Hi Ireland Forum-
My husband and I are being overly optimistic and have booked refundable airfare into and out of Dublin in September. Yes we know it might not happen but thought we would try. We really loved Scotland a few years ago and wanted to give Ireland a try. We like natural scenery, castles, historic homes, day hiking, and other outdoor pursuits. Ireland offers so much it was hard to choose but we have settled on mostly the West coast for now. We do not mind moving every few days. I have always found the feedback on Rick's forums to be helpful so I am hoping to get some feedback here. We will have a car that is already booked and refundable for the nights outside of Dublin. We have been reviewing previous threads and after a ton of mulling things over have come up with the below ROUGH itinerary. Please let me know what you think we should toss, keep, or change. Thank you!!
Dublin 3 Nights
Kilkenny or Glendlough 1 Night : Thoughts here. We plan on stopping at the Gardens of Powerscourt, drive through the Wicklow Mountains and try and stop at Glendalough. I know Rick suggest Kilkenny but I wasn't sure. Any thoughts?
Kinsale 2 Nights : After stopping at the Rock of Cashel head to Cobh and end up in Kinsale. The second day will be spent in Kinsale.
Kenmare: 3 Nights: Not sure on the order here but interested in Killarny National Park with a visit to Muckross House and possibly the Kissane Sheep Farm. Part of the R.O.K and possibly Beara. Had thought we could do the ROK and head to Dingle. Any feedback? Do we need more time here?
Dingle: 4 Nights Relax some. Slea Head Loop Drive, hiking, maybe Great Basket Island etc.
Doolin or Galway 2 Nights: Not sure on a stop here. Some say the Cliffs of Moher shouldn't be missed others say it is a must do. When I mention tour buses my husband cringes so we typically like to hit places like this early or late. I have heard that the cliffs on the ROK are just as amazing.. Still deciding on the Aran Islands and which one.
Westport or Clifden 3 Nights: Explore Connmara, possible hawk walk at Ashford Castle, hiking..
Dublin Airport or near 1 Night
And.. That is a wrap!! Please let me know what you think. I will look forward to your replies and I am so thankful for your help.