After the excitement of planning a 5 week trip to the States this year, next year's plan is a lot tamer. I'm planning a 10 day tour of the west of Ireland. I spent a weekend in Dingle earlier this year, and realised I hadn't been further north on that side of the country than Killarney, so I'm going to rectify that. I've got a few other things planned for next year, so I'm limited to just 10 days, but I think that should do to see the highlights anyway. Here's my plan.
d1 Cork to Killarney: I live in Cork, so will leave early enough in the morning to get down and do the NP and a few sights along the Ring (I'm not planning on doing the whole Ring this time)
d2 Killarney to Dingle: I've got family in the Dingle area, so if it ever gets out I spent time in Killarney and didn't come to see them, my a** will be gra**. I'll do Slea Head and the peninsula and stay the night in Dingle.
d3 Dingle to Ennis: Via the cliffs of Moher, amongst others
d4 Ennis to Galway: Via the Burren, amongst others
d5 Galway Loop: Roundstone, Connemara NP, Maam Cross, etc
d6 Galway to Aran Islands to Westport: A day on the island, and then drive to Westport
d7 Westport to Sligo: Via Achill Island
d8 Sligo to Athlone: Probably not the most interesting drive, but I'm now heading back home, and don't want to retrace steps. Open to alternatives here. Thought driving along the Shannon might be nice.
d9 Athlone to Limerick: Have friends in Limerick, which despite being less than 100km up the road, I've never visited
d10 Limerick to Cork: Home again, home again.
Time of year isn't set yet, but probably late April, at this point.
I'm open to critiques. I'm planning on using this trip much the same way as I used my US trip - to find some places I'd like to visit again and for longer.