We will be traveling from Kilkenny to Kinsale later this month during a 10-day trip to Ireland. We like off the beaten path places and interesting scenery. While planning the route, it was suggested that on our return (originally to Carlow, but now we are going to a small town in Co Carlow called St. Mullins), it was suggested to go from Kinsale "through Lismore, stopping at the castle, then over the scenic 'vee' into Clonmel, through Kilkenny and on to Carlow."
However, as noted above, we won't be going to Carlow now, but are meeting some distant relatives at my family's ancestral home in St. Mullins. That will take us on a more eastern route, so we won't be able to go through the 'vee' on our return.
I wonder, instead, if we could make that drive on the way down to Kinsale. Is it worth it to take this path through the mountains for the extra time that it will cause? We aren't in a spectacular hurry to get to Kinsale,but would like to be there by mid-afternoon. The only stop I have so far on the way to Kinsale is St. Patrick's Well in Clonmel. If worthwhile, we'd also stop at the Lismore Castle. AA Route Planner gives a 3 hr 29 min estimated trip w/o stops, but I'm figuring it is probably closer to 4 hrs or more w/o stops, especially coming through the mountains.
The alternative route, which was what I'd initially planned, was to go from Kilkenny through Clonmel then out to Cahir (stop in Cahir), then on down to Kinsale via the faster route. If we skip Cahir by going through the mountains instead, we will be able to see it on a different day when we go to Rock of Cashel.