Hello everyone! I will be flying into Dublin soon and I will have an almost full 7 days in Ireland (not including flights). I have been researching different sites that I would like to visit. I am currently creating my itinerary and I realize it will likely change as I travel, but I am okay with this! I will be backpacking, staying in hostels, and will not be renting out a car as I am on a bit of a budget.
I was wanting to get ideas and suggestions from locals or people who have visited for my journey. Before I start planning activities on specific days, I wanted to put down my overall travel plan and see what you all think. I plan on staying in some of the main cities and taking ventures from there to explore the surrounding areas.
Here is what I have so far:
Day 1: Arriving in Dublin at 10am.
-I plan to spend this day in Dublin exploring the city and local parks, breweries and pubs.
Day 2 & 3: Use Irish Rail to South Ireland.
-I was thinking of spending the next two days in Cork to explore the surrounding areas. What are some other sites or cities in the south I should see? Maybe stay somewhere else instead of Cork?
Day 4 & 5: Use Irish Rail to Galway
-I have heard many great things about Galway and it's attractions so I was thinking of spending two days here as well. I wanted to visit the Cliffs of Moher, Arran Islands, and I heard about Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon!
Day 6 & 7: Use Irish Rail to Belfast
-I am a huge fan of GOT and wanted to visit some of the filming locations. I have heard great things about the Titanic site and Giant's Causeway, so I wanted to look into these as well. I would love to hear other suggestions about northern Ireland!
Day 8: Fly out
Do you all think I would simply feel too rushed with this plan? Should I consider staying in some places more? I do know the travel times/check-ins at hostels will take some time. Should I re-think my stay in certain places for others? Please let me know what you think!
The things I want to do for sure are:
-Explore Dublin, visit Belfast and the GOT sites and see the Cliffs of Moher and the surrounding areas around Galway. I love hiking and sightseeing.
All ideas, concerns, suggestions, etc. are welcome!