I am spending 6 days in Ireland in early November, flying into Dublin on a Tuesday morning and flying out of Dublin on the following Monday. I am traveling solo, and I am more interested in seeing the scenery than walking around the city all day. I do like to drink and want to enjoy the nightlife though, so I'd prefer to stay in areas that permit that rather than sleepy little villages. I will have a rental car, so I don't mind driving to those quaint areas during the day to enjoy the landscape just as long as I can get back to where the people are in the evenings. I'm planning on spending at least one night in Dublin either at the beginning or end of my trip- can't decide. Is one day enough time in Dublin? I've read about other places like Kilkenny, Cork City, Killarney, Dingle, and Galway which all seem like great areas to stay- but I can't decide which is best and I certainly don't have time for all, right? I for sure want to see the Cliffs of Moher, tour a castle or two, and most of all just enjoy being alone in what I've heard is the most beautiful place in the world.
Here is a rough idea of what I am thinking, but I'd love suggestions!
Day 1 & 2: Dublin
Day 3: Drive South through Wicklow to Kilkenny and stay the night there.
Day 6: From Dingle drive to the Cliffs of Moher. From there head to Galway and spend my last night in Galway, waking up early and heading back to Dublin to catch my flight the next day.
Is this way too much? Should I skip anything, add anything? I was also contemplating just spending one night in Dublin and heading out for my adventures on Day 2. Would it make more sense to go directly from Dublin to Galway, then make my way back around spending my last night in Kilkenny?
Am I completely out of my mind?