My boyfriend and I (both 27) are traveling to Ireland from the U.S. for the first time! We are leaving on Sept 5 and returning on Sept 13 (7 nights) and are flying into/out of Dublin. We rented a car and hope to see as much of beautiful Ireland as possible while also having some time to absorb the culture during our week-long stay. We consider ourselves to be very active, which our tentative itinerary reflects. The question for all you wonderful reviewers is - What changes/edits to our itinerary below would you make?:
Day 1 (Saturday) - Dublin:
-Dublin City Bike Tour
-Explore/hunt for the perfect pint
Day 2 (Sunday) - Cork/Kinsale:
-Explore both towns
QUESTION: Is it a mistake to skip Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel? Our thinking is that there may be more interesting sights to see in the SW/W.
QUESTION: Where should we stay for the night - Cork or Kinsale? Will both areas have B&B, hostel, or cheap hotel availability on the day of?
Day 3 (Monday) & Afternoon Day 4 (Tuesday) - Killarney/Dingle:
QUESTION: Will this give us the general gist that the Ring of Kerry would give us in depth? Looking to avoid spending an entire day on this, esp. considering how much we already plan to drive.
Overnight Tuesday & Morning Day 5 (Wednesday) - Dromoland Castle
Evening Day 5 (Wednesday) - The Burren/Cliffs of Moher/Doolin
QUESTION: Stay in this area or drive to Galway City?
Day 6 (Thursday) & Morning Day 7 (Friday) - Galway City/Connemara
QUESTION: Is Kylemore Abbey recommended?
Evening Day 7 (Friday) - Return to Dublin before flying out Saturday afternoon!
Is this itinerary too aggressive even for an active twosome? Does it make more sense to first head to Galway, loop south and then eventually back up to Dublin (would allow for more time in Kilkenny vs. Galway)?
Thank you for your thoughts. They are much appreciated. Ireland here we come!