Well, after a postponement from last fall to this coming October, and with helpful comments from you folks here on this RS forum, here is the proposed itinerary for our trip to Ireland. Please feel free to make any comments.
Ten nights, flying in and out of Dublin from Philadelphia
Day 1 – Arrive Dublin. Immediately travel to Galway. (Train from Hueston preferred, bus from airport possible) Explore Galway. Sleep Galway.
Day 2 – Explore Galway. Sleep Galway.
Day 3 – Pick up rental car in or near Galway, head to Burren & Cliffs of Moher. Sleep Ennis.
Day 4 – Leave Ennis for Dingle. Explore Dingle and area. Sleep Dingle.
Day 5 – Explore Dingle and area. Sleep Dingle.
Day 6 – Leave Dingle, drive to Kinsale. Explore Kinsale & area. Sleep Kinsale.
Day 7 – Explore Kinsale & area. (Cobh?). Sleep Kinsale.
Day 8 – Jettison rental in or near Cork, train to Dublin. Sleep Dublin.
Day 9 – Dublin. Sleep Dublin.
Day 10 – Dublin. Possible short side trip? Sleep Dublin.
Day 11 – Fly home from Dublin.
Miscellaneous, to assist anyone who might be moved to comment: Just my wife and I, 56 and 60. Both physically able. We like walking or strolling, but no interest in serious hikes. We like strolling around a quaint town, shopping maybe, and sitting with a bottle of wine or a Guinness and admiring a view. We would like to get a flavor of Ireland, but without madly scheduling this and that activity. We like to eat out but are not foodies by any stretch. We are “plain eaters”, so larger towns with a variety of restaurants is important. A pizza and a bottle of wine is wonderful. We would like to see/tour at least one classic castle somewhere along the way. For various reasons, I am thinking we will skip any boat rides, such as to view the cliffs, or to go out to Skellig Michael or the Aran Islands. Not yet having researched a car rental, I am hoping that my plan (pick up upon leaving Galway, drop off after leaving Kinsale/Cork area) will work. We would prefer to avoid crowds and super-touristy things, such as kissing the Blarney Stone. (I already have the gift of gab.) As to lodging, we would like to shoot for an average of under $200 per night, if that can be done. No interest in churches, unless there is some overriding reason to visit, and no interest in any kind of sports. Not sure exact dates yet, but likely early to mid- October. Thank you for any comments!