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5 Day Trip--Need help with itinerary!

My boyfriend and I will be taking a 5 day trip to Western Ireland. We would like to see as much as possible but also enjoy ourselves and not spend too much time rushing/driving from place to place. Please give me your input on our itinerary as I am unfamiliar with how much time we should allow for each attraction/what to add or take away. Thanks so much!

Day 1:
(Landing at Shannon at 8:45am)
-drive to Kilarney or Kenmare (which is preferable?) with a stop in Limerick or New Castle for lunch along the way
-sleep in Kilarney/Kenmare

Day 2:
-Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula excursion (choose one or worth doing both on separate days?)
-sleep in Kilarney/Kenmare

Day 3:
-Kilarney National Park
-Drive North to Doolan (or other coastal town?) for the night

Day 4:
-Cliffs of Moher
-Drive to Galway, sleep in Galway

Day 5:
-Evening and sleep in Galway

Happy to take any tips on great places to stay, eat, etc. I appreciate all the help :)

Posted by
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A great coastal town to stay in by Doolin is Fanore at the Orchid House B&B. We loved Kenmare and would choose over Kilarney.

Posted by
356 posts

Go to Kerry or Galway, don't try doing both. Five days is about long enough to relax in the west. Don't try to spread yourself too thin over too many places. Ireland is about slowing down and relaxing. Drive less and walk more. (God I miss home.)