We just booked our flights for June and we're so excited. Family of 5 from U.S. - mom, dad, 2 teens and a 7-year-old. We will be there for 9 full days and would like to pick three towns/cities to stay in for our travels. We fly into Shannon and will drive to Cork. My husband has plans to run in a triathlon there (yes, we plan family trips around this activity!), so we'll be in that vicinity the first 3 days. From there we'd like to travel west and see places like the Dingle Peninsula and vicinity, so I'm thinking of maybe Tralee as the next stopping point for a few days. Finally, we want to head north to Galway and some points north, like Connemara, so maybe be in Galway for the last few days before driving back to the airport. For the experts, do these stopping points make sense? Any particular towns people would recommend?
Other than the race my husband will be in, we're mostly interested in seeing the beautiful scenery and historical sites like castles and churches, not so much shopping or sporting activities like golf. Hearing some good music would also be nice.
We're just starting the trip planning now that I got over the sticker shock of 5 airline tickets across the Atlantic, so moving on to where will stay.