I will be arriving at Shannon airport 14 Sept 2012....overnite from USA
Picking up a rental car at the airport. This is my third trip to Ireland, but first time going alone. I have about 14 days in the country. I will be single 60ish female, so want to keep driving to a minimum. [it's been a few years since this American has driven on the left !}
Plan to drive to Mt. Shannon for a night or two's jet lag R & R.
I love Co. Kerry and plan to spend most of my trip based in Kenmare, touring the surrounding countryside. I will be returning to Killarney National Park, Muckross, Beara and perhaps Sheepshead Peninsula.
Part of this trip needs a trip up to Galway to see friends, perhaps two nights there.
My question [or questions] :
Should I do Galway first and return to Kerry to spend rest of trip? Or would it be best at the last of the trip before departing for USA from Shannon?
Is Kilkenny worth a side trip to see the castle etc...? And when would be best to do that? I have been to Waterford, Kinsale etc. and don't plan to go there this trip, and I do want to avoid Cork and Dublin traffic if at all possible. I like touring castles, stopping in quaint villages or shops for afternoon tea. I stay in B and Bs and pretty much have those chosen, except for Kilkenny. I love gardens, horses, nature parks, farms etc.
Any other suggestions for things to see or do would be appreciated. I have done Bunratty and Blarney, the Cliffs, Connemara and Clifden.....could be persuaded back up on the Sky Road.....?
I realize I'm asking more than one question here, but any help will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.