Two forty-somethings headed to their 12-day dream vacation to Ireland (without the teens!).
Trip prepared and prepaid through travel agency specializing in Ireland travel.
Have all hotels/b&b/castle accommodations and car rental reservations have been made.
Could use some assistance with the small things along this path:
Arriving Dublin (staying just east of Trinity College, 2 full days and nights with hop-on-hop-off bus tour and Guinness tour vouchers)
Self driving rest of trip, with nights in Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Killarney (2 nights and 1 day Ring of Kerry bus tour), Dingle (during Dingle Races), Doonbeg, Shannon (2 nights), then flying out of Shannon.
Looking specifically for help with the following (on a mid-range daily budget)
Best scenic route from Dublin to Kilkenny that would be easy on a first-time-wrong-side-of-the-road driver and allow a few hours in Kilkenny before everything closes.
Grocery on our way out of Dublin where we can stock up on bottled water and snacks.
Cafes for afternoon light lunches and amazing, unique desserts.
Pubs with history, that have great selection of Belgian beers and great food.
Activities/attractions, underrated and unique, not on every Ireland must-do/see list.
One or two underrated/underpriced golf courses along the way that have beautiful scenery.
Scenic routes along the southern seaside that are off normal route, yet navigable.
A castle or two, a garden or two, a library or two, a ruin or two, but not every single one! (Willing/able to get out of the car and walk up to 2 miles a day, but we're not into hiking)
Tips for spectating/parking/gambling/eating at Dingle Races.
A guided lake/river fishing or boating experience during our last two days in the Shannon area.
Thanks so much!!!