My husband and I are visiting Ireland this Winter. After spending the past 6 months planning, we've finally put together an itinerary. Now I'd very much like to put our itinerary forward to the community and see if there were suggestions... especially food-related suggestions. We've hired a car for self-driving and have accommodations arranged. Backpacks are filled with appropriate clothing to layer (water/wind proof stuff). Thank you for your time & energy!
Overall Plan (subject to change):
2 nights in Dublin. 2 nights in Kilkenny. 2 Nights in Dingle (NYE) 2 nights in Galway. 1 night on Inishmore. 1 night in Galway. 1 night in Sligo. 1 night in Portrush. 2 nights in Dublin.
Day 1: learn to drive properly, walk around Dublin, and sleep. Day 2: more driving practice and exploring Dublin. Day 3: driving to Kilkenny. Between Dublin and Kilkenny we are planning on spending a half day at Glendalough. Day 4: explore Kilkenny city and visit a few nearby places -- time/weather permitting. Day 5: drive to Dingle. Day 6: explore Dingle city. May walk a portion of Cosan na Naomh if showers and wind are mild. Day 7: drive to Galway. May walk a portion of the hike to Cliffs of M. en route to Galway if weather is mild. Days 8: explore Galway city. Day 9: Take the ferry to Inishmore. Day 10: Explore a few sites on Inishmore in the morning, return to Galway in the evening. Day 11: drive to Sligo and explore Gil Lough area. Day 12: Drive along the Antrim Coast (Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway) and continue back to Dublin. Day 13: Dublin, visit Trinity's Old Library/Book of Kells. Day 14: saying goodbye.
Big thanks to http://heritageireland.ie/en/ http://www.megalithicireland.com/ http://www.theaa.ie/aa/aa-roadwatch.aspx and http://www.irishtrails.ie/. And, of course, thanks to you for reading all this!
Thoughts and suggestions are very much appreciated.