We're very open to whatever you can help us with our upcoming September 2013 trip. We are an easy-going 50-something Canadian couple, average active, and don't wish for the green blur tour. We enjoy the thoughts of taking everything as it comes with enjoyment; local people, music, history, pubs, scenery, etc. at a relaxed pace. No military time-precision here.
It's clear there are so many beautiful places to visit and one can only do so many. We would much rather enjoy quality over quantity. We are aware ourselves of living with crazy weather conditions (rain, gale force winds, snow, sleet, warm sunshine in one day), so any weather is what it is.
We tend to become happily distracted easily with something beautiful in our site line, but days bring what they may. We are, however, timely with commitments for accommodations booked and tour times.
It looks as though we may be a little Cork City heavy with our with 3 nights on days 10-12 of our rough itinerary posted below. We'd both give our right arm to spend a lifetime there, but we also wish to not compromise the valuable time in Ireland. We are also aware that driving here and driving there are 2 different things and anticipate delays.
The days I've starred (*) in our rather novice itinerary below are musts for us.
Flights are booked now. Dublin in - Dublin out was the best for schedule, price and availability with our airline carrier.
We're renting a car from Dublin (currently tackling those choices) and initially planned to return the vehicle after our stay in Limerick City and taking public transport from there, but this could be extended if it means missing out on visiting beautiful, scenic places post Limerick City being tied to timetables.
We have 100% free rooms at a well-known decent hotel group, which explains all of the hotel accommodations noted. Although we'd love to stay in B & B's the entire time, this has made it so much easier to visit Ireland, there is no doubt there. We've managed to book a couple of B & B's to break up the hotel stays and have no problem adding one or more B & B nights somewhere.
PS: There are so many TA regulars I follow, such as Bryno, Clauds, Bean, Tony2Phones (sorry about Dingle, my friend but it has to be and I know you understand), HarveyIreland, soonas, Fuschiagirl, and Oma...I'm probably missing someone!
Any help is so appreciated. We're very open to suggestions.
Day 1 (T): Arrive Dublin in a.m.---> Bus to Belfast ---> Spend weekend with our Cdn. connection friends*
Day 2 (F) Belfast (Hotel) --> Friends*
Day 3: (S) Belfast (Hotel)--> Friends*
Day 4: (S) Dublin (Hotel) --> Arrive later in day>Wander Dublin City*
Day 5: (M) Dublin (Hotel) --> National Library> National Archives> Records*
Day 6: (T) Dublin (Hotel) --> Explore Dublin*
Day 7: (W) Pick up rental car to head south toward Mitchelstown destination (B & B)*
Day 8: (T) Mitchelstown area (B & B) --> Family history*
Day 9: (F) Mitchelstown area (B & B) --> " " >Day trip?*
Day 10 (S): Cork City (Hotel) --> Explore City > Cork City Library*>Market
Day 11: (S) Cork City (Hotel) --> Day trips?
Day 12: (M) Cork City (Hotel) -->
Day 13: (T) Dingle (B & B) --> Sleahead*
Day 14: (W) Dingle (B & B) --> Killarney day trip?
Day 15: (T) Limerick City (Hotel) --> DH visit to Company's Ireland Head Office*
Day 16: (F) Galway (Hotel) -->
Day 17: (S) Galway (Hotel) -->
Day 18: (S) Dublin (Hotel) --> Last evening in Ireland
Day 19: (M) Fly Home --> :(
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