Thank you everyone!!! You have all been so helpful & believe me, we're paying attention & taking your advice! We've hired a private driver -- not the way we'd like to go & pretty pricey, but Bob's dealing with a few side effects left from a medical situation a couple yrs. ago while in his 50's, & I'm afraid the added stress of driving would take from his enjoyment. He's doing great & would not hesitate to drive anywhere here in the states (including Big Sur, Sherry, which we love (-: & Going to the Sun Road in Glacier). So now you might wonder why I'm not driving -- honestly, that would stress him out even more!!! The driver we've hired sounds like a great guy, & we'll still have the freedom to go wherever we want & do anything we want, whenever we want. He'll pick us up at the Shannon airport on June 26th & bring us to Doolin where we'll spend the 26th & 27th at Ashbrooke Lodge. He's unable to get back with us until the 29th, but said he could arrange for someone else to bring us to Galway?? or maybe Adare?? or, maybe we should just take the ferry on our own from Doolin to Dingle for that extra night. Your thoughts? Here's our tentative itinerary. Some lodging is arranged, but we still have the ability to cancel & make changes without penalty.
Day 1, 6/26 -- Doolin (The Burren before we check in, & maybe walk the Cliffs late afternoon/early evening as the sun sets)
Day 2, 6/27 -- Doolin (Arran Islands - Inishmore)
Day 3, 6/28 -- Open - Adare, (stay at Adare Castle?) Galway?, or just head to Dingle either with driver or by ferry on our own?
Day 4, 6/29 -- Dingle (Slea Head drive for sure -- could use more suggestions here)
Day 5, 6/30 -- Dingle (Killarney St. Park?)
Day 6, 7/01 -- Kenmare (getting there via Ring of Kerry)
Day 7, 7/02 -- Kinsale via Blarney Castle? (skip this for a trip to Cobh, or do we have time for both?)
Day 8, 7/03 -- Open - We could do Adare or Galway before Dingle, & add this as our 3rd day to the back end of Dingle, or we could spend an extra day in either Kenmare or Kinsale, or head to Dublin for an extra night via Rock of Cashel, or ?? (your help here).
Day 9, 7/04 -- Dublin via Rock of Cashel (some site seeing or tour of Guinness or another brewery or pub)
Day 10, 7/05 - Dublin (St. Pat's Cathedral, Trinity College, etc.)
Day 11, 7/06 -- Dublin (music crawl & more sites, & pubs of course)
Day 12 -- Fly home )-:
As you can see, we have 2 open days -- one before Dingle, & one somewhere after Dingle & we'd love to hear your suggestions on how to best use these! We have other places & things written down to do along the way, but like to allow time to be spontaneous & just hike down to a beach for a picnic if we want.
Thank you again for your help -- you guys are awesome!!!
B & J
PS Jerry, we were in Murren last year & loved, loved, loved it! We stayed in Wengen, but spent the day hiking there & have decided that's where we'll stay if we go back. We also loved Gimmelwald!