My fiancee and I are planning on 12 days driving around Ireland starting in late June 2019. We're staying two nights in four places: Kilkenny, Dingle, Westport and Dublin. We LIKE to drive. I've driven through Scotland and I know travel takes longer than what people are usually used to so no need to comment that we're crazy on our schedule. We are free to tweak the schedule at any time. The only drive that I know will be a tough one will be the drive from Dingle to Kinvara on day 8.
Kilkenny has me a bit flummoxed: we're spending two nights here and not sure when to see Rock of Cashel - on our way to Killarney National Park or fit it in during the one whole day we have in Kilkenny - I'm opting for the day we are in Kilkenny. I'm following a lot of Rick Steves' suggestions on driving the Ring of Kerry, the Burren and Connemara Loop.
Day 1 - Arrive in Dublin at 5am from Boston, rent a car: drive to Brú na Bóinne and get there when it opens, then to Hill of Tara and spend night in Trim at Highfield House.
Day 2 - Leave Trim and drive through Wicklow Mountains on R115 (Old Military Road) past Glenmacnass Waterfall, possibly stop at Glendalough and head to Waterford to see Waterford Crystal, then head up to Kilkenny and spend two nights at Mena House.
Day 3 - Kilkenny Castle, Smithwick's, Rock of Cashel - not sure yet of when we go to any of these on this day
Day 4 - Leave Kilkenny and drive to Killarney National Park (Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, Muckross Estate, Ladies’ View), then to Kenmare and maybe see the Stone Circle and spend night at Muxnaw Lodge.
Day 5 - Ring of Kerry (driving counterclockwise) to Portmagee - maybe visit Valentia Island.
Day 6 - Scheduled to go to Skellig MIchael (keeping fingers crossed!) and then finish ROK heading to Dingle for two nights at Greenmount House. If Skellig Michael trip gets cancelled then plan B would be to explore more of ROK, still working on this scenario.
Day 7 - Spend day in Dingle - poke around town, drive around Slea Head Drive.
Day 8 - Long day of driving from Dingle to Kinvara: Conor Pass, Tarbet Ferry, Cliffs of Moher (maybe), drive through Burren (stopping at Hazel Mountain Chocolates, too) to Kinvara Guest House.
Day 9 - Leave Kinvara and head to Westport - drive along coast through Roundstone and Clifden with a stop at Connemara National Park to stretch the legs, Aasleagh Falls, Dough Lough Valley and then to Lurgan House in Westport for two nights.
Day 10 - Poke around Westport - Croagh Patrick if the weather is good
Day 11 - Drive to Dublin from Westport with a stop at Loughcrew Cairns, drop car off at airport and head in to Dublin for two nights at Academy Plaza Hotel
Day 12 - Dublin - still considering on what to see
Day 13 - flight leaves for Boston at 11am
Any suggestions/comments would be welcome, thank you!