We are a family of four, with 15 year old and 20 year old children. We will be driving ourselves. I am trying to minimize museums in favor of seeing the countryside and enjoying the culture and the people, because some members of our group are a little resistant to organized activities. I would welcome any comments, because I am still not sure what to do on the West Coast. Also would like to fit in Adare and possibly a Hawk walk, but don't know where. Here is the plan so far:
18/8: Arrive Dublin at 11:00. Aircoach bus or taxi to Buswells Hotel. Make our way to Croke Park stadium for hurling semifinals at 15:30. Find dinner somewhere and maybe walk Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green and O'Connell Bridge after dinner.
19/8: Dublin City Bike Tour in the morning. Kilmanheim Gaol and Guinness Factory in afternoon. Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl in evening.
20/8: Pick up rental car at Hertz South Circular Office. Drive two hours to Powerscourt. Lunch at Avoca Café, then drive Military Road over Sally Gap to Glendalough. Overnight in Kilkenny at Rosquil House. Maybe go to Kilkenny Castle.
21/8: One hour drive from Kilkenny to Rock of Cashel. Tour Rock of Cashel. OR drive to Myshall Ireland (according to my husband, 30 years ago there were many Nolans in that town, and he wants to find out if that is still the case. If we go to Myshall, I think we will have to skip Cashel.
Head to Kenmare, possibly stopping at Cahir Castle on the way. Overnight Kenmare (Need a place to stay there for two nights).
22/8: Muckross House and Ross Castle. Overnight Kenmare.
23/8: Drive two hours to Dingle. Bike the Dingle Penninsula. Overnight Pax House in Dingle.
24/8: More Dingle? Overnight Pax House in Dingle.
25/8: Take the Tarbert-Killimer car ferry on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, then Bunratty for the medieval banquet (late seating, so we will have all day to tour). Overnight Bunratty.
26/8: morning flight from Shannon.
What do you all think?