We are a group of 4 adults planning our first trip to Ireland. We will be going in early June 2013 flying into SNN out DUB. We will have a car rental for most of the time. Trying to keep everyone happy in a short amount of time :)
Our interests: me - ancient sites, nature - the least crowded the better
Sister - must do's : Blarney and drive by of Bono's (from U2) neighborhood
Hubby - just does not want to be in the car driving the whole time - no backtracking
Cousin- just happy to be going,as we all are!
Sun jun 1 - arrive on different flights from US. Pick up car, explore And overnight Ennis
Mon- spend whole day exploring the Burren region. Any suggestions on short <3 miles hike? Overnight Doolin
Tues- explore Cliffs Moher then likely down coast to Kilkee, ferry over the Shannon. Overnight B&B in Castlemaine. I understand there is not a lot of action in Castlemaine, but we don't mind that....I assume there is at least one place to eat;)
Wed- whole day on Dingle peninsula, doing the slea head drive, then seeing a bit of the town. Overnight Castlemaine again
Th- explore Killarney Nat Park and a little of the town. Late afternoon drive to Blarney and overnight there at castle hotel
Fri- first thing in am Kiss the stone and explore the gardens, drive to Rock of Cashel and explore for a bit, then on to Dublin to ditch the rental car. Is this day doable?
Sat- guided tour Wild Wicklow tour to Glendalough . Would like to have guided tour for this one
Sun- some fly home, rest tour Dublin and surrounding areas by guided tour or public transport for a couple of days
Dublin- is Ballsbridge area good for tourists? I have read not to stay in Temple Bar. We don't mind a little bit of walking, or taking the bus,but don't want to spend too much time "commuting".
Thank you in advance for any comments!
We are trying to see a lot, without spending the whole time in the car. Hopefully this itinerary hits some of the highlights, and allows time for unplanned surprises!