Greetings! We will be in Ireland for 23 days (not counting our 2 travel days) in Sept/Oct of 2017. I thought I had this all figured out but after looking things over I have a few questions. First a bit of background. I am 63 and my husband is 75. We are very active for our ages but we don't want to rush from place to place. We will be flying in and out of Dublin (airfare is booked) as well as driving around Ireland starting and ending in Dublin. We will not pick our car up until we leave Dublin and I will be doing the driving (and yes I am the one who posted awhile back about needing encouragement to drive around Ireland). Roughly this is what we are thinking. We will be on the road by 9 AM and done driving by 5 PM (that is the plan and I think this will leave us leeway in case the day runs longer). We DO NOT want to drive at night.
3 or 4 nights in Dublin. If we do Newgrange from Dublin it will be 4 nights otherwise we will arrive mid afternoon and have 2 full Days in Dublin.
Pick the car up at the Dublin Airport and drive to Powerscourt and Glendalough. *****Everyone mentions driving to Glendalough and/or the Wicklow mountains. I am assuming you are including Powerscourt in this drive also???? If not which one would you chose if time was an issue? This will be the first day driving and we may not get started till 10 AM.
We will then spend the night in Killkenny. (1 night)
Kinsale (2 nights)
Killarney (3 nights)
Dingle (3 nights)
Doolin (1 night) this is to basically break up the drive from Dingle to Galway.
Galway (2 nights)
Westport (2 nights)
LondonDerry (1 night)
Portrush (2 nights)
Trim ****if we do Newgrange from Dublin Trim will be one night if not then we will spend 2 nights in Trim and see Newgrange.
We still have one day to plan in here and I was thinking of putting the extra day in at Westport or somewhere between Portrush and Trim, any thoughts???? I am also thinking about skipping Kinsale and adding those 2 days somewhere else.
So for those of you that have done the Dublin to Dublin loop do you have any insight for us? I was almost thinking I should have shortened the trip to 3 weeks (19 days boots on the ground) but the airfare is booked and we will just have to suffer our way through those extra days in Ireland :):) I did not list everything we plan on doing in each location but we DO NOT plan on driving the ROK. We will be doing Slea Head in Dingle however. We have not included Belfast in our stops and I am not sure we want to, even though I hear it is a good for a day.
Sorry for the typos but we are vacationing in Hawaii right now (enjoying a "down" day) and I am typing on a smaller than usual screen.