We are flying in to Dublin and out of Shannon in late August for 2 weeks. We are two people (married, in our late 50's) and want to have a relaxing vacation, not changing hotels every two nights. Any itinerary suggestions? Really want to see Dingle Peninsula. We have Rick's book, but want a more laid back itinerary. Help??????????????
Diane, i visited Ireland in October of 2009 and i can tell you this.We planned to do a lot of things but i soon realized that almost every major attraction opens at 10:00am and close quite early (like 5:00 or 6:00) So, one suggestion from me would be to study the schedules in advance and try not to do too many things in one day as you probably wont have time to do a lot.Which means more time in the town you are visiting and time to relax.And remember that if you are driving, roads are small and, a lot of times, is just a one lane road.So schedule time between places and towns because even though Ireland is an island it still takes some time to move around.Hope this helps, enjoy!
thank you! Every piece of information always helps when planning a trip.
Possibly skip Dublin and fly in and out of Shannon. Stay west and relax.
Spend a few days in Dublin and take day trips to New Grange up north and to the sites south of Dublin. Then drive to Dingle. It's a long drive; you might want to break it up with a stop somewhere like Kinsale. If you stay in Kinsale, you'll have time to stop at Blarney Castle or Killarney National Park on your way to Dingle. You could even do the Ring of Kerry on the way. Spend a few days in Dingle, then drive up to the west coast (take the Tarbert ferry) and stay somewhere like Doolin or Galway. From there you can see the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher and take a ferry over to the Aran Islands. You'll be fairly close to Shannon for you flight out.
Check out homeaway.com for week long self catering - there's one place in Dingle - Wildflower Cottage - that has both B&B and self catering options on a daily basis - not just full week. We haven't been there yet, but it looks like a good option in Dingle. Also, look at irelandexpert.com for focused Ireland travel advice.