My wife and I are heading to Ireland for the first time in early June. With only 5 nights, trying not to plan too much and become too worn out to enjoy ourselves (also want quality time in the pubs for dinner and a few beers before bed). Planning to rent a car and travel down to ROK (Waterville looks like a good location) and Dingle. Flying into Shannon from here in Charlotte NC is the same price as Dublin. I’m thinking that may be a nice option to avoid traffic and a busy airport, but Dublin looks like a good option for arrival day before renting the car to explore. So 2 options. Thoughts and comments on either plan.
fly into Shannon and then drive to dingle that day? Is this too much driving for being jet lagged (we’d probably land at around 6:30 am) in a new country diving on the opposite side of the road? I do plan on taking a half of an ambien (sleeping pill) for the flight, so I should have about 4 hours of sleep in me. Any suggestions for a good halfway stop for a nice chance to get out and stretch and see something interesting but not invest too much time and energy?
Stay 2 nights in dingle and 2 nights in Waterville. Thoughts on a spot for a 5th night on the way back to Shannon. Flights home are at about noon.
fly in and out of Dublin. Then we could stay first night in Dublin, and then drive down to dingle in the am of our second day (2 nights in dingle). But if we then did 2 nights in Waterville, the drive back to Dublin to catch a noon flight would be basically impossible. I’d maybe do a night in Waterville and the 5th night somewhere north of cork (I haven’t researched the east side of Ireland though). It looks like cork is 3 hours from Dublin airport.
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