Our airline tickets are officially bought and rooms are mostly booked for our trip in August...but now that the money is down I'm feeling a little nervous about our first international trip! Here are the details that are currently planned - any suggestions on my next step or what to do in these last few months?
Flying through JFK with a 8 hour layover to Shannon, landing at 9:00 am. We have an automatic rental car reserved with Hertz and I am planning on getting the CDW and SCDW insurance as I do not have a world mastercard (from reading several previous posts it seems like I should get both). Our plan is to make our way to Galway and depending on the weather stop at the CoM and the Burren. In the evening we will probably wander around Galway and then turn in early
Day trip to Connemara driving the sky road to Clifden, stopping at Kylemore Abby and then coming back on Bogs head. Staying again in Galway.
I was thinking we would buy a heritage card at the first heritage site we come across and try to use them as much as possible throughout the trip. I havent really looked yet to see what heritage sites fall along our path that would be worth stopping at...
Wake up in Galway. Back up day for CoM and Burren if the weather did not permit on day 1...In case this day is free we were considering a day trip to Aran Islands - havent really looked into this yet though. Still debating if we should spend a third night in Galway or somewhere along the route to Killarney.
Drive to Killarney stopping possibly at Bunratty Castle (is there another heritage site on the way that is worth seeing?) on the way. Dinner and night in Killarney
Drive the RoK, or as much as we can see with some nice suggestions from the DEs and head back to Killarney for the night
Drive to Kilkenny stopping at Cahir and the rock of cashel on the way. If we can get to Kilkenny before 4 we will try to see Kilkenny Castle, if not then it wasnt meant to be. Stay the night in Kilkenny.
Drive to Newgrange early in the morning - hoping to arrive when they open at 9:30 to see the tour. After Newgrange we will drop the rental car and take a cab into Dublin. Dinner in Dublin
See the sights in Dublin on foot - hoping to see Trinity, Kilmanhaim gaol, Dublin Castle, Grafton St.
Get up and head to the airport for our 11:30 am flight
I'm looking for suggestions on things that I should be focusing on as we get closer to the date or if there is anything that I may have overlooked in my planning. I really appreciate your help and we are very excited for our trip!