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7 night itinerary advice, please

Hello, I will have 7 nights in Ireland end of May. I'm stuck on the middle part of my itinerary. This is what I am thinking of, but im not sure it's the best way to go.

2 nights Dublin (arrive Dublin Airport)
2 nights in Galway (Cliffs of Moher, Burren,etc.)
1 night in Dingle

1 night in Kinsale (Cahir, Rock of Cashel on way to Bunratty)
Last night in Bunratty

Depart Shannon Airport

Does this seem like too much? Any recommendations on a more manageable itinerary? I will be renting a car and driving alone. Thank you!

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It certainly seems manageable. Keep in mind, much of your driving will be on secondary highways rather than freeways/motorways. If you look at the distance in kilometers, and figure how long it would take if it were the same number of miles, you'll end up with a decent ETA.

I drove around much of Ireland a couple years ago. My advice would be to ignore printed directions or a GPS device, with the former your directions will be forty pages longer due to the ubiquitous roundabouts, and with the later you'll be constantly nagged for the same reason. I just memorized the names of two or three good-sized towns that lay between me and my destination and wove my way through the roundabouts accordingly.

Try to allow time to drive around the Dingle peninsula. This may strike some as heresy, but I preferred it to the Ring of Kerry.

If you're running out of time/energy towards the end, I'd pick Rock of Cashel over Cahir (but Cahir is cool, too).


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Thank you, Chuck! I appreciate your advice, especially the driving tips. Just booked my Dingle B&B, and only have Kinsale left to book. Again, thanks very much.

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Thanks, Chuck. Your photos are stunning, and of artist quality. I hope you've framed some of them. They make me anxious to begin my trip to Ireland. I've decided to stick with my above itinerary and have B&Bs booked for each night. Thanks again!

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Went to Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland~the most beautiful was Dingle area. Breathtaking!