After many hours spent on the forum and combing through guidebooks, this is hopefully my third and final itinerary. Would welcome suggestions.
We are couple in our early 50's (this is my 50th b- day trip). We like to see a lot of historical sites and nature, but also enjoy relaxing in pub after a day of site-seeing. My brother and sister-in-law will also be joining us for the first part of trip.
Sept 9- arriving in Dublin at 9:25 am from Chicago
Should we take taxi or air coach to hotel? There will be four of us plus our luggage.
Haven't made reservation for hotel yet. Thinking of Cambden court hotel, Arlington hotel temple bar or Albany house. Has anyone stayed at one of these hotels? Want to be close to city center.
Rest of day will be site-seeing.
Book of kells
Chesster Beatty library
Christ church cathedral
National museum of Ireland archaeology
St Patrick's cathedral
Probably take HoHo bus for all this
Sept10- Dublin- finish what we didn't see the day before. Pub crawl maybe?
2nd night in Dublin.
Sept11- Take taxi or airbus to airport to pick up rental car. Dublin to Enniskerry-Powerscourt house and garden and waterfall.
Enniskerry to Glendalough- Glendalough round tower and monastery.
Glendalough to kilkenny- moones high cross
Browne's hill dolmen
Night in kilkenny. B&b choices-Carriglea or butler court? Any suggestions? Again want to stay fairly close to town center.
Sept 12- Kilkenny- black abbey
Kilkenny castle and design craft center
Kilkenny to Cashel
Rock of cashel
Cashel to Cahir
Cahir to Kinsale
Maybe Scilly walk if time and still have energy
Night in kinsale. B&b choices The cloisters, Pier house, Friars lodge, the old presbytery.
Sept13- kinsale to killarney
Muckross house and gardens
short hike in killarney national park- blue pool nature trail or mossy woods trail?
killarney to kenmare
kenmare druid circle
night in kenmare- B&b- Old church house
Sept 14- ring of kerry
skellig ring loop
Boat trip to skellig island? Time and weather permitting??
cahersiveen- ring forts
Killorglin to dingle
night in dingle- Pax guesthouse
Sept 15- Visit town of dingle and slea head drive. Take my brother and sister-in-law to tralee to catch train back to Dublin( 9/16 flight).
tralee to dingle
night 2 in dingle
Sept 16- Dingle to Ennis
cliffs of moher
Doolin- cliffs of moher and Inisheer Island cruise?
Back to Ennis for night- B&b- Newpark house
Sept 17- Ennis to kilfenora- Burren centre
lisdoonvarna- Burren smoke house
Ballyvaughn- gleninsheem wedge tomb
Back to Ennis for 2nd night
Sept 18- Ennis to Trim
Trim to Hill of Tara
Back to Trim for night- B&b- Highfield house
Sept 19- Trim to Newgrange and Knowth
Newgrange to Monasterboice
- Old Millfont Abbey?
Back to Trim for 2nd night
Sept 20- Trim to Dublin airport. Return rental car. 3:45pm flight to Chicago.
What do you think? Too much? Did I miss a must see? Of course I also want to spend some time to visit pubs, restaurants and do a little shopping :)
Thank you all for your input!