I'd appreciate opinions on the following itinerary. I've tweaked it a few times based on lurking around here for awhile. I don't want us to try to do too much so that we see Ireland through the windshield, but I also don't want us to wonder if we missed anything that we could have worked into the vacation. I certainly hope we'll be back but that may not be for several years.
We're travelling as a couple, early/mid fifties. We like to see historic sights, natural beauty, take walks (not hikes) and like to end the day talking with local residents over a pint or two (or four.) We're arriving early morning flight on May 27th.
Day One, arrive at Shannon, spend first night in Ennis; this will be the last day of Fleadh Nua.
Day Two, travel to Doolin for two nights. See the Cliffs (if they cooperate) and The Burren.
Day Three, take the ferry to Aran Islands, weather depending. If not, explore the area via car. (Will we be able to go as far as Connemarra, or is that too ambitious? If we can't get to an Aran Island because of the weather, what should we plan on seeing?) We then have a second night in Doolin at the same B & B. My boyfriend is very much looking forward to hearing traditional music in the evenings so Doolin seems to be the logical choice for that reason, but I'm open to another suggestion.
Day Four: Travel from Doolin to Dingle, via the ferry over the Shannon. Stop for lunch somewhere, possibly Glin. (Any suggestions for places to see along the way for this part of the journey?) Is Connor Pass too scary heading into Dingle? Boyfriend is fearless, I'm not.
Stay two nights in Dingle at the same B & B, & on the full day drive Slea Head and explore Dingle Town.
Day Six, head to Kenmare, seeing Killarney Nat'l Park/Torc Falls on the way. We have two nights in Kenmare--on Day Seven (the full day there) we plan to drive the Beara Peninsula.
Day Eight--leave Kenmare and drive to Listowel for the second day of the June races. After the races, drive on to Bunratty for our last night, and fly home from Shannon on a late morning flight.
I'm a "planner" and my boyfriend likes to wing it, but he does appreciate that my planning and research can pay off in some nice experiences. We can both drive manual transmission and don't have a problem with driving on the left (except for the fearful part on my end.) I'm open for input and advice, and thank you in advance!