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4 day/3 night itinerary beginning and ending in Dublin

We will be visiting Ireland in March to visit our son who is working in Dublin. After spending three days in Dublin, we want to head south by car for three nights. We want to visit Kilkenny, Cashel, possibly Kinsale, the Dingle peninsula, and County Clare/The Burren. Is this realistic? Where should we spend our nights? Thank you for any advice you can provide!

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It is not possible to see all that in three days. I seem to remember drive from Kinsale to Dingle is between four to six hours, maybe four if you stop for,nothing. Suggest you just stick to the east this time Cashel, Blarney, Kinsale, up to Cobh and then back to Dublin.

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Assuming you leave Dublin early on Day 1, you have three full days IF you fly out on Day 4. If you drove straight to, say, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, it would take over 4 hours with no stops. There goes half of the first day. You could see the Burren and the Cliffs that afternoon, perhaps stay in Doolin and hear some music that night.

Day 2 Doolin to Rock of Cashel will be about 2.5 hours (again, with no stops, so you need to factor in time for photo ops and lunch). You will want maybe an hour or so there, then could head on to Kinsale (about two hours) for the night.

Day 3 Kinsale to Kilkenny will be slightly over three hours. You could visit briefly, but if you fly out on Day 4, you will want to stay nearer to Dublin that last night.

No Dingle. You just don't have time to do it justice in a day, even if you gave up Kinsale.