Hello, Ireland experts!
My husband got a very sudden business trip to the UK and at the end of his trip, we've decided to take a vacation in Ireland. This will be our first time in Ireland, though we've been to England and Scotland before.
Because this trip was so sudden (3 days notice....), we are scrambling to juggle the long business trip (3 weeks long) and the last minute planning for the Ireland vacation. So we'd very much like your help.
These are some of the things that we came up with that we'd like to see in Ireland, without too much idea on how long it'd take to get there or see them. The only thing set right now are: we arrive in Dublin at night on Friday, August 5 and fly out from Belfast on Sunday, August 14 (to Heathrow then to home, Seattle).
Could we get your thoughts on how best to see the following list that we have come up so far? We were thinking of staying several days in Dublin and Belfast, making them our homebases for daytrips. Will we need a car or will it be good with the van/bus tours? A mix of both? (Husband is good at driving on the left side of the road and also with a manual car, but I don't want him to be exhausted from driving every day.)
- Giant's Causeway + Rope bridge Trinity College (Book of Kells)
- Hop on Hop off tour
- Irish whiskey tour
- Temple Bar (pub street)
- Pub tour (music or literary)
- Guinness Brewery (maybe)
- Game of Throne tour (maybe)
- Ring of Kerry
- Cliffs of Moher
- Blarney Castle
- Staying or at least visiting some of the castles
- Waterford crystal factory (maybe)
We have decided that for our personal preferences, we are skipping the Kilmainham Gaol and all Titanic-related stuff.
Aside from them, I'm sure we're forgetting some fantastic things, so if you have some unforgettable places from your past travels or any other tips, please share!