I understand fully if you all are done with my obsessing. But this seems remarkable to me.
For months I have worked on my Dublin-Athlone-Clifdon-Mayo-east Donegal-west Donegal-Sligo-Galway-Dublin route for our September trip. 17 days, 9 stops, 1300km /800miles /17.5 hrs driving.
Some parts I just couldn't quite get right in this "shoot west to Clifden then loop north in a figure 8" itinerary.
I have just discovered that simplifying the route to a loop with no backtracking makes a world of difference. The moving day drives that were 2-3 hours magically are now 1-2 hours. The1300km/ 800miles/ 17.5 hours route contracts to 980km/ 608miles/13.5 hours. Saves time and petrol while preserving all my stops and sights as well as the same if not more flexibility.
1 Sep - Monaghan! Or Cavan, somewhere towards Derry/Donegal
2-3 Sep - Ramelton. Derry en route, Fanad
3-4 Sep - Ardara. Glenveagh en route. Cliffs, Glencolunkille.