I can't believe it, we are almost going on our trip to Ireland. I had written on the forum months ago and had gotten marvelous suggestions and insights from the wonderful people on tripadvisor. We have been planning this vacation for years. If you have the time, please look through our final itinerary and please make any other suggestions for changes or additions. We greatly appreciate it! Thank-you! We are a couple in our 50's who love culture, landmarks, meeting local people, good food and music. I know it is incredibly difficult to squeeze everything that is amazing into our 2 week trip. It is a self drive vacation.
Arrive in Dublin in the morning and staying at the Trinity Capital Hotel for 2 nights and 3 days: Guiness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Trinity College (Book of Kells), Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Bublin Writer's Museum, James Joyce Statue, Kilmainham goal, Half Penny Bridge and the Ghost Bus Tour. We are interested in the Green Bus- Hop On Hop Off to help us to get around to the sights. Do you recommend we do this and where would we get the tickets for this?
Upon leaving Dublin, we will get a car. On route to Kilkenny, we will stop at the Glendalough Monastery Ruins-Wicklow.
In Kilkenny, we will stay at Newlands Country House B and B for one night: city of Kilkenny, Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedra, The Tholsel, Shee Arms House. Then Rock of Cashel.
Drive to Kinsale, Cork. Stay at Perryville House for one night: See Cobh, explore Kinsale town, Cork City, Cork City Gaol, Old English Market, Blarney Castle.
Drive to Kenmare and stay at Ashfield B and B for 3 nights. From this home base, we will see the Ring of Kerry, Beara Pennisula, Killarney National Park, Muckross House and gardens, Muckross Abbey, Killarney town, Torc Waterfall, gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Moll's Gap and Dingle.
On route to Doolin, we will do the Bunratty Castle. In Doolin, we will stay at Emohruo B and B for one night: Cliffs of Mohr, The Burren National Park, Ailwee Cave (I wont be able to do the Aran Islands since I get seasick).
Drive to Galway and stay at the Forster Court Hotel for 2 nights: Medieval Quarter, Thomas Dillion's Claddagh Gold, Connemara, Galway Arts festival, Salthill, Quay St.
We will be making our way back to Dublin for our final night leaving from this airport. On route back, we will stop at Clonmacnoise and the Kilbeggan Distillery. In Dublin, we will stay the one night more at Wynn's Hotel. We will leave early the next morning for home.
Thank-you so much in advance for any other suggestions you may have!