We have 9 days in Ireland to travel (this includes arrival day/8:30 am arrival which will be a Dublin recovery day). Is it possible to see and hike in the giants causeway area and eventually make our way down to the Ring of Kerry or is this just too much geography to cover? We are avid hikers and have our sights set on hiking Slieve League cliffs as well as the longer hike at the Cliffs of Moher. Our goals for the trips are to have hikes with stunning views and evenings experiencing smaller towns listening to music and soaking up the pubs. Any thoughts??
It can be done but you will spend a lot of your precious nine days traveling between locations. Consider doing Kerry another time. Here are some other hike possibilities to explore;
County Donegal—Mt Errigal, Glenveagh Park, An Port, Poison Glen (BTW we thought Slieve League was much better than Cliffs of Moher)
County Mayo—Croagh Patrick, Doo Lough Valley
Connemara—Connemara National Park, Inishbofin (requires a short ferry ride)
County Clare—the Burren
That is too much distance to cover in such a short time , especially if you are planning to walk as well. Restrict yourself to two of these areas - either Giant's Causeway and Slieve League OR Galway, Burren and Kerry.
We also though Slieve League much nbetter than Cliffs of Moher and was quieter too. Donegal is much under rated and ignored by many visitors.
I assume you realise that Northern Ireland is part of the UK and used pounds while the Republic of Eire (Ireland) uses the Euro?