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Honeymoon in Ireland - Too much in Itinerary?

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Honeymoon in Ireland - Too much in Itinerary?

Hello everyone,

My fiance and I will be going on our honeymoon in Ireland. We're leaving from the east coast US on Sunday June 13 and will be arriving in Dublin early morning Monday June 14. We will be departing from Shannon on Monday June 28 mid morning. We drafted a potential itinerary, but wanted help from the experts to see if we're being too optimistic about our itinerary or if anyone has any other tips. Here is our potential itinerary:

DAY 1

Arrive in Dublin

Dublin Sightseeing (Hop-on/Hop-off Tour)

DAY 2

Dublin Sightseeing (Hop-on/Hop-off Tour)

DAY 3

Leave Dublin @ 9:00 AM

Arrive in Carlow @ 10:15ish PM

Explore walled gardens and castle grounds @ Duckett's Grove

Find food @ 12:00 PM in Carlow

Headout for Kilkenny @ 12:45 PM

Arrive in Kilkenny @ 1:30 PM

Take Kilkenny Castle tour

Look around town until dinner time (St. Kierans College, St. Canice's Cathedral, The Tholsel, etc)

Dinner @ 6:00 PM

Head out @ 7:30 PM to Cashel

Arrive in Cashel @ 8:30 PM

DAY 4

Head to Rock of Cashel @ 9:00 AM (1-2 hour tour)

Head out to Cobh @ 10:30-10:45ish AM

Arrive in Cobh @ around 12:00 PM

Explore town a little (St. Colman's Cathedral, shops, etc) before lunch

Lunch @ 1:00 PM

Leisurely explore Cobh for the rest of the evening (Titanic Trail, etc)

DAY 5

Head to Blarney Castle @ 9:00 AM (2-3 hour tour)

Quick(?) visit to Blarney Wollen Mills

Head out to Cork @ 11:30ish AM

Arrive in Cork @ around 11:45 AM

Explore town a little (University College Cork, Saint Finbarre's Cathedral, shops, etc)

Lunch @ 1:00ish PM

O' Conaill's Chocolate Shop

Leisurely explore Cork for the rest of the evening

DAY 6

Head to Kinsale @ 10:00 AM

Grab breakfast in Kinsale @ 10:30 AM

Take Historic Stroll of Kinsale @ 11:15 AM (1.5 hour tour)

Grab quick lunch and head out to Kenmare @ 1:30ish PM

Take coastal route (2 hours 20 mins), allowing additional time to stop for pictures

Arrive in Kenmare 5:30ish PM

Dinner @ 6:00 PM

Leisurely explore Kenmare for the rest of the evening

DAY 7

Lazy day exploring Kenmare, driving one of the peninsulas, or Killarney

DAY 8

Head out early to Portmagee for a 10:00 AM Skellig Island tour departure (hour and a half drive)

45 minute ferry ride to Skellig Michael, 2.5 hours on island, 45 minute ferry ride back

Quick visit to Ballycarbery Castle

Leisurely finish Ring of Kerry (counter-clockwise) stopping for pictures

Find dinner in Kenmare around 6:00ish PM

Pass by Torc Falls & Ladies View on way to Killarney

Visit Killarney National Park

DAY 9

Head out to Kissane Sheep Farm @ 11:00 AM

Visit with sheep, watch sheep dog demonstration

Take 1.5 hour Moll's Gap walk

Bring picnic/leftovers to eat at Moll's Gap

Head back to Killarney

Leisurely explore Killarney (Muckross House, St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, shops, etc)

Dinner @ 6:00ish PM

Explore more of Killarney

DAY 10

Leisurely drive the Dingle Peninsula

Explore Tralee (Blennerville Windmill, Fenit Lighthouse)

Back to Killarney for the night

DAY 11

Leisurely drive up to Doolin along the coastal route (Cliffs of Moher)

Lunch in Tralee or somewhere along the way

Dinner in Doolin

DAY 12

Cliffs of Moher/Aran Islands cruise 10:00 AM-2:15 PM

Lunch in Doolin or Inis Mor (?)

Head out to Galway for the night

Dinner in Galway

DAY 13

Bunratty Castle tour (2 hour tour)

Leisurely explore Ennis/Shannon area

!

DAY 14

Leisurely explore Galway + any other last minute places

DAY 15

Depart for US from Shannon

Thank you all in advance for your help! We look forward to hearing from you!

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1. Re: Honeymoon in Ireland - Too much in Itinerary?

Our best advice to you would be to drop the precise timings! These kinds of schedules really don't work in Ireland where there's a pretty relaxed attitude to time and things rarely happen on time in all areas of life here. In addition it often takes much longer than you can imagine to travel even short distances. Virtually nothing happens when it's supposed to or takes as long as it should and that's pretty much accepted as a given here. Having such a precise schedule is likely to cause you stress and heartache as you fall further and further behind, which is pretty much guaranteed! And we would urge you to make time to linger in places you like or to take time to soak up the atmosphere or to enjoy an unexpected sight or experience - in other words, to relax and go with the flow and where the road takes you. Having an itinerary is a really good idea but choose one which works for you rather than the other way round.

In the US you tend to head for restaurant dinners a lot earlier than we do in Ireland. The most popular time for restaurant bookings when Irish adults are eating out is around 8pm (unless it's very casual food). This is reflected in the fact that menus available in a good many restaurants before 7.00pm - 7.30pm (i.e. before peak time) are called 'early bird menus' and are usually cheaper. We don't really have family restaurants in the same way as you do in the US and eating at 6pm,whether in a pub or restaurants, means that you are more likely to be sharing the space with families and young children whereas eating a little later means you will be more likely to be in a more relaxing adult space.

You'll find lots of information on all aspects of visiting Dublin in the Top Questions about Dublin on the right hand side of the Dublin Forum. We'd recommend staying in the city centre which is compact and easy to get around on foot. If you are planning to use the HoHo, we'd recommend the Dublin Bus HoHo - tickets are usually cheaper when booked online. But you won't need the HoHo for two days. We'd recommend using it on one day to do a circuit of the city on one day (takes about an hour) and then using it to visit those sights which are a little further out of the city centre, such as Kilmainham Gaol, the Guinness Storehouse and the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. Most of the rest of the popular sights and attractions as well as the best traditional pubs, restaurants and shopping are within an easy stroll of each other in the city centre and the easiest way to visit them is on foot. You'll find maps and information giving you an idea of the scale of the city centre in the Top Questions about Dublin section.

You won't need a car in Dublin and it's really not a good idea. You'll can find out more about why if you go to the Top Questions about Dublin section - just click on 'How can I get around Dublin?' for more information. Therefore you'll need to allow time on Day 3 for picking up your rental car. There is only one rental depot (Thrifty in Lombard Street) that we know of in central Dublin and while other companies claim to have city centre/downtown depots, these are in fact in the suburbs and you'll need to take a taxi to them. Our advice would be to return to Dublin Airport to pick up your rental car for a number of reasons:

- there's much more choice

- the depots there have longer opening hours

- you won't have to drive through the city centre (not advisable) on your way out of Dublin as DUB is adjacent to the M50 motorway (beltway) which has exits to all of the main routes around Ireland

- it's much easier to get to grips with driving a strange vehicle on the 'wrong' side of the road and to navigate out of Dublin via the M50 than to attempt to drive through the city centre or via the suburbs.

If you want to be leaving Dublin Airport with your car by 9am, then you will need to leave central Dublin around 7.30am at the latest. Keep in mind that you will be driving out into Dublin rush hour traffic so your ETA for Carlow is just not realistic (so you're precise schedule is likely to slip considerably form the word go!).

Day 3 is going to be a long and tiring day for you, so leaving Kilkenny and driving to Cashel after dinner that evening is not a good idea. There's actually very little in Cashel other than the Rock so staying the night in Kilkenny is a much better and more relaxing idea. Kilkenny has a good many good quality and affordable restaurants and you'll also have an opportunity to visit some of its charming pubs (some of the best in Ireland). You could then head out for Cashel the next morning (the drive should take you just over an hour) relaxed and refreshed.

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2. Re: Honeymoon in Ireland - Too much in Itinerary?

Congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

And with regards to your time in Kerry:

DAY 8

Head out early to Portmagee for a 10:00 AM Skellig Island tour departure (hour and a half drive)

45 minute ferry ride to Skellig Michael, 2.5 hours on island, 45 minute ferry ride back

Quick visit to Ballycarbery Castle

Leisurely finish Ring of Kerry (counter-clockwise) stopping for pictures

Find dinner in Kenmare around 6:00ish PM

Pass by Torc Falls & Ladies View on way to Killarney

Visit Killarney National Park

*** Not sure if I fully understand the above. You will take Skellig Tour and then complete the Ring of Kerry via Cahersiveen but then back to Kenmare to Killarney to Cahersiveen again to have dinner in Kenmare to once again drive to Killarney via Ladies View and Torc and still have time to visit the National Park. I am not sure if you have a map of the area yet but look here to see what the area and routes you plan look like: www.moorings.ie/Kerry-Map-Location.aspx I would suggest you do not plan to much after your trip to Skellig. Perhaps lunch at the Moorings before heading to Cahersiveen and the castle but return to Kenmare that night rather than attempting to do a complete tour of the ROK. It will be nice to have the option of returning to a familiar place after your boat trip. That evening, relax and enjoy the town of Kenmare.

DAY 9

Head out to Kissane Sheep Farm @ 11:00 AM

Visit with sheep, watch sheep dog demonstration

Take 1.5 hour Moll's Gap walk

Bring picnic/leftovers to eat at Moll's Gap

Head back to Killarney

Leisurely explore Killarney (Muckross House, St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, shops, etc)

Dinner @ 6:00ish PM

Explore more of Killarney

*** And so on Day 9 leave Kenmare early and visit Sheep Farm and Moll's Gap and on your way past Ladies View and Torc into Killarney. You will still have lots of time to explore the park around Muckross or Ross Castle and the portion by the town.

DAY 10

Leisurely drive the Dingle Peninsula

Explore Tralee (Blennerville Windmill, Fenit Lighthouse)

Back to Killarney for the night

*** Leave the Tralee options as just that as you could very well find yourself spending more time than expected on the Dingle Peninsula. Most advisors would suggest Dingle deserves at least a two night stay but you can get a decent tour in if you give yourself the whole of a day tour from Killarney. Perhaps pack another lunch to enjoy on one of the many beaches.

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3. Re: Honeymoon in Ireland - Too much in Itinerary?

In addition to the above replies, can I just suggest that on Day 11, you take the Shannon Ferry www.shannonferries.com across the River Shannon Estuary from Kerry to Clare rather than taking the circuitous route via Limerick.

Its a flat-bed, drive on drive off ferry that is small and smooth and great fun. Apparently you can sometimes see the estuary dolphins from the ferry but we haven't.

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