We had been planning our long-awaited first trip to Ireland, and while we had a general idea of a few places & things we *had* to take in, it was getting overwhelming to narrow down all the possibilities. Also, wondering what a realistic itinerary would be for a self-drive tour. Connie of Emerald Isle Tours was a lifesaver. She made a custom itinerary that accommodated our own "must-see/do" list, combined with delightful other places and experiences, that made each day exciting, yet personal and comfortable. There were also enough options and flexibility built in, that we could adapt it when we needed to (lingering over coffee near Cliffs of Moher) without throwing off the whole schedule.
Another plus of having an itinerary, it kept us moving. There is so much to see and do in Ireland, I fear it would have been easy to dally in many places, but then we would have missed out or had to cut short on things that were ultimately important to us! Connie's itinerary didn't make us feel rushed, but it did help with pacing ourselves - allowing enough time to really "visit" a place, rather than just "stop by". And the lodging places were outstanding!
If you are stuck in your own planning, unable to make a decision, like we were, I highly recommend contacting Connie, she will be the lifeline you need to rescue your vacation with a sane but fabulous experience. We loved our time on the Emerald Isle!