork. Spend night in Cork.

Day 4:

Drive to Kerry, then to Dingle. Spend night in Dingle.

Day 5:

Drive to Clare, either stay the night in Clare or go directly to Galway and spend 3 nights there instead of 2. Advice on this?

Day 6 & 7:

Galway, spend 2 nights

Day 8:

Drive back to Dublin, spend 2 days before departing for Boston.

Okay, now for the questions....!!

1. Is this too much driving?

2. Should we cut out any of the places listed above?

3. Should we stay extra time in any of the places?

4. Am I missing any "must see" locations in Ireland?

5. Any suggestions on B&Bs for the above locations or locations central to the places we'd like to visit?

I have yet to book any rooms, so I'd like to do that asap as I know this is a popular time to travel to Ireland!!! Just having a hard time figuring out what areas of Ireland we are going to want to stay over based on our Itinerary. i am very open to suggestions.

Any help and information you can provide me is greatly appreciated!!

Thank you

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1. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

HI Nal

I look forward to some replies. I am also planning a trip for September and your route sounds very similar to what I was planning. Except I'm planning 2 days in Dublin.

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2. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

You'll be seeing Ireland mainly through the windows of a Honda. I'd suggest that you drop Waterford and Dingle (even though I am a huge Dingle fan)

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3. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

agree with soonas, to drive right down to Dingle just to spend the night there and leave in the morning seems pretty pointless. I would try to cut this down and do more two night stops, , I think to most 9 year old this would be the holiday from hell.

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4. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

Okay, after doing a video chat with my sister, we have crossed Waterford off our list. Day 3 will be just Cork.

On Day 4 we are going to choose between Kerry and Dingle. Thoughts on which one? My sister has already been to Kerry so her preference is Dingle, but she'd be open to whichever we choose.

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5. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

not sure what you mean as Kerry is a county and Dingle is a part of Kerry, you could visit Kerry without going to Dingle but not Dingle without going to Kerry....

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6. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

Are you planning to drive from Cork and do the ring of Kerry the same day or tour Dingle the same day as your trip from cork?

If so this will be a very long driving day.

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7. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

Sorry, I believe she was talking about the peninsulas? I think we will skip Wickford as well.

New itinerary with more 2 night stays:

Day 1: Dublin

Day 2: 1/2 day in Kilkenny, then on to Cork.

Overnight in Cork

Day 3&4: Drive to Killarney, stay 2 nights

Making a day trip to Dingle one of the days we are there.

Day 5: Clare, overnight

Day 6 & 7: Drive to Galway, stay 2 nights

Day 8 & 9: Dublin, stay 2 nights

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8. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

Mathlady, thank you ... I just realized we needed more time there! I think we are going to stay in Killarney so maybe one day we could do the ring of Kerry and one day visit Dingle.

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9. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

Drive the Dingle peninsular on the way to Clare. If you stay in South Clare maybe Ennis you will have more time and then drive the Clare coast for the Cliffs and Burren on the way to Galway.

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10. Re: Driving Itinerary Help!! Last minute 10day trip leaving 7/26

Thank you Tony, that sounds like a great plan! Very helpful!