Hello fellow travelers!
We are having fun researching and planning our Sept trip to Ireland. My husband will come 6 days before me and have the time of his life playing golf. I will fly over from Spain to join him for the next 11 days of non-golf travel. I have got wonderful accommodations reserved through booking.com and Airbnb that are mostly full refundable if things should make it so that we should not or cannot travel. (we are vaccinated) I am looking for a little advice for the end of our trip, regarding an extra night in Galway or coming over to Dublin mid-day to have an afternoon and night over there before we fly out the following morning. I know that Dublin is a much larger city and will have a different feel that the smaller Galway, but looking for input on other's experiences or preferences. We tend to not be huge city people, but really enjoyed having Paris as our last stop on our 21 day Best of Europe Trip 2 years ago, my only other time in Europe. I know that some people like to advise people not to try and do too much or move around too much, but that is how we roll. We like to move around and stay in different places, and with a rental car it seems pretty easy to us.
Here is our itinerary so far:
Day 1 Husband picks me up at Dublin airport and we drive to Bandon in County Cork (we live in Bandon Oregon, named after this place!)
Stay in Bandon 2 nights
Day 2 Visit Kinsale and the area. 1st full day in Ireland!
Day 3 Drive and visit Beara Peninsula and/or Killarney National Park - looking for hike suggestions
Stay in Kenmare 1 night
Day 4 Drive and explore the Ring of Kerry and drive to Dingle
Stay in Dingle 3 nights
Day 5 Explore Dingle Peninsula - we want to hike! Suggestions?
Day 6 Husband goes golfing, we may play a little put put golf together, more exploring and hiking
Day 7 Drive to Doolin, take short cut ferry Tarbert to Killmer, visit Cliff of Moher, hike suggestions?
Stay in Doolin 1 night
Day 8 Drive to Galway, possibly drive over to the Connemara, explore Galway
Stay in Galway 2 nights in a quiet residential neighborhood close to downtown
Day 9 Explore Connemara National Park- Hiking suggestions
overnight in Galway again
Day 10 Drive to Dublin airport to drop of rental car by noon. Take train to city center and explore area on foot and have our last meal at a lively pub
Stay Dublin last night
(Or skip Dublin and just stay in Galway or another town our last night) The big question here
Day 11 Fly home at noon back to Oregon USA
I know that there are a lot of questions here. Nothing is set in stone and can be changed, but I am pretty sure we are not interested in changing the first 7 nights of our itinerary. I have read the most of the RS 2020 Ireland book except for the areas which we will not be covering this trip. And listened to many of his podcasts and shows pertaining to Ireland. I am very excited and can't wait to visit Ireland! Thank you in advance to all that respond.
Update on 6/6/21
We have decided to stay with our above itinerary but have dropped the first night in Galway in order to fit in a night in Clifden and more time to explore the Connemara area. And our last night will be in Trim, only about 45 minutes or so from Dublin Airport.
Day 8- Drive to Connemara and stay one night in Clifden. Stopping in the Burren and hiking and exploring along the way.
Day 9 Hiking and exploring in Connemara National Park (Diamond Hill for sure!) then driving to Galway for one night there. We will be staying just a short walk from the center of town. Evening and next morning in Galway.
Day 10 Drive to Trim and have one last leisurely day and evening there
Day 11 Noon flight home
I am pretty happy with the itinerary now, and will look forward to seeing other places next time we come to Ireland!