Hi, all! I'm excited to be returning to Ireland soon, and this time with a friend who has never been but has dreamed of it all her life. She is a Kelly and Irish by blood and in heart, so this is like coming home for her. I feel responsible for helping to give her an amazing experience. Ireland doesn't need any help from me, because it's amazing all over... But I'm hoping for a little help with an itinerary especially because we're traveling over Easter, and I'm not sure how that affects things. We are late 20s/early 30s, and down for anything. And we can drive on the left. This is our tentative plan so far, but we're very flexible, so please make any suggestions! Thanks in advance!
Thursday, 28 Mar. Arrive Dublin at 22:40. Staying at the Morgan in Temple Bar. I'm assuming that there will be quite a crowd at the pubs since all are tanking up before Good Friday. Will pubs close at midnight then?
Friday, 29 Mar. Not sure what will be open and available to visit on Good Friday? I know the pubs will be closed, what about museums and other attractions?
Saturday, 30 Mar. Visit the Guinness Storehouse. This is a must for us. In the evening, we'll hop around to different pubs and find some live music.
Sunday, 31 Mar. My friend would love to attend a traditional Easter mass in a beautiful cathedral. Any suggestions for which one? After mass and a massive Easter lunch, we will take the train to Galway. I hear that Easter Sunday night is quite the lively one since Monday is a holiday. We'll stay the night in Galway (not sure where yet).
Monday, 1 Apr. Rent a car in Galway and drive down the coast. See the Cliffs of Moher and any other scenic spots on the way. Continue on to Dingle. We'll stay the next two nights in Dingle. I love Pax, but no ocean view rooms available those nights. So we'll probably stay somewhere right in Dingle town. And of course, visit every pub, starting at Dick Mack's.
Tuesday, 2 Apr. Explore the area around Dingle. I've gotten great tips from this forum already. Drive Slea Head, climb the tower.
Wednesday, 3 Apr. Drive to Cork, with scenic stops along the way. We're meeting up with acquaintances who live in Cork, so we should be well taken care of that night.
Thursday, 4 Apr. Early morning flight out from Cork airport.
This covers a lot of ground and should hopefully give my friend a nice overview. An alternate thought is to go to fewer places, but spend more time in each. I would love your thoughts!