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Please comment on my Ireland itinerary

I will be in Ireland with my family from July 9-18. We'll land at the Dublin airport at midday and were planning to drive to Adare and spend the night. Then we were planning to spend two days going around the Ring of Kerry. (I'd love a suggestion as to where to spend the first night on the Ring of Kerry )and then planned to spend the second night at Kenmare. From there we'd like to drive along the coast to spend a night in Kinsale and then up to Cork for two nights. The day after that, we planned to drive to Dublin, via the Rock of Cashel and then we'll stay out our last three nights in Dublin to fly home midday on the 18th.
We've never been to Ireland before and we aren't sure whether this would be too much driving. Would it be better to center our trip around either Cork or the Ring of Kerry or does this look reasonable? Also, we're open to changes and suggestions and I really appreciate your help! Monica

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A few thoughts:

  1. The main problem with the Ring of Kerry is that you need to have alternate plans in case the weather does not cooperate. It can be rainy or foggy, and you can spend a whole day seeing nothing. Since you also plan to drive the coast to Kinsale, do you really want to spend so much time just driving along the coast?

  2. Cork is not generally where people would spend a couple of days, but it does give you easy access to Cobh, Blarney, Cahir, and Cashel.

  3. Adare is a going to be about a 3.5 hour drive from Dublin airport with no stops. If you arrive at midday, it will be at least mid-afternoon before you get your car and get out of the airport. Are you going to be up for that long a drive after an lengthy flight? If you already have accomodations set there, you will need to let them know that you will be arriving late.

  4. You are missing one of the iconic sites of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher. If you drove toward Galway instead of Adare, you could see the cliffs and then head south toward the Killarney/Ring of Kerry area. You might consider spending that first night in Liscannor or Lahinch.

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I think your first day is far too much. Suggest you start your trip with a few days in Dublin without a car. Then you can rent car and perhaps go south towards Kinsale, up to Dingle, spend two nights there, then by taking ferry to Doolin area for cliffs and eventually back to Dublin for last night. Or you could rent car and head directly west to Doolin, cliffs of Moher and then head south and eastward back to Dublin. Much prefer dingle over ROK. That is just our opinion. Enjoy.

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I appreciate this advice so much! Thank you very much as it's hard to know what to do just by reading. I like the idea of going towards the Cliffs of Moher first and then to Dingle. I'll go work on the details. Thanks again!

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Based on your advice, I am wondering what you think of the following itinerary.
We are at Dublin airport at around noon on the 9th. We're just flying from London so we won't have jetlag.
We would drive to a place near the Cliffs of Moher (I think you recommended Lahinch and Liscannor) and spend the night, seeing the Cliffs first thing in the morning on a boat tour. (Would you recommend we take a tour that also takes us to one the Aran Islands?)
Then we would drive to Kilmer to catch the ferry to Tarbert and then on to Dingle to sleep there the second night. (Is this too much for one day? Should we stay a second night near the cliffs?)
Then we would stay in Dingle 3 nights and explore the Dingle Peninsula.
We would then drive to Adare for the fifth night and back to Dublin for an additional four nights.

We could easily spend another night or even two on our road trip as that would still leave us 2-3 days in Dublin.
Do you have any suggestions for the extra nights?
For example, would you recommend we go to Galway before we head to the Cliffs?

Thanks again,
Monica

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Since you plan on taking a boat tour, your first night should probably be near Doolin, where you will catch the boat. It's also a good spot to hear traditional music. Liscannor would be next closest, and I can personally recommend Moher Lodge on the Liscannor road, just about five minutes from the Cliffs.

Your trip makes a lot more sense now. I would not spend a second night near the cliffs, but the drive to Dingle will be about 3.5 hours, so just be aware of the time that you will need to head that way. It will be light late, but you would want to let your B&B know if you are going to be very late. With the length of your trip, I probably wouldn't bother with Galway. There is always next time!

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The drive from Dublin to Adare can be long so another option would be to train to Limerick and pick up the car there. The Ring of Kerry can be done in one day but if you were going to break it up you could stay just in Kenmare both nights or one in Portmagee and one in Kenmare. If the weather is good, you could do a side trip out to Skellig Michael (highly weather dependent). As for the rest of the itinerary, I think it was answered well in the previous posts.

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To me it just doesn't make sense to go into Dublin to get train to Limerick. You would have to schlep luggage from airport to Dublin train station and then train to Limerick and then get car rental. Since you are at airport, just rent car there, in my opinion.

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We recently returned from a trip to Ireland, taking in sights from Limerick north to Donegal and south to Blarney and Kenmare. We stayed at Rockcrest House B and B in Kenmare. Our hosts recommended taking the Ring of Kerry south one afternoon (we went past Sneem), then turned around and came back to Kenmare. The next day we went north to Adare, following the Ring of Kerry through the Killarney National Forest, saw the Torc Waterfall, and went north after that. I had heard that Dingle was preferred by some over the Ring of Kerry. By taking our hosts suggestion, we were able to see the most interesting parts of the Ring. This also allowed us to visit the Farmer's Market in Kenmare (we were there on a Wednesday). That was very enjoyable. I have to say, I thought Kenmare was the prettiest and most quaint of the towns we visited. And when you read that travel in Ireland is slower compared to the States, believe it! I loved the quaint towns, the roads and driving past farms. But the tradeoff is that travel is slower, and it will make your trip more enjoyable to allow more time for driving when you plan your itinerary. Have a great trip!