Wasn't sure if we could get away nor if we could find award tickets, but it seems we can and are now scrambling to devise our itinerary and get lodging. My hubby and one teen are arriving early on 7/22 to see U2 in Dublin, so they'll have two nights there before the rest of us arrive. I will be arriving early on 7/24 with 3 more teens. We will be flying out of Shannon on 7/30. Given our brevity of time, we were going to stick to the south and west and plan a return trip to properly see the other parts of the country at another time.
Given the ages of our group, our interests are more in being active and seeing the natural beauty of Ireland than focusing on the history, although visiting a castle would be nice if easily includable. We hope to do at least one day of hiking and plan to spend our evenings in pubs with lively music or playing games together. We are ok to rent a car or use a guide or use a combination of the two. Since there will be five or six of us, it will have to be a larger vehicle.
Any recommendations for our 6 day itinerary that starts in Dublin and ends near Shannon? Lodging could prove challenging at this late date, especially near Dingle, where we hope to spend two nights, but I have found some options that could work I think, but we need to firm up an itinerary so I know where to look when. Appreciate any help in sketching this out as I try to get up to speed quickly for this trip.