I've read the posts on this site + read RS guidebook re: Ireland. I've come up with a 13-day schedule. We could add 2-3 days, if necessary, but would rather just add days to already-decided upon destinations instead of adding new places. At the end of the trip, we're off to Scotland for 5-8 days (subject of a separate post). I've gotten feedback from travelers like you in the past, and really appreciated the help. Asking for opinions again! First time in Ireland for my husband & I. We enjoy architecture, mainly through self-guided walking tours, history, food, music, and mingling with the locals at restaurants/pubs. My husband hates to be rushed. GRACIAS!!!
-Arrive mid-afternoon from AMS. (Not counting this as Day 1). NIte: Temple Bar area.
Day 1: Trinity College; Nat'l Museum; #29 Georgian House. Nite: Lit Pub Crawl (Dublin)
Day 2: O'Connell Bridge & RS stroll; Grafton Street; Music pub crawl (Dublin)
Day 3: p/u rental car early; drive to Kilkenny; stop @ Glendalough (Kilkenny)
Day 4: Early to Rock of Cashel; lunch at Cahir; drive to Kinsale
Day 5: Kinsale
Day 6: Kinsale, drive to Dingle
Day 7: Dingle Loop
Day 8: drive to Cliffs of Moher, stay at Kinvarra B&B
Day 9: drive to Galway, 1 nite
Day 10: early start to Portrush, nite
Day 11: drive part of Antrim coast, see: Dunluce Castle, Distillery, Giant's causeway (Portrush)
Day 12: Drive to Belfast, stop at Carrick-a-rede (Belfast)
Day 13: early departure via ferry to Stranraer (then rail to Edinburgh)
Don't necessarily want to spend the nite at Belfast, but have to catch ferry and don't want to combine Antrim coast driving + ferry in 1 day.