My partner and I are spending four days in Ireland, flying into Dublin and out of Cork. He wants to go to the Blasket Islands. We are planning to spend much of the first day in Dublin, then drive down (with a possible stop at either the Powerscourt Estates or Mount Usher Gardens) through either Sally Gap or along R750 to either Arklow or Enniscorthy to spend the night. The next day, we will drive to the Dingle peninsula via East Dunmore and Tramore, with lunch in Dungarvan. We will spend the next day at the Blasket Islands and travel to Cork that evening or the following morning.
Can anyone provide input about what roads/towns are better? Sally Gap is supposed to be beautiful, but I've heard R750 is nice as well, although we will be driving near the sea the next day. Is there a reason to pick Arklow over Enniscorthy, or vice-versa? Are stops in East Dunmore and Tramore worthwhile? We heard Dungarvan has great pubs, but are open to other suggestions, both for lunch and other towns to stop in. Should we bag the whole plan and not try to drive across Ireland in a day? I would love to have any input. Many thanks!