Need help with Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Inishmore and Connemara

Please help, not sure in what order to do Cliffs, Burren, Inishmore and Connemara,or good base to see all. And a few more questions. We are flying into Dublin and flying home from Shannon. Arrive Dublin May 20th, leave Shannon June 4. We will have 15 days and 2 travel days. Dublin 3 nights, (day trip Newgrange) rent car leaving Dublin and drive to Kilkenny 1 night-on way to Kilkenny (Glendalough & Powerscourt)also(Wicklow mountains?? Can we drive through on way to Kilkeny? Kinsale 2 nights- Rock of Cashel, Cahir Cashel, Charles fort. Should we see Muckross House, Killarney Nat park on way to Dingle? Dingle 3 nights (Dingle loop, blasket island) We are not sure if this works. Leave Dingle, take ferry to see Cliffs of Moher and Burren, sleep either Doolin or Lisdoonvarna, 1 night in this area. Galway, 2-3 nights to see Inishmore & Connemara and Cong, Ashford Castle. We leave Dingle on May 29, we have 6 days. Need advice. Thank You
Jo Anne

Posted by tom
Ithaca, NY, USA
30 posts

Hi, Me again with a spelling correction. I don't have all the spellings handy so bear with me. It is Currarevagh House near Oughterard. Thanks Tom

Posted by tom
Ithaca, NY, USA
30 posts

Hi, My wife and spent two weeks in Ireland last June primarily on the West Coast. No need for a car in Dublin, so pick it up on the way out. Muckross House is worth a visit but the Park is huge and very rugged and probably best left to another time. We loved Dingle. Stayed at The Castlewood House; best breakfasts we had; short walk into town and great hosts. We hired a car and driver to take us through the Pensinsula-Dennis Ryan. He was great; allowed me to see the sights and not have to worry about driving.Take the cruise out into Dingle Harbor. It is about two hours and great scenery. Great food and pub music in Dingle. One night in the Burrens is fine; see the Cliffs by boat out of Doolin. Much more scenic than standing on top and looking down. Lots of places to stay; avoid Mount Vernon; very expensive and unfriendly We stayed about 10 miles north of Galway at Currevaugh House outside Outerard. It is an old manor house with wonderful hosts, food and rooms. Great place from which to explore Connemmara. Take the ferry to the Aran Islands out of Rossaveal. We hired Bob and his horse drawn buggy on the island and it was terrific. He meets all the boats- he has a red wagon with a canopy. I would skip Clifden; very touristy and crowded and somewhat tacky; Roundstone is a pretty village. We didn't get to Wesport but wish we had. The "Quiet Man" bridge is near Outerard and a pretty place.
Enjoy, Tom

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7682 posts

Tom is referring to Oughterard, not Outerard.

Posted by tom
Ithaca, NY, USA
30 posts

Hi Joanne, Its me again. I stand corrected on the spelling of Oughterard. Also, my wife just informed me the name of the man who took us around the Aran Island was John, not Bob; but look for the red horse drawn wagon with a canopy. Have fun. It was our best overseas trip. People are friendly and helpful, food-especially fresh seafood- was incredible, the pub music was charming.
Another great place just south of Dingle is the pretty town of Kenmare. Rick Steve talks it up and rightly so. We stayed at The Shelburne Lodge and it was wonderful. Best, Tom