I've found TA to be very helpful in the past, and I'm sure this will be no different. My wife and I are visiting Ireland in late August, primarily for the Penn State-UCF college football game but also to see as much of the country as possible. We're planning to be there for 9 nights and to use a mix of public transportation and car rental. Please let me know if this is too ambitious or seems reasonable, and if you have any criticisms or suggestions. Thanks.
Aug 22: arrive Dublin, overnight Dublin
Aug 23: train to Cork, see Cobh/Kinsale, o/n Cork or Kinsale
Aug 24: rent car, drive to Blarney Castle, then to Kenmare, o/n Kenmare
Aug 25: Ring of Kerry, o/n Kenmare
Aug 26: Dingle Peninsula, o/n Dingle
Aug 27: drive to Cliffs of Moher, possibly stopping in Adare and/or Bunratty, o/n Galway
Aug 28: train to Dublin, possibly stopping in Athlone, o/n Dublin
Aug 29: o/n Dublin
Aug 30: game day, o/n Dublin
Aug 31: fly home
We'll of course see the sights in Dublin and are considering side trips to Glendalough, Newgrange, Bray, etc., but for the purpose of this post I'm most concerned with three things.
1. Is this itinerary doable, or too crowded for the timeframe?
2. Renting a car in Cork/Kinsale -- would we have to go to the airport? And is it reasonable to pick up a car there, and then drop it off in Galway City?
3. The Cork/Cobh/Kinsale/Blarney portion of the trip -- are we dedicating too much time? Could this be done in one overnight in the area, leaving us more time on one of the peninsulas or near Galway? Is it possible to, say, take an early train to Cork, hop on a late-morning tour of the Blarney Castle, see one of the exhibits in Cobh, and enjoy a nice meal in Kinsale, all in the same day?