I'm hoping to get some advice for planning a 10 day June vacation to Ireland. I will be traveling with my husband and 2 young children aged 1 and 5, which certainly makes the planning a little more complicated. We are thinking this will likely be the only time we are able to travel to Ireland, so are trying to pack in a lot, as we want to see "everything". I realize this will be hard on our kids, but we have traveled with them before with a lot of driving time, and they have done very well, and we never had any regrets.
Initially I came up with the following itinerary, but now I am second guessing all the driving this will entail.
Fly into Dublin and stay for 1 night
Antrim Coast for 2 nights
Back to Dublin for 1 night
Then Kenmare for 2 nights
Dingle for 2 nights
Doolin for 2 nights
Fly out of Shannon Airport.
We are debating taking Northern Ireland off the itinerary, because of so many extra hours of driving and we also want to be able to enjoy our time and not rush through the whole vacation. Instead we would have a little more time in Dublin, and would consider some added time in Kinsale since it wouldn't be that far out of the way for us on our drive to Kenmare. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! I just don't want to regret that we didn't see the Giant's Causeway/Antrim Coast. So, part of my question as well is, is this area worth that extra drive (and potentially very crankly kids) to see?