Heyya, di c;
Killkenny to Giants Causeway is a long haul. The first hard lesson to learn about Ireland is that you can't see everything - you're going to have to make some choices. Four drivers or one, I don't think you want your trip to be a tour of Ireland's inland transportation routes.
It would help to know what choices you've already made: - 4+2=6. Where are you planning for the other 4 days?
You have a number of directions from Kilkenny to Portrush (a good overnight location for your trip to Giants Causeway).
You can drive up the midlands, taking in Athlone (the Lakelands), Fermanagh, Derry.
You can travel up west, taking in Clare, Galway, Sligo and Donegal
Lots of choices there. Whiich one you choose depends on how much time you have allocated to this portion of the trip. I am guessing you will hire a car?
I am confused by how you have currently divided up your 11 days. Could you explain that so that we can better understand your thoughts and help further?Edited: 22 January 2013, 09:26
Apologies, I see that you will have a car, no need to answer that now - obviously ;-O
Thank you Bryno and Robert,
Here is our tentative schedule. Arrive 6 am day 1 - cliffs and burren. Day 2 - Dingle. Day 3 - Killarney. Day 4 - Kenmare Day 5 - Lismore Day 6 -Killkenny
Day 7 ? Day 8 - Ballygally Day 9and 10 Belfast and depart
Thoughts would be appreciated.
yes we are staying at the castle.
You know I wouldn't normally advise this but I think with such a short timeframe and your accommodation, you really should head up and overnight in the Causeway area (Bushmills/Portrush/Portstewart for example) from Kilkenny. The reason I say this is Ballygally Castle is on the coast road so if you head straight via the M2 and A26 etc from Belfast to the Causeway (i.e. NOT following the Causeway coastal route), you will then be working your way back and it avoids backtracking.
So on day 8, you can explore the Causeway area (remember that it is best to visit the actual stones early am or later afternoon to avoid the day tour buses) then follow the Causeway Coastal Route back to Ballygally castle. This drive (without stops) will take a good 1.5 hours and covers a scenic route. If adventurous take the Tor Head detour:) This will give you a good length of time to explore the Causeway Coast and glens area as you will be able to do a nice beach walk or even see the stones on the late afternoon/pm of day 7.
I know this means a lot of driving on day 7 but I do think it is the most sensible plan given your accommodation and other plans.Edited: 23 January 2013, 20:35