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Ireland Itinireary - Is this

I've come up with the following itinerary for a September trip to Ireland. It's my 1st trip and the 2nd for my father. Is this too aggressive?

DAY 1-4: Dublin (Tourism and Family History Research)

DAY 5: Collect Car @ Airport; Glendalough (Glendalough, Co. Wicklow); National Stud (Kildare Town, Co. Kildare)

DAY 6: Co. Carlow (Possible family links)

DAY 7: Dunbrody Famine Ship (New Ross, Co. Wexford); Irish National Heritage Park (Wexford, Co. Wexford)

DAY 8: Kilkenny Castle (Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny); Rock of Cashel (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

DAY 9: Old Midleton Distillery (Midleton, Co. Cork); Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Center (Cobh, Co. Cork); Charles Fort (Kinsale, Co. Cork); Don Herlihy’s Historic Town Walk (Kinsale, Co. Cork)

DAY 10: Kerry the Kingdom (Tralee, Co. Kerry); Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (Shannon, Co. Limerick)

DAY 11: The Burren (Kilfenore, Co. Clare); Cliffs of Moher (Liscannor, Co. Clare); Ferry from Rossaveel to Aran Islands

DAY 12: Aran Islands

DAY 13: Ireland’s First School of Falconry (Cong, Co. Mayo)

DAY 14: Giant’s Causeway (Co. Antrim); Old Bushmills Distillery (Bushmills, Co. Antrim); Dunluce Castle (Portrush, Co. Antrim)

DAY 15: Bru na Boinne [Newgrange] (Donore, Co. Meath); Trim Castle (Trim, Co. Meath)

DAY 16: Return Car @ Dublin Airport; Fly Home

Would it be better to stay in the area we just visited or the one we are going to visit the next day? I'll be doing the driving and would prefer to be off the roads by nightfall.

All comments are welcome...

Posted by
977 posts

Hi Kristi,

I have been fortunate enough to have been to Ireland twice and am currently planning my 3rd trip for next March.

Ireland lends itself, I think to a gentle pace to enable you to just stop and admire the amazing natural wonders you will see. Driving, especially off the beaten track, is quite slow and time consuming.

I am allowing 2 days in each place of interest. I think you could easily cut back a couple of days in Dublin.

Enjoy God's own country

Posted by
19 posts

Hey Kristi;

We are going to Ireland in September to, but unfortunatly only for 1 week.

I have made a discovery regarding car rental that may help you also. We are picking our car up at the Dublin south city office. This is located outside of the busiest part Dublin @ The Courtyard, Cranford Centre, on Stillorgan road. If you are going to Glendalough, this will be on your way. That way you don't have to travel all the way back to the airport and then back south.

Maria at Lynden B&B said this is about 10 minute taxi from Dun Laoghaire. You could take DART to Dun Laoghaire, and then taxi to car rental office.

Posted by
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I just returned from 11 days in Ireland. Your itinerary sounds all-inclusive but may be too ambitious. Driving is exhausting; generally allow an hour to travel 30 miles. For example, on Days 8 & 9, I doubt that you can drive from Cashel to Kinsale with time left for sightseeing along the way. Also, Don Herlihy's Town Walk is in the morning only. We spent 2 nites in Dublin, visited Glendalough with an overnite in Kilkenny. Then 2 nites in Kinsale, 2 in Kenmare, 2 in Dingle. Last nite in Ennis to be near Shannon airport for flight home. Even this was not a leisurely pace. If possible, pick up your car in Dublin city and avoid going back to the airport. Follow Rick's advice and assume that someday you'll return to Ireland.

Posted by
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I agree with Mary Anne. This is doable, but you and your father may be very stressed. Most roads have only two lanes...I take that and a half! Driving will take much more time then you realize, as my husband and I found out. It didn't get dark until 10:30, but this was in June, not sure how it will be in September. It's so beautiful, you'll really just want to stop and enjoy. Have fun!

Posted by
153 posts

I agree with the earlier replies. On our first trip to Ireland, we attempted an aggressive itinerary such as yours. We spent our whole vacation in the car!

For example, the Rock of Cashel is a good destination for a day. Kilkenny is a good destination for another day.

You will average 30 mph or so driving over there. It just takes longer than you can imagine to get anywhere, and driving on the left is very tiring.

Posted by
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In my humble opion you are missing one of the best of Ireland Dingle Town and the Dingle Peninsula.Also a day in Galway is also very nice.

Posted by
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Thanks for everyone's input! I've made several adjustments to my itinerary, so please consider this posting as Closed.

Posted by
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Me and the wife stayed in Wexford Town at Abbey House B&B, The Hosts were the best. Its located in downtown Wexford so you can walk to shopping, food and pubs, It was only 70 Euro for 2, Ensuite and the best breakfast in the world, We will go back for sure