Hi! I'm going on my 2nd trip to Ireland in October with my husband, who has never been before. My first trip was a blast--did all the Dublin, Southeast, and Southwest sites. My husband's not into the touristy stuff as much, so this time we're going to fly into Shannon and out of Dublin, and we have 8 nights. We're thinking of doing the northern route and trying to do some hillwalking along the way. Any recommendations? So far, I'm thinking of a Galway-Connemara-Donegal-Derry-Causeway Coast-Belfast-Dublin route. Too much? If so, what should we cut out? Thanks for any help!
For my 2nd trip I flew into Shannon, rented a car & returned/flew out of Dublin - in 7 days. Sounds a little like your plan..!
There's a driving tour I found online that my girlfirend & I followed to much success. It's absolutely worth a read:
It's divided into sections, pick & choose what you might like to do. I did everything up to the Achill Islands - we ran out of time - it is accurate and gives good advice.You have an itinerary that you could possibly do. But, it doesn't leave a whole lot of room for that extra day hiking, I'm afraid. My LP book warns that sunlight disappears closer to 5pm in October, and with the weather as it is there it might be better to do a tour where you enjoy things from your car. Unless you're looking forward to walking in the rain, then you'll probably be in luck :) One of my favorite countries on this planet, have fun!