We're excited about our first trip to Ireland. We will be arriving in Dublin early on Sept. 16 after a transatlantic flight. I have a few questions about how best to spend the middle of our trip. I realize that exploring the south and north are not recommended on the various forums, but we really want to see Belfast and the Giant's Causeway. We are an active couple who enjoy hiking and nature, but also enjoy cities and getting to know the local culture/people. Here is our itinerary:
Sept. 16 Arrive in Dublin
Sept. 17 Free day in Dublin
Sept 18 pick up rental car and drive to Cahir spending the night there
Sept 19-21 Killarney
Sept 21-22 Tralee (wanting to do Dingle peninsula, but end up a little north, explore a town we can walk in, and is a little busier for a Saturday night, is this a good option?)
Sept 26 Drive to Belfast
Sept 27 Giant's Causeway
Sept 28 Explore Belfast, drive back to Dublin and return rental car
Sept 29 Return flight leaving at 1400
I'm wondering if maybe we should just spend the 1 night in Kinvarra area, 2 nights Clifden, and 1 night Galway? Would this make more sense?
Any insight you may have would be appreciated. Thank you!