Hi- We are in our late 40’s and flying from the US to DUB for the 1st time in early May. We have 12 days in Ireland and want to rent an automatic car as we don’t drive stick. We have traveled countless countries but all were via cruise ship so destinations were set and there was no stress in planning our days on land.
Ireland will be our 1st total DIY trip in another country. We are excited about this new experience but I am super stressed about where to even begin planning this trip. Our day jobs are very demanding and stressful so my goal is to plan as much in advance as possible so we can relax and have fun all while being as stress-free as possible while on vacation. If I were to be honest, I’d say I am nervous about not having a set itinerary like on a cruise ship but am so excited about really experiencing a country vs. only spending a few hours in each location before heading back to the ship.
We are flying into DUB around 10 AM, getting a car and want to go to a location outside of Dublin but are aware that we might be tired and need to acclimate and get used to driving on the other side of the road. We want to explore Ireland by 1st heading south and ending our trip in Dublin for a few days before flying home. The plan is to drop the car off at the airport and to get transportation to to Dublin.
As we travel, we would like to find a ‘home-base’ for a day or two and travel to different places each day before moving on to another ‘home-base’ for a few days. Our possible want to sees are below but please let me know if the order of destinations to visit makes sense, if something is not worth seeing, if there is a good location to stay in for a few nights to create that ‘home base’ and any other details you think would be helpful.
1st possible stop on day 1-
Wicklow- maybe see Wicklow Mtns and Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall- Is Powercourt closed in May?
Other places we’d like to visit-
Kilkenny- visit Rock of Cashel, Swiss Cottage?
Waterford- Waterford factory? What else is there to do?
Cork- is Kinsale near Titanic Cobh, Blarney Castle- not really interested in Blarney Castle but would like to maybe see a castle.
Killarney- Killarney Nat’l Park, Muckross House and Gardens
Kerry- Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall, Molls Gap
Maybe Dingle- drive the Dingle Penninsula (any suggested stops)
Clare- Cliffs of Mohr, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Maybe Galway- not sure what to do
Drive across Ireland to Dublin airport to drop off car and get transportation to Dublin for 2 nights stay.
Thank you so much-