Honeymoon trip. We will be arriving in Dublin early on a Sunday morning in late September (already have the tickets booked, can't change to Shannon.) We will be leave 9 days later from Dublin (Mon). Here's what we have and why. I have a particular conundrum that I will highlight. Fiancee is interested in medieval type era of history, golf, and beautiful views. I am interested in beautiful views and the history of republicanism and the struggle for independence. We're trying to see as much as we can without overdoing it- do want to relax and have some bases.
Day 1: Pick up rental car- drive down to Cork area. Stop at Rock of Cashel. Maybe go to Blarney and see the sites (but neither of us have interest in the smooching the rock :) ). Get checked in at Cork. Wind down.
Day 2: See some of Cork. Go to Cobh, see museums there. Get adjusted. Stay in Cork.
Day 3: Drive along County Cork coast- go through Skib, Clonakilty, etc. (my genealogical trail). Up through Bantry and Kenmare. HERE'S THE DILEMMA. Not sure where to end up on this day. He's interested in less coast and more castle- is the Killarney area and the Ross Castle worth it? Or should we head somewhere on Kerry Way or Dingle? I know Killarney is a busy tourist mecca and people seem shocked that we're not doing either Kerry or Dingle..... Because of other priorities I'm not sure that we'll have time to really enjoy Ring of Kerry or Dingle.
Day 4: Leave from wherever we ended up. Take the ferry from Tarbert to Killimer. End up near Lahinch. Relax, plod around, maybe golf. (this is why the travel time from day 3's final destination matters- can flex this day and Day 5 around some as far as what we do....)
Day 5: Maybe golf some this morning etc. See Cliffs of Moher on day 4 or 5. Drive leisurely. End up in Galway.
Day 6: see Connemara or Aran Is. Drive later that day back near Dublin (I know this will be one of the longest hauls- not sure how to avoid it). Stay near Newgrange (big on the list unless this idea is preposterous).
Day 7: Try to see Newgrange early. Drop car at airport, shuttle in to Dublin sans car. Late afternoon/evening in Dublin on this day
Day 8: Dublin (not taking any more Dublin out, his grandmother grew up here and he really wants to see it, and I'm interested in some of the historical sights.)
Day 9: Fly out.
Open to feedback on all of it but especially interested in thoughts about the Kerry, Dingle, Killarney dilemma. Can't fit even close to that all in but don't want to cut the things around it.
Also, if it's helpful, we come from a fairly spread out place in the US and are used to a decent amount of driving in daily life- we like road trips.