I am panicked and wonder if I am trying to see to many places/things. Suggestions are appreciated: I have listed things to do in areas more as a guide, not an itinerary.....
May 24th Arrive Shannon, Ireland 6AM
Pick up rental car, drive to Galway, It's around 80-minute drive from Shannon to Galway. Eat breakfast enroute.
Possibly stop at Bunratty Castle to tour. (do they have breakfast locally?)
2- nights Galway May 24th and May 25th
Spend the afternoon exploring Galway city; drive out to Connemara:
Option: visit one of the Aran islands, either by ferry or plane.
*Dungaire Castle, Poulnabrone Tomb, Aran Islands, Kyle Mire Abbey
May 26th Head to Doolin (Galway to Doolin is 1.5 hr drive) I am seeing mixed reviews on Doolin. Is that somewhere to pass through, instead of stay over night?
(pit stop for 1 night en route to Dingle? -Galway to Dingle 4.5 to 5 hr drive)
this would give you the opportunity to explore the fascinating Burren region.
*Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Killkey sp?, Doolin Cave, O’Connors Pub, great food!
Q-are these activities reachable from the Galway area?
May 27th and May 28th Dingle
1 full day to explore the Peninsula
• Great Blasket,
• Slea Head: This scenic drive takes you on a circular tour of most of the Western Dingle Peninsula.
Dunbeg Promontory Fort http://www.dunbegfort.com Continue on the R559 through Ventry; you will come to Dunbeg Fort. This prehistoric defensive promontory fort clings to the cliff edge at Slea Head. Dramatic views out to sea.
Then continue to the pretty market town of Kenmare. (Kenmare 2 hrs from Dingle) for 1 night. drive via Killarney (Killarney is 1 hr from Dingle) and see some of the sights nearby:
*Kenmare: 3 hour coastal drive through charming villages, each with something to explore. Timoleague: Abbey, Clonakilty: Model railway village, Glandore: Drombeg Stone Circle, Skibbereen: Heritage Center and Great Famine Exhibition, Bantry: Bantry House.
Kenmare to Kinsale 3 hr drive.
May 30th Kinsale
Kinsale to Cashel (1.5 hour drive) allow 2 hrs in Cashel, Rock of Cashel.
Someone mentioned the medieval town of Fethard and what a gem this was. I have a note to find this place.
May 31 Cashel to Shannon Room in Shannon=??
June 1st Shannon to Edinburgh, Scotland