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2 itineraries

I am spending 3 days in Ireland, flying to Iceland then spending 7 days in Ireland. Any advice?

Itinerary 1

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin and drive to kylemore Abbey and sightsee on the way. Then stay in Clifden
Day 2: Hike Connomora Park, Stop in Galway. Stay in Doolin.
Day 3: See the Cliffs of Moher and Burren Lands. Stay in Dublin.

Itinerary 2

Day 1: Go to Powerscourt Gardens and Glencolough. Stay in Slieverue.
Day 2: See Waterford Cystal Factory and Rock of Cashel. Stay in Castlemaine.
Day 3: Tour Dingle Peninsula. Stay in Castlemaine.
Day 4: Ring of Kerry. Stay in Castlemaine.
Day 5: Hike Kilkerney National Park. Stay anywhere (not sure).
Day 6: Sightsee Dublin, stay in Dublin.
Day 7: Sightsee Dublin, stay in Dublin.

Thanks in advance

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Greetings from Ireland! Its a crazy world we live in when you can break up a holiday in Ireland with side-trip to Iceland. When the Norwegian Vikings used to drop off their Irish slaves in Iceland, it took them many weeks of dangerous sea-travel!

Itineraries look good, though you will be driving constantly in some of the plans. Dublin to Kylemore Abbey and then onto Clifton is a long drive and you'd need to be careful with the driving on the narrow (and beautiful) roads and bye-ways of Connemara.

Itin 2 is good, but I need to ask, why are you choosing Castlemaine as an overnight venue when Dingle and Killarney are only an hour away. Do you have family connections or friends there? its an unusual choice.

Hope it all goes great for you, enjoy Castlemaine ;)

Le meas/with respect
Stephen McPhilemy
Rick Steves ireland Tour-Guide

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We randomly booked the Mountain View B&B, based upon online reviews. Do you have a better recommendation. We are staying there for three nights. The night of Day 5 we were leaving open to give us some leeway. Any suggestions for that night.


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It seems like it might make more sense to spend all of your first itinerary in Dublin to sightsee...

Then, when you come back, spend most of your week out touring the high points of the rest of the country that you're interested in. That would save you from doubling back and returning to Dublin twice.

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Thanks for the advice. We had talked ourselves out this, but then reassessed it after your suggestion and have improved our trip. Thanks again.