To all you kind TA helpers, I know that this is asked alot, but I'm hoping for some input on this itinerary. I already have all the lodging and the car booked and have some basic ideas. Am hoping that you can fill in where I've been sketchy. We are late 40's, not that big on museum's though will for must-see's, like to have a daily plan but very willing to stray from the plan as things come up, not into club-ing but very much into pub-ing, beautiful scenery/walking, shopping but not for too long. Want activities but not so much that we are stressed out-- want to ensure time to just be and see what comes up, while having some basic plans. With that said, all help appreciated!
Day 1: Arrive Dublin airport 7:30 a.m., Stay Dublin 3 nights (Best Western Plus) Hop on Hop off bus- whatever strikes fancy, Musical Pubcrawl?
Day 2: Stay Dublin (Best Western Plus) Gaol, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Temple Bar area, Food Folklore and Fairies at night
Day 3: Stay Dublin (Best Western Plus), Historical Walking tour, Dublin Castle, Jameson’s Distillery and Cobblestone’s Pub, Grafton Street, whatever
** To fit in if time: Train to Enniskerry, See Powerscourt Gardens and town
Day 4: Get car from Hertz at airport and drive 1.5 hours to Kilkenny via Glendalough ruins, Powerscourt if didn’t do already Stay Kilkenny 2 nights (Zuni hotel)
Day 5: Stay Kilkenny (Zuni hotel), Castle and town, Smithwicks Brewery (still open?)
Day 6: Drive through Rock of Cashel (1 hr) and ? to Kenmare (2.5 hours) Stay Kenmare 2 nights (Rockcrest House)
Day 7: Stay Kenmare (Rockcrest House) drive Beara penninsula
Day 8: Drive 1.5 hours to Dingle, Stay Dingle 3 nights (Lighthouse B&B), see Dingle and ?
Day 9: Stay Dingle (Lighthouse), Drive Dingle Peninsula Loop, Pubs
Day 10: Stay Dingle (Lighthouse), Boat ride to the Blaskets, Dingle town and ?
Day 11: Drive to Galway minimum 4.5 hours, via Cliffs of Moher and Burren, possible medieval banquet @ Dunguaire Castle, Stay Galway 3 nights (The Western Hotel)
Day 12: Stay Galway (The Western Hotel), Galway and ?
Day 13: Stay Galway (The Western House), Boat ride to Aran Islands weather permitting, if not ?
Day 14: Return to Dublin, drive 2.5 hours, stops between Galway and Dublin?, stay Swords (Premier Inn), if time see Malahide
Day 15: Fly out 9:20 a.m. Dublin airport