I’m in the early stages of planning a trip to Ireland and Scotland with my husband for June/July 2020. We will have about 10 days in each country. For Ireland, we are thinking of
2-3 nights in Dublin
3 nights in Galway, mostly as a home base to explore the surrounding areas (The Burren, Ashford Hawk Walk, maybe Connemara)
3-4 nights somewhere to explore Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, and a day trip to Skellig Michael
I’m trying to figure out where the best place (or places) to stay for Dingle, etc... My hang up is most of the ferries leave for Skellig Michael from Portmagee in the morning so I don’t want to stay too far away, ideally an hour or so drive. However, I don’t want to pick just one night to stay in Portmagee since the trip to Skellig Michael is so weather dependent and I would like the flexibility to choose the best weather/sea day we are in the area. I’m leaning towards staying in Killarney as it looks like middle ground in that area even though it’s a bit farther from Portmagee than I’d like, but I’m open and eager for suggestions.
Is there something that you would recommend we add or subtract from our trip? We are a couple in our 30s who enjoy hiking, history, and good food. Ashford Hawk Walk and Skellig Michael are a must for my Star Wars and bird of prey loving husband and we will be flying in/out of Dublin. Other than that, we are very flexible.
Thanks so much for your suggestions!