would really appreciate advice on ireland itinerary

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1. Posted by marychinita (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've been to Ireland once in 2014 and did a semi-similar trip (but my trip was longer, i did Cliffs of Moher/Burren, Aran Islands, Galway, Dingle, Cork, Trim, and Dublin) and i am bringing my boyfriend for the very first time. We are both on-the-go travelers and enjoy sleeping in a new place every night, just want to make sure i am not overdoing it or burning us out. Thoughts?

Day 1

Flying into Shannon from NYC (on a red eye, we plan on taking melatonin to get a full night sleep on the flight) - landing at 10am , pick up rental car, go to cliffs of moher + doolin cave and/or ailwee cave (any preference? or are the caves not worth the trouble)
lunch in Doolin

explore Limerick / dinner in Limerick

sleep in Limerick

  • **due to the amount of people concerned for sleep deprivation, an alternate option could be:

Day 1

Fly into Shannon from NYC, get rental car, go to Limerick hotel and nap, get lunch in Limerick, then Sunset at cliffs of Moher/ dinner in Doolin

sleep in Limerick

Day 2

wake up in Limerick, drive to Dingle

explore Dingle peninsula

lunch/dinner in Dingle area

Sleep in Dingle

Day 3

Wake up in Dingle

Do Ring of Kerry not sure on lunch yet, maybe we pack sandwiches

dinner in Killarney

sleep in Killarney

Day 4

wake up in Killarney

maybe do Killarney national park? or straight to blarney castle. probably pack sandwiches for lunch

dinner in Cork

sleep in Cork

Day 5

wake up in Cork

Kilkenny castle / Dunmore caves

sleep in Kilkenny

Day 6

Wake up in Kilkenny

straight to Dublin / returning rental car in city centre

Book of Kells / Jameson distillery (we are skipping Guinness factory because I've already gone and my bf isn't a beer fan)

dinner around temple bar area

Day 7

Early flight out of Dublin (7am)

i think if we dropped something i would be ok since i have done a similar trip already, and my bf doesn't care either way as long as we're exploring lol. i think cork was my favorite so i was on the fence about doing 2 nights in cork and ditching either killarney or kilkenny..? also i am very comfortable with driving the small country roads and am aware they can take time, I've driven in over 25 non-American countries overall (mostly solo trips)

Thanks in advance!!!!!

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 239 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Sounds packed with sites and sights.

Killarney is wicked scenic with the surrounding mountains, so let's hope the clouds don't hang too low. If the weather looks too grim for Killarney, perhaps give Cork an extra day and check out The English Market.

The book of Kells really pulls in the crowds and the lines to see it can leave you aghast - be prepared for that. The neighborhood around the Jameson Distillery, Smithfield, is becoming pretty "hip" so take some time to check out the restaurants there, too.

Always leave plenty of breathing room in case of traffic back ups and other unforseen events. Take a country lane (since you are okay with that) and find a nice little town on your way from one zone to the next.

My favorite is County Sligo (for hikes, lakes, quite towns and villages and little in the way of hype....although it seems to be slowly creeping in), which deserves a real hard look. Next time, perhaps?

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jun-2019, at 18:57 by road to roam ]

3. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 203 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

My personal comments and observations:

DAY 1:
Are you flying EI? If so you are landing around 6am. To check-in to the hotel that early and to have a nap you would need to book a room from the night before.

To drive straight away for a longish trip from a transatlantic flight might be challenging (lack of sleep, time difference and we do drive on the 'other' side ) Safety first!

DAY 6:
Dinner in Temple Bar. Really? Ahh common guys - can you better than that. There are so many nice restaurants in the city and why would you go somewhere like this. If you wish to have this 'Temple Bar' experience do go there for a drink or so... This is purely a personal opinion...

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
From Killarney to Cork. You could take extended tour via Dursey Island - Bantry - Mizen Head - Clonakilty - Kinsale - Charles Fort - Camden Fort Meageher - Cork. But this would delay all and you would need to drop off something or delay arrival to Dublin till late evening. Might be worth it depends what are you in to more...

Happy to answer any other questions you have...

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