Hi! We are planning a road trip around Ireland this September and would appreciate any suggestions for what is feasible to see and do in the amount of time we have available. We will be spending a week on Isle of Man then traveling back to Dublin for 10 days in Ireland. We enjoy scenery, crafts, historical places...and would rather take our time to enjoy what we see than travel at a hectic pace. Thanks in advance for your help.
One of the sites we used to prepare for our 3 week Irish trip was Pinterest. You can find oodles of ideas there of what to see and what to miss under the search for Ireland.
To avoid asking you more questions than providing you with answers I will make a few assumptions: you haven't been to Ireland before, you are renting a car, your 10 days exclude arrival and departure days, you have 9 nights and you are departing from Dublin as well as arriving in Dublin. With those assumptions in mind I would choose two and no more than three other areas to see and stay in besides Dublin. Upon arrival in Dublin I would rent a car and head west to Galway/Connemara spending 3 nights there. Then head south to either Dingle or Kerry and spend 3-4 nights there. I would then head back to Dublin stopping at the Rock of Cashel and/or Kilkenny on route. I would then return the car and spend the last 2-3 nights in Dublin. Depending on interests, from Dublin I would consider day trips to Belfast, Newgrange or Glendalough/Wicklow/Powerscourt.
Another web site to look at is http://irelandyes.com/ She is an American woman who specializes in Ireland and will help you plan your itinerary and book B&Bs etc. I used the forum to ask questions and keep me on track, and one of my cousins used her to plan her trip with her mom and said it worked well.
Also see ideas at https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/ireland/itinerary. You can do it more slowly, but usually not more quickly.
Thank all of you for your suggestions!
Unless you are on the unscenic highway, driving is slower than you anticipate. Allow for that in your planning