Hi to the friendly and helpful TA world:
I've been lurking for some time and think I have a doable, if somewhat ambitious, itinerary for your critique. I'd like to see a lot but at a relaxed pace. I'm a late-20s woman, traveling alone, with moderate physical ability. I'm looking mostly to enjoy Ireland's natural beauty and a pint or two in the evening. I'll rent a car and stay at B&Bs; I don't mind driving for hours, as long as there are things to see/stop at along the way and not just hedges lined to the road.
October 9: Depart Canada.
October 10: Arrive Dublin. Explore Dublin. Attempt to shake off jetlag.
October 11: More Dublin. FAI vs. Gibraltar.
October 12: Pick up car. To Coleraine, stopping at Newgrange.
October 13: Giant's Causeway. Drive to Sligo.
October 14: Knocknarea, etc. Stay Sligo.
October 15: Slieve League, etc. Drive to Clifden.
October 16: Connemara, Sky Drive, Roundstone. Stay Clifden.
October 17: Connemara, Kylemore Abbey. Drive to Galway.
October 18: Aran Islands. Stay Galway.
October 19: Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Coole Park. Drive to Killarney.
October 20: National Park, Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House. Stay Killarney.
October 21: Ring of Beara, Gougane Barra. Stay Killarney.
October 22: Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head. Stay Dingle.
October 23: Drive to Kilkenny, stopping at Rock of Cashel.
October 24: Kilkenny Castle, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough. Stay Howth/Dublin.
October 25: Depart Dublin mid-day.
Specific questions, in addition to inviting general commentary:
1. Should I skip the trip to Northern Ireland? I'd still want to see from Sligo onwards though so I really only gain one day (and save lots of driving) if I skip it. (But I really want to see the Giant's Causeway.)
2. Is it reasonable to take in the Cliffs and the Burren in one day (October 19) and do more than pop out for ten minutes and take a picture?
3. How the heck to you buy tickets to the FAI vs. Gilbraltar game? I only seem to be able to purchase season's tickets right now.
4. Will I be 'natured out' come October 18? I'm debating skipping the Aran Islands for a lazy city day.
Many thanks in advance!