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help with 7 day/night itinerary to Ireland

I would love opinions on our itinerary:

Day 1: fly into Dublin from VA in the morning, rent car, check in hotel and see as much of Dublin as we have energy for.

Day 2: check out and do the Wicklow Mtns, Powerscourt, Glendalough and then driving to Kilkenny to check in for 2 nights.

Day 3: do Kilkenny and if time on same day, do Cashel and/or any smallish places close by. Spend Kilkenny evening enjoying Irish music and dinner. SLEEP.

Day 4: check out and drive to Dingle Peninsula for 2 nights in Dingle. Only problem is they have their annual Regatta that weekend which is exactly when we arrive. Check in and do the peninsula, enjoy Dingle and again, music and dinner. SLEEP

Day 5: Another day and evening around Dingle.

Day 6; Drive to Cliffs of Moher (unsure about how long this might take), do the cliffs and stay overnight in Doolin, which is very close by.

Day 7: Check out of hotel in Doolin and do whatever,(suggestions anyone?) making our way back to Shannon Airport area to finish out the day, spend night and fly out next morning at 9:00 A.M.

Is this too ambitious? Thanks for your thoughts on the matter. Norma

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Hi, Norma: You'll be getting lots of inputs, so I'll start it off: Day 1: Do NOT rent a car until you're ready to leave Dublin. Instead, make your way to your hotel, check-in, then use the hop-on / hop-off bus to see the sights and get on and off as you please. Day 3: Combine your trip to Cashel (awesome) with a side trip to Cahir...we loved the castle and the town and got one of our best tours there. Check it out at
Day 6: Take the Tarbert ferry to shorten the Dingle - Doolin leg. You want to avoid driving around Limerick at all costs. Day 7: Check out Bunratty Castle and Folk Village, Durty Nelly's, etc. and stay at a B&B near Shannon. Suggest Bunratty Lodge B&B. Alternative, if you can get there early enough to make it worth your while, splurge your last night on Dromoland Castle...look for deals to get the cost down. All in all, your plans look doable and the pace doesn't look too bad. Just remember to leave enough time to take in the pubs and the local scenes. Have a great trip!

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Oh, yeah, a couple of B&B recommendations for places we've stayed: In Kilkenny, Hillgrove B&B (we still dream of Margaret's porridge and Irish mist in the mornings). In the vicinity of Doolin, the Berry Lodge B&B in Miltown Malbay - great food and warm hostess. B&B's are the only way to go if you want to really make some new Irish friends.

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Roy and Ken, thanks for the posts. I'm scribbling down the suggestions for Cashir and B & B's, etc. I did separate my Days upon writing it, but, then it got all glopped together. I hope this helps. N

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Good job...looks like you have put some extra thought into your plan, not rushed. It even has a little flexibility built-in, just in case. Things you don't plan on just seem to happen.

If you decide to visit Cahir (not Cashir) and you have some extra time, the Swiss Cottage tour is very interesting and it is located in a great forested area. Also, just south of Kilkenny is Jerpoint Abbey...well worth a visit.