Hello TA Community,
My wife and I are traveling to Ireland from the US for an 8 night stay in May. We are flying into Dublin on the 11th (arrive early morning) and out of Shannon around noon on the 19th. I've been researching on TA and elsewhere EXTENSIVELY but thought it might be better to start a thread and share some of my ideas to see what everyone thought - suggestions / advise / personal experience and stories welcome!
A little about us...we're a married couple, both around 30yrs old, looking to experience the smaller towns, natural beauty, history, and great pubs of Ireland. We have a car hire for most of the trip (staying in Dublin for the first two nights, then getting the 747 to the airport to pick up the car) so we have flexibility to go as we please but want to balance jumping around with relaxation and not being in the car 24/7. We've narrowed the focus to the Southern portion of the island this time around (no Belfast or northern sites unfortunately).
Aside from Dublin for 2 nights, we have no accommodations booked. My tentative plan as it stands now is:
Tuesday 5/13 morning, leave Dublin, pick up rental car and drive to Cork area. My wife really wants to tour a castle and I'm thinking RoK on the way, or possibly staying somewhere closer to the RoK and not Cork. Blarney is also an option here. Suggestions either way? Stay one night.
Wed 5/14 - Thurs 5/15 - Killarney, see the national park sites and possible Ring of Kerry and/or Dingle region. Is that too much for two days? Should we add a third? Thinking of staying in Killarney as opposed to Kenmore but open. Just seems to be more central to the sites. Since it's mid May and not peak travel season I'm hoping it won't be jammed with tourists as some posters have noted - if this an accurate assumption?
Friday - head north to see the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Ideas on a good town to stay in for two nights, preferably a smaller village, on the sea if reasonable?
Sunday - possibly one night in Galway to close out the trip. Is the drive to Shannon from Galway simple enough? And is Galway even worth it considering we already have 2 full days in Dublin and want to experience more of the smaller towns and villages? Our flight is at 11:30am and would prefer not to have to leave Galway at 4am or anything to make it.
As you can see we are debating a lot at this point...would love any suggestions from those that have planned out a similar trip
Thanks for the help,