Greetings, My husband and I are travelling to Ireland this spring. We will arrive at 5 in the morning in Dublin on Thursday May 1st and our flight out of Dublin is around 11am, Sunday May 11th. This gives us 10 days of traveling and seeing the sights. We definitely lean towards loving small towns and their charm. We definitely like to stay active but we want a little relaxation, too. Here's our rough itinerary based off skimming through Rick Steves:
Day 1: Rent a car, drive north to see Monasterboice, Bru na Boinne, Trim and then south and stay in Kilkenney
Day 2: Enjoy Kilkenney in the morning, see the Rock of Cashel, drive down south and stay somewhere around Cork. I would say we would stay in Kinsale, but there is a rugby event going on and I don't know if it's a good idea or not.
Day 3: Drive along the coastline, stay in Kenmare, enjoy the town
Day 4: Stay in Kenmare, see some of the sights in the area
Day 5: Drive the Ring of Kerry, stay in Dingle
Day 6: Enjoy Dingle
Day 7: Drive the Dingle loop
Day 8: Go see the Cliffs of Moher, explore the Burren, overnight in Galway
Day 9: Drive back to Dublin, explore Dublin
Day 10: Explore Dublin
Day 11: Depart
Does this itinerary seem like a good mix of sight-seeing and relaxing? We wanted to see the Giant's Causeway but I'm afraid adding it will make it a whirlwind of a trip. Also, is it realistic to do one of the islands? Both Skellig Michael and Inishmore are intriguing, but I don't know if they're worth it. We can trim time from somewhere if needed. Thanks in advance!