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7 days in March

Hello there,

I know there are a lot of itinerary posts but just hoping to get some reassurance from experienced Ireland travelers on some changes I'm looking at making to my itinerary. I've planned a week long trip for March and it's setting in how much driving time this will all be if we try to see half the island (Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Kinsale). We only have 7 nights and I'm looking at changing things so we don't have one-night stays. We are flying in/out of Dublin so that part is set in stone. We're also really excited about Kinsale so don't really want to cancel our plans there - it seems like a really nice place to spend a couple days. If there are different suggestions instead of Waterford I'm not tied down to that, it just looks convenient with plenty to do in that area.

Dublin 2 nights - option to do day trips to Newgrange, Glendalough or Wicklow Mountains, or Belfast if we want to take the train our second day

Waterford 2 nights - do a day trip to Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny, or Dungarvan Castle

Kinsale 2 nights - could do a day trip to Cobh

Dublin last night (see Cashel on the way back if we didn't yet).

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Too much. Keep in mind that your first day of arrival you will be out of sorts and need a slow and easy walking day; ideal for Dublin and some major sight seeing. If you opt to take a trip to Glendalough/Wicklow Mountains, that will take the whole day (we did a van tour). You will only have time for an evening out in Dublin at the end of that long day. Newgrange could be combined with a drive to see other locales in that direction, like Belfast, but having to come back to Dublin that night will feel like too much rushing imho. Might be better to spend a night to the north, again, based on what your wish list includes.

I would choose one of your other destinations (Waterford or Kinsale) and give yourself an extra night there and in Dublin or the north to minimize the time spent moving and maximize the time spent enjoying.