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Potential 14 Day Itinerary

Hello. I'm doing some early planning for a return trip to Ireland that hopefully will be able to happen in 2021. This time around, I'm wishing to explore the parts of the island that I haven't experienced yet, so I'll be focusing more on places in the north west. Just looking for any feedback or advice on my itinerary below. My main interests will be exploring the beaches and scenery around the Wild Atlantic Way, visiting historical points of interests, and enjoying the odd pint or two in the pubs. Thank you for your suggestions.

Day 1: Dublin (sightseeing and recovery from jet lag).
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Derry (rent car in Dublin)
Day 4: Derry (drive to Malin Head)
Day 5: Dunfanaghy
Day 6: Donegal Town (use as base to explore sights such as Slieve League etc.).
Day 7: Donegal Town
Day 8: Sligo
Day 9: Sligo
Day 10: Westport
Day 11: Westport
Day 12: Galway
Day 13: Galway
Day 14: Dublin

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Seems like a good pace. Could you just fly home from Shannon, rather than going back to Dublin?

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Hi Va. I've looked into Shannon but I would be flying back to Vancouver BC and it seems like the flight options are limited (and full of long layovers) if I leave from that airport.

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Yes, driving back to Dublin makes sense then. A few hours on the M roads, rather than making connections and layovers.

We just watched this on PBS:

It’s by an Irish wildlife photographer and he’s in his little boat along the west coast.. Very interesting to see everything from the water.

Just looking at your itinerary makes me want to go back. We’ve covered it in bits and pieces over five trips in ten years, not knowing there is such a thing as the Wild Atlantic Way. My husband has family in Mayo, but it’s been 10 years since we’ve been, since we’re exploring other places (or will resume when it’s safe.)

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Thanks for the link...those were some beautiful images. I just watched a video about Donegal and the sights along the Wild Atlantic Way, so that was a big inspiration for planning a trip like this. I've been to Ireland a couple of times, but this will be the first time north of Galway. Hoping that this is something that is possible in 2021.