My partner and I have the good luck to travel 28 days in Ireland next May/June, our first visit. I would welcome any suggestions on this proposed itinerary! We're in our early 60's and will have a car. We're fairly active, enjoy walking, small towns, participating in local activities, pubs and music, neolithic and early Christian sites, staying away from tour buses! For the most part we plan to stay in BnBs, occasional hotel, would do a hostel private room. Budget approx 125 Euros/night average.
I'd especially like input about organizing the 4 days in southwest Cork and 4 days in Kerry, as well as any accommodation suggestions in those areas.
20 May: arrive Dublin 11:30am (overnight flight from SFO)
20-23 May: Dublin (3 nights) ; pick up car midday on the 23d
23 May: Glendalough (1 night)
24 May: drive to Bantry, stopping along the way wherever we want. Maybe Clonmer for lunch?
24-28 May (4 nights) Southwest Cork: any combination of Beara / Sheepshead / Mizen pensinsulas, coast - Skibereen, Baltimore - and/or Goughan Barra. It seems Bantry would be a good base, but it's not calling me... would rather stay on one of the peninsulas but then that wouldn't be a central enough location...
28 May - 1 June (4 nights) West Kerry but not planned yet - ROK, also my partner has extended family in Cahersiveen and Castleisland so probably will meet with some of them.
1-4 June (3 nights) Dingle town and peninsula.
4-6 June (2 nights) Fleadh Nua music festival, Ennis.
6 - 12 June (6 nights) Donegal. We are thinking 1 night in Killibegs, 3 nights in Glenties (I have family from this area, hope to do some genealogy research between now and then), and 2 nights in the northeast (also want to see Derry).
12 June (1 night) stay in Portstewart or nearby
13 June: long day of seeing Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle, then on to Belfast
13-15 June (2 nights) Belfast: Conflicting Opinions tour, Eileen Hickey Museum, St. George's Market
15-17 June (2 nights) Dublin
17 June return flight to SFO 11:30am
Thanks so much. This forum has been a wealth of information!