My friend and I are planning our first trip to Ireland and we are super excited! We are leaving the USA on May 14 (arriving in Dublin on May 15) and returning home on May 28. We are in our early 50s, in (relatively!) good shape and don't mind walking. We have a general idea of our trip, no specifics yet as far as which sites to see. We do not want to get caught up in the "windshield tour" of Ireland and not get to truly enjoy the sites, people, beauty, history, and food. We realize we'll have to save some sites and cities for another trip. We've gathered itineraries from other posters on this forum and tour groups. Soooo much to see and do in Ireland!
~May 15, 16: Dublin. Ride the Hop On/Hop Off bus.
~May 17: Pick up rental car. Head south. Would like to visit Waterford. Overnight in Kilkenny
~May 18: Overnight in Cork or Kinsale
~May 19, 20, 21: Stay in Killarney or Kenmare?
~May 22, 23: Stay in Galway
~May 24: Head north. We'd love to stay in a castle on our way north. Any suggestions around Sligo, Donegal, Northern Ireland?
~May 25: Stay in Portrush or Bushmills?
~May 26: Overnight in Belfast
~May 27: Return rental car. Last night in Dublin
Is this a reasonable itinerary? I know alot depends on what we do in each city. I saw some from tour groups where you are in a different hotel each night. We are trying to avoid that. I would appreciate any & all comments and input.