We have been working on an itinerary for some time but may need to shorten our trip. We'll be traveling by rail and bus as my husband is 75 and renting a car is difficult at that age, not to mention really expensive. We plan to book day trips out of a few bases. If we have to delete one or more of these, which would you suggest? I understand that this is completely subjective but find the opinions of those who have been there to be valuable. Our travel style has leaned heavily toward "fast travel" but we may slow down a bit for this trip. We're primarily interested in seeing natural beauty and wandering quaint streets but will include some of the "must sees" in Dublin and elsewhere. Given our age and the many other places on our bucket list, this may be our only trip to Ireland.
I would love to visit Rock of Cashel but had difficulty working it in because of limited public transportation. Suggestions about how best to work this in would be greatly appreciated.
Arrive Dublin early AM (2 nights) - Tour sights; half day trip to Wicklow National Park/Glendalough
Kilkenny (1 night) - Early train; spend day exploring Medieval Village
Cork (Cobh) or Kinsale (2 nights) - wandering and eating
Killarney - (4 nights) - Explore Killarney and National Park; day trip to Kenmare, Ring of Kerry; day trip to Dingle Peninsula
Galway - (3 nights) - Explore city; day trip to Cliffs of Moher; day trip to Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey
Return to Dublin (1 night) - fly home.
Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences.