My wife and I are visiting Ireland from US (flying into Dublin, flying out of Dublin) the 2nd week of October. I've made a tentative itinerary, but would love feedback seeing as I've only used recommendations from TripAdvisor Attractions and this forum to guide my decisions thus far.
Day 1 - Dublin (arrive at 6:55am)
Day 2 - Dublin
Day 3 - Galway (via Irish Rail) - Cliffs of Moher!
Day 4 - Back to Dublin via Irish Rail (booked a Rural Pub Tour that leaves Dublin at 15:00 so we have to be back in the city for this)
Day 5 - Killarney (via Irish Rail) - Killarney National Park!
Day 6 - Cork / Cobh (via Irish Rail) - Blarney Castle & Heritage Centre in Cobh
Day 7 - Dublin - Howth and anything else we missed in Dublin
Day 8 - Depart Dublin at 9am
We want to get the best look at all of Ireland possible. We felt like this was a good mix of city and scenic. We wish we had more time but wife has limited vacation days from work. We considered Dingle and Connemara but they didn't make the final cut - mostly because of distance from Dublin "home base"... We will stay the night each night in the same city we spend that day in. We also opted for Irish Rail over rental car, mostly for opportunities to experience rail travel but also to avoid hassles of driving in a foreign country.
Are we crazy to think we can get all these things crammed into our itinerary? Did we miss anything we will regret?
We even went out and bought a new camera just to make sure we capture the essence of Ireland to bring back home with us. We can't wait, just more than 50 days!
Thanks in advance,