Hey there - I've created an itinerary for 3 of us for 12 days in Ireland and our goals are to see as much as possible and enjoy the locals as much as possible - though I'm not sure how possible it will be to do both! This is what I've secured for our itinerary:
Day 1 - we arrive in Dublin at 8am and will drive to Kilkenny to see the castle, St Canice's, and Rothe house. From there we will drive to Rock of Cashel (how much time should we allow for this?) and continue to our first overnight in Dingle. Hoping to spend some time in a pub or two before crashing for the night.
Day 2 is in Dingle also where we will drive the Dingle Peninsula Loop Trip (from R Steves' book - anyone know how long this might take?) Also considering Windows of Diseart, distillery, and walking exploration - and also hanging out in some pubs
Day 3 we drive to Doolin (anything to stop and see/do on the way?) - where we will see the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and hang out in some pubs
Day 4 we drive to Rossaveal and ferry to Inishmore where we will stay the night and do some island exploring as recommended in Rick's book
Day 5 we leave island on 5pm ferry so we have some time to relax and explore some more on Inishmore - and end up in Galway - hoping to catch the arts festival (anyone know the dates for this?)
Day 6 Connemara Driving Tour from Galway (how long should we allow for this - I know it's an all day event but I'm curious about a ballpark number of hours?) - overnight in Galway
Day 7 drive to Donegal (is there anything to stop and see/do along the way or do you have any tips?) - Slieve League Cliffs maybe?
Day 8-9 staying in Donegal and considering these sights/activities: blo karting, Northern Ireland coastal sights such as Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick a Rede rope bridge and Dunce Castle - in Inishowen itself, visiting the most northerly part of the country - Malin Head and then touring around scenic drive "Inishowen 100". Also in the peninsula you could visit the Doagh Famine village which takes you back it time to see how people survived in this area from Famine times till now. Also have numerous ancient monuments and crosses to visit, and if the Irish weather holds up, lots of beautiful beaches to explore.
And of course Glenveagh National Park (Please, I would love some recommendations :)
Day 10 we drive to Dublin (can anyone recommend anything to do along the way?) At 7:30 that night we are doing the Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
Day 11-12 we are scheduled for a Pat Liddy walking tour, St. Patrick's Cathedral Evensong, and Book of Kells/Trinity College. (What are some other MUST SEE/DO things?*)
Day 13 our flight leaves from Dublin at 9:35am
I would love to hear anything you have to share - I know this is an ambitious schedule, but I try to do as many things as possible since I may never be back! Thanks for your time and consideration :)