I've been lurking around the boards for months, trying to soak up as much information as possible. My husband and I are taking our first trip to Ireland in October for 9 nights. We know it won't be enough time to do it all, and that it will be cold and rainy, but hopefully less crowded. This is our tentative itinerary - any glaring flaws? There are certainly some long days of driving, but it's always the tradeoff between seeing more things or spending more time.
We've tried to arrange multiple nights in the same city where practical. Based on what I've read, I'd be willing to ditch Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty, if necessary. The thing I want to see most is Newgrange and the thing my husband most wants to see is Powerscourt. I'm not worried about fitting either of those in because we could make them daytrips from Dublin if we absolutely had to. Thanks for any input you can provide. This forum has truly been invaluable.
Day 1 - Fly into Dublin, drive to Newgrange, maybe include Hill of Tara (which will be closed, but available to visit) and Trim Castle. Stay at Ross Castle overnight.
Day 2 - Drive to Galway, stopping at Clonmacnoise. Stay in Galway.
Day 3 - Drive to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey. Stay in Galway.
Day 4 - Drive through the Burren to the Cliffs of Moher, then on to Bunratty. Stay in Killarney.
Day 5 - Either Dingle Peninsula or Ring of Kerry. Stay in Killarney.
Day 6 - Drive to Rock of Cashel (stopping at Cahir Castle on the way?), then on to Kilkenny. Stay in Kilkenny.
Day 7 - Drive to Glendalough and then to Powercourt Gardens. Return rental car to airport, take a shuttle into Dublin. Stay in Dublin.
Day 8 - Dublin
Day 9 - Dublin