We’re visiting Ireland in May, want to focus on nature (several days in KNP, eg), but want to see some history, too. I’m not sure if we are even going to go to Dublin as it looks too urban for us. (We really like quiet!) We may stay near Killarney and Kilkenny, with our final night near Shannon. Any thoughts on “must-see’s”, “wonderful to see if you come back”, and “nice but not as nice as others you’ll see”? Thank you.
1. Castles: Kilkenny tour, Ross tour, Rock of Cashel (view exterior only); Dromoland and view Dunguiare if time (is the Kinvara-Ballyvaughn drive worth the time since we'll spend so much time in the Dingle and Ring of Kerry area?).
2. Ruins: Quin, Muckross, Kells, Jerpoint, Glendalough; and Newgrange if it's open.
3. Estate Homes: Muckross House, and if time, Bantry House. Powerscourt is too touristy?
4. Cathedrals: St Canice, St Brigid’s.