My husband and I are traveling to Ireland this May for three weeks. We have almost all the trip planned, except the last two days. We need a little advice about those last two days. We arrive in Shannon on May 4 and leave from Dublin May 25. We have snagged a good deal for a rental car, so we can be extremely flexible. We have reservations at B&B’s except for a self- catering cottage, The Tigen on a farm near Kenmare. This is the itinerary so far:
May 4 – arrive Shannon 6 am…explore Cashel and Cahir. Stay Cahir.
May 5 – explore Carrick-on-Suir - Ormond Castle, Inistioge, Graiguenamanagh – Cushendale Woolen Mill, Bennettsbridge – Nicholas Pottery. Stay Kilkenny.
May 6 – explore Kilkenny. Stay Kilkenny
May 7 – take the southern route to explore Cobh, Kinsale etc. Stay Clonakilty.
May 8 – explore the Cork southwest. Stay Clonakilty.
May 9 – explore the Cork southwest. Stay Clonakilty.
May 10 – explore The Beara peninsula, Glengarriff etc. Stay Kenmare.
May 11 – explore County Kerry. Stay Kenmare.
May 12 – explore County Kerry. Stay Kenmare.
May 13 – travel to Dingle via Inch Beach and Annascaul. Stay Dingle.
May 14 – explore the Dingle Peninsula. Stay Dingle.
May 15 – explore the Dingle Peninsula. Stay Dingle.
May 16 – travel via Tralee, take ferry at Tarbert, visit Cliffs of Mohr, Doolin. Stay Ballyvaughan.
May 17 – explore the Burren. Take planned Burren Walk with guide. Stay Ballyvaughan.
May 18 – travel via Kinvarra to Galway. Visit Galway. Stay Oughterard.
May 19 – explore the Connemara area. Stay Oughterard.
May 20 – explore the Connemara area. Stay Oughterard.
May 21 – travel to Westport. Explore Westport and the area. Stay Westport.
May 22 – travel to Achill. Explore. Stay Westport.
May 23 – explore more of this area, possibly Sligo. Stay Westport.
May 23 – leisurely travel towards the Dublin Airport. Seeing Trim and/or other areas. Stay ??
May 24 – travel to Sword near Dublin International Airport. See as much of the area as time allows. Stay Sword
May 25 – depart Dublin International Airport 12:50 pm.
So my question is…would you stay the extra day in the Westport area or give an extra day to exploring areas across Ireland on the way to Sword? Also, would you add or subtract anything to this itinerary as it is now? As usual, all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks