finally just booked the last place for our easter week vacation with the help of everyone on here. Figured i would share the final itinerary and see what your comments are and any tweaks or other things we should try to see. Ill put an idea of what we are looking to check out in each area. thanks for all your help!!
ps- this trip will be me and my girlfriend.
day 1 - march 28th - fly out of new york at 9pm
day 2 - march 29th(good friday) - arrive in dubline at 815am, pick up rental car, drive to see new grange, from there drive to belfast. Booked the benedicts hotel for a night (things we want to see: titanic exhibition, black taxi cab, pubs)
day 3 - march 30 - booked cul erg B & B in portstewart for two nights - head up there via the antrim coast road leaisurely drive stopping along way for any sites that are there. ((things we want to see: causeway, rope bridge, dunluce castle, portbradden, bushmills tour, bushmills inn)
day 4 - still in portstewart - check out anything we didn't get to see day before was thinking maybe save bushmills tour for this day and take cab there if possible so can enjoy the tour and drink and get lunch or dinner in bushmills inn which i heard is nice. also may go hang in derry in the morning and walk walls
day 5 - leave portstewart to visit my girlfriends cousin in lifford, stop in derry along way if we haven't checked it out yet. hang with her cousin for however long and then booked markree castle for the night to break up the trip. should we hang out in sligo at all? also is slieve league cliffs a far drive from lifford? then would it be a trek from there to markree castle?
day 6- head to ashford castle - wanted to stay two nights in ashford but figured drive to lifford and possibility of stop in derry along way would make too much driving and kind of a waste of money to arrive at ashford late right? i would love to do the falconery walk there and we have dinner booked in the fancy dining room. They will give you a jacket right? i don't feel like packing one really.
day 7- booked the nile lodge b & b for two nights in galway - things we would like to see - mostly figured just hanging out in the city and relaxing but would like to see cliffs of more and if weather is nice take ferry to the islands for a day trip.
day 8 - galway
day 9 - drive to dublin checkin or leave bags with kelly's hotel and drop car off in city centre or do you think it is better off to drop off car at airport, i figured city centre to be easier and then just check out things from there ((things we want to see: jameson distillery (her co-workers got us tickets for christmas which was nice of them), guiness storehouse, trinity college, book of kels, the prison, pubs pubs and more pubs lol
day 10 - pubs pubs pubs lol and anything else you guys have in mind. do you think one of those musical pub tours is worth it?
day 11 - check out of hotel - and our flight leaves at 11am or so :-(
a few last questions, will there be any sporting events near any of our stays i wonder?
are there any trad concerts around that time that we may be able to check out?
thanks for all your help again and welcome all comments, advice or tweaks. Can't wait for this trip!!