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6 Days in Ireland

We will be 2 couples traveling for 6 days in Ireland in early May, flying in and out of Dublin. 3 of the 4 of us have been to Ireland previously, so the challenge is to see some new territory while not shortchanging the first-timer. Here is a possible itinerary:

First 2 nights--Dublin
Drive from Dublin to Dingle via Kilkenny, Rock of Cashel, spend 2 nights in Dingle
Drive from Dingle to Galway, via Cliffs of Moher and Burren, sleep in Galway
Meander back to Dublin for last night before catching flight the next morning.

Is this a feasible itinerary? Worried about the drive from Dublin to Dingle--is that too much ground to cover in 1 day?

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I'll just comment on your question about the drive from Dublin to Dingle. It's an easy drive. I say this because the last time we were there we left the Cotswalds at 3AM driving to the west coast of England, ferried to near Dublin, bused to the Dublin airport, picked up rental car and drove to the north side of the Dingle peninsula, passing thru Trale for dinner at 7PM. So, driving from Dublin to Dingle will not be a problem.

You will have to manage your stops, Rock of Cashel went quickly for us. We didn't go to Kilkenny so don't know how long a stop would be there.

Get driving times from Michelin, add your stops and see how it turns out time wise. Might have to cut Kilkenny short.

Enjoy the Dingle peninsula, it's wonderful.

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I recommend Milltown House in Dingle if you've not booked your place, yet!

The drive from Dublin to Dingle won't be bad, as the previous comment says. However, the Dingle to Galway is another matter. There is SO MUCH TO SEE between Dingle and Galway that that requires some thought! Will you go the fast way, or take the Shannon ferry? Slower, but the Wild Atlantic Way driving route is pretty fantastic. Slow because you'll want to stop everywhere!

Kilkee, Spanish Point, Lahinch - all fabulous little villages/towns!

If you do that drive, as you go through Listowel if you need a pit stop I highly recommend the Listowel Arms Hotel. It's in the main square, right near the Irish Writer's Museum. It is one of my top 5 favorites to go to and recommend. Very old Ireland, newly renovated so it feels posh and lovely, but not worn! I stop there for a coffee every time I do the drive up north! Which is alot..... For anyone else reading this, it also is a fantastic place to stay!

Expat in Waterville, Ring of Kerry