My daughter and I will be in Ireland for seven days and am looking for advice on the best itinerary. We are most interested in beautiful, natural areas, good cuisine, and charming but not shabby lodgings. Was thinking of a mix of luxury and charming, I guess. We should include one castle stay for sure. I will be attending an art school in Galway for twelve days before our trip begins, but so far could only get a flight into Dublin, not Shannon. (Will keep looking for Shannon flights as it gets closer, and can change)
I'm thinking of skipping Dublin, or only perhaps spending an afternoon there. Since we only have seven days, we will need to also skip some of the recommended towns, such as one or more of Kilkenny, Kinsale, Waterford, and Kenmare. I'm thinking spending most of our time on the west coast from Ring of Kerry up to Connemara. Which of the four South East Coast towns listed above to you feel are the most "must see's"?
And anyone have any hidden gems they would like to share? Such excellent lodging in tucked away places? Amazing restaurants?
Thanks in advance for any advice!