I am coming to Ireland with my family (me, husband and 3 kids ages 15, 15 and 13) for the first time in June for 14 nights - we are renting a car. Itinerary is planned - now looking to put together a "hot list" in those areas with drives and hikes, sites and pubs/restaurants. My son and I have have Celiac and must eat gluten free, so we do have to plan in advance where we eat out. Our days will be flexible and if it doesn't all happen, that's ok, too. I am including our itinerary, because I know in some cases, we have options to experience something like a sheep farm or falconry in another part of the country.
2 nights Dublin
1 night Kilkenny
2 nights in Kenmare
3 nights in Dingle
1 night Galway ( really just to rest and break up the drive)
4 nights in Clifden/Connemara
1 night outside of Dublin and they fly home.
My question here is for Connemara - What are the best most beautiful drives drives? a couple of great hikes (under 3 mies long) and best sites? and favorite restaurants/pubs? favorite artisan shops? What are your favorites? Thanks in advance!
This is what I have I come across so far of interest:
-Sky Road at sunset, drive in a clockwise direction
-Diamond Hill Hike in Connemara National Park
-Ashford Castle - Hawk Walk. I'd also like to experience a fancy "high tea" somewhere
-Killary Harbor Fjord Cruise
-Killary Sheep farm (see sheep herding and peet bog log demo also)...OR Kisane sheep farm near Kilarney
-Great Western Greenway bike ride out of Westport
-Town of Roundstone
Artisan shops with local, handmade goods? I love local souvenirs. Knits, tweeds, jewelry, original paintings, etc.
-Matt Malloys - Westport
-EJ Kings - Clifden
-Marconi's for dinner
-Griffin's Pub in Clifden for great music