I am in the process of planning a trip to Ireland the first couple weeks of July and wanted feedback on the itinerary I am considering. Is it doable or too rushed, or should we stay longer or shorter in any of the places? We have never been to Ireland and I want to expose my 9 and 13 year old sons to a variety of sites and experiences . Here is what I am thinking:
Day 1 -arrive in Dublin in the morning and leisure sightseeing in the afternoon. Go to bed early!
Day 2 - Dublin sightseeing
Day 3 - day trip from Dublin to Newgrange
Day 4 - day trip from Dublin to glendalough
Day 5 - drive to portrush (stay 3 nights)
Day 6 - explore giants causeway
Day 7 - explore Londonderry
Day 8 - drive from portrush to Galway city (2 nights)
Day 9 - tour clonmacnoise
Day 10 - cliffs of moher then drive to kenmare (4 nights)
Day 11 - ring of Kerry
Day 12- explore Killarney national park
Day 13 - skellig ring tour
Day 14 - drive from kenmare back to Dublin, possibly stopping at blarney castle
Day 15 - leave
One other idea I have is to only spend 3 night in Dublin but 4 nights in portrush and stop at Bru Na Boinne on the way to portrush. Is driving from Dublin to portrush and visiting newgrange too much for one day?
Any other ideas or suggestions?