Where are you flying in and out of?
What are your interests?
Will you be hiring a car or using public transport?
At the moment its difficult to forecast the weather for the end of the week, let alone the end of September. It might be wet, it might be dry. It might be sunny, it might be overcast. It might be windy, it might be calm. Temperatures will PROBABLY range from about 10C to 15C.
We are doing 8 days and June..;-) all reservations are made.
We did 8 nights in Ireland last week. Flew into Dublin arrived at 6Am, received rental car and headed south to Kilkenny for one night, Kenmare one night, Dingle two nights, Galway two nights, drop car back at car rental in Dublin and stay in Dublin for two nights. Going to try to write up the whole trip and what worked well and what didnt. Most of it worked well by the way... best trip ever!
OH please write up a report! That's exactly what we want to do the end of September. We're thinking 2 nights in Dublin at the start (with a half day spent on tour at Wicklow, Glendalough), then Kilkenny, then Killarney, Dingle and Galway, then back to Dublin for a night. Or maybe the reverse order! Did you like having 2 nights in Dingle? Did you see anything of Killarney national park? Was the drive from Dingle to Galway a really long day (with the Cliffs included?)
Can't wait to hear more.
obsession I sent you a private message..;_) May be a while for my wirite up but can message you tons of good tips!
"OH please write up a report! That's exactly what we want to do the end of September. We're thinking 2 nights in Dublin at the start (with a half day spent on tour at Wicklow, Glendalough), then Kilkenny, then Killarney, Dingle and Galway, then back to Dublin for a night. Or maybe the reverse order! Did you like having 2 nights in Dingle? Did you see anything of Killarney national park? Was the drive from Dingle to Galway a really long day (with the Cliffs included?) "
Above quoted is essentially a trip I've made repeatedly before and generally repeating along with more this year. I'd suggest Wicklow, Glendalough gets its own day. Here's another's perspective if it helps. I'd do Killarney National Park and Ring of Kerry each for a day (on TA and all over the internet what's core there is well laid out. In the choice of towns, I'd pick almost anywhere over highly touristy bus laden trinket town Killarney, e.g. Kenmare/Killorglin/Kells shore.
I would, if we're talking roughly a week in Ireland, save Galway for another trip getting me a second day around the Dingle peninsula, and, using a slightly off the beaten track coastal b&b do the area around Cliffs of Moher and Burren (if possible for two nights as well) with about half a dozen great smaller villages in the area offering much to see and do. I would absolutely not return to Dublin, but depart from Shannon, saving precious time and needless car travel. All these options are easily clarified using TA's vast "library" info and the larger internet, followed by travel books and YouTube.
Seeing less well is preferable to touching too much and missing out on a primary element in Irish travel, space to enjoy the locals and relax a bit here or there as will seem altogether fitting in the moment. To achieve what I've written, I'd consider chopping a Dublin day or adding a bit of time to my vacation as a preference, but everything's of course, subjective.Edited: 21 June 2013, 16:28
Thanks for your advice! The flights in and out of Dublin are booked, so I'm stuck with what I have, but we wouldn't have to leave the west coast until mid-afternoon on Saturday, get to Dublin dinner time to drop off the car and check into a hotel. Our flight is at 10 a.m. Sunday. I am regretting having to spend 3 nights out of 8 in Dublin but oh well. Next time we'll fly in and out of Shannon!
I feel that Ring of Kerry could be dropped in lieu of the national park and Dingle. Right now: 2 nights Dublin (includes Wicklow/Glendalough), I night Kilkenny, 1 night Killarney area (a town nearby), 1 night Dingle, 1 night Doolin, 1 night Galway, 1 night Dublin. I know that many posters will recommend 2 nights somewhere . . . so hard to do with so much to see!
I said a half day to Wicklow amd Glendalough because it seems the tours I looked at were about 5 hours? We thought we'd do a tour this day to combat jet lag before retrieving the car. Maybe we should bag the second night Dublin, head out on Sunday on our own in a car for Wickow and Glendaloough and get to Kilkenny a night earlier? That would buy us an extra night on the west side somewhere.