We are flying from the U.S., probably Newark to Dublin on Saturday, June 12, 2021. My grandfather is originally from Kenmare and I wanted to take our three kids, ages 14, 13, and 10. Starting in Dublin, we were planning on staying in Ireland for 5 nights and flying over to Edinburgh (from Dublin) for 2 nights, and then to London for 5 - 6 nights.
(Note: I really wish there was a direct flight from BWI, Philly, or Newark to Shannon. But I know with COVID and everything else, it's pretty much not even possible. We can only fly Sat. June 12 or Sun. June 13).
For the Ireland leg, we'll be renting a van. Is Waterford even worth visiting anymore? Would you drive directly from Dublin to Kenmare? As I recall, Cork isn't necessarily the most exciting place to visit for a first trip. What loop would you plan? This is our children's first visit.
If you have any suggested itinerary for the Scotland and London legs of the trip, please do advise! We think we'll take public transportation in Scotland and taking the train to London from there. We're open to renting a car or taking public transportation in London and on the day excursions from there.
Thank you so much for your guidance! :-)