I'm debating the car or bus/train debate. I'm taking my parents to Ireland (they are great travellers and love going to elderhostels and chatting with folks but they are in their 70s). I'd like to rent an automatic and am fine with driving in big cities (NYC) but my parents prefer train/bus travel and are a bit nervous about car rental on small Irish roads and I don't want to stress them out . Here is my itinerary for July travel:
* Dublin arrive 2 days then overnight train trip to Belfast.
* Waterford Factory Tour I'd like to see Rock of Cashel. Are these two near each other? Are there day tours from Dublin?
* 1 day Kinsale, 1 day Kenmare, 1 day Ring of Kerry, 3 days Dingle.
See Cliffs of Mohr.
Head to Galway and do Aran Islands and Connemara.
My question is driving distances and would it be easy to drive a car out of Dublin to do South and West and then drop it off before heading to Galway;
Do East and Day tours of Waterford/Rock and then train out to Galway - do all the stuff in Galway and then Renta car for Dingle and Ring of Kerry?
Last question: Our flight leaves at Noon from Shannon. Are buses reliable from Galway to the airport or should we stay closer like Ennis on our last night. Thanks for all inpurt.