Hello fellow travelers,
I’m planning a trip to Ireland for June/July 2022 with my partner and my parents. It will be everyone’s first time there, and we’ll have about 12 or 13 days. We’ll be touring Scotland first, so we’ll be flying in from Edinburgh. To please everyone in the group, I’m aiming for a mix of scenic coastal vistas, charming villages, must-see places, and off-the-beaten path sights. We want to see as much as we can without overstuffing our itinerary or feeling like we’re spending all our time in the car. Because my parents will be with us, we’re not likely going to go for long, strenuous hikes and such, or do very long drives.
I pasted a couple itinerary options below, with overnight locations in bold and en route stops in parentheses. What I’d love this group’s feedback on is:
1. Is what we’re fitting into each day realistic in terms of time at each place and drive time? Would you recommend stopping at a different place? For instance, should we stay in Westport instead of Galway?
2. Is there anything we should considering cutting to give us more time in other places? Where would you recommend spending more time? Less time? For instance, should we cut Connemara for this trip?
Thank you so much in advance!
Itinerary Option 1:
Day 1: fly into Dublin (Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains National Park) Kilkenny
Day 2: (Waterford, Cashel); Kinsale
Day 3: (Lismore, Cobh, Cork, Blarney); Kinsale
Day 4: (Stop in Skibbereen, Glengarriff) Kenmare
Day 5: (Killarney National Park, Muckross, Gap of Dunloe) Dingle
Day 6: (Slea Head Loop) Dingle
Day 7: (Adare, Bunratty) stay near Bunratty/Shannon (OR also do Ennis, Cliffs of Moher and stay in Doolin)
Day 8: (Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, Kinvara) Galway
Day 9: (Kylemore, Connemara, Clifden Roundstone) Galway
Day 10: (Drive from Galway to Dublin, possible detour to Carlingford) Dublin
Day 11: Dublin
Day 12: Dublin
Day 13: Fly home from Dublin
Itinerary Option 2:
Day 1: Dublin
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: (Glendalough, Wicklow) Kilkenny
Day 4: (Cashel, Waterford) Dunmore East
Day 5: (Lismore, Cork) Kinsale
Day 6: (Blarney, Cobh) Kinsale
Day 7: (Skibbereen, Glengarriff) Kenmare
Day 8: (Killarney National Park) Dingle
Day 9: (Slea Head Loop) Dingle
Day 10: (Bunratty, Adare, Ennis, Cliffs of Moher) Doolin
Day 11: (Galway) Dublin
Day 12: Fly home from Dublin
OPTIONS: Add a stop in Roundstone/Clifden/Connemara or extra day in Dublin or Dingle.