Greetings to the Ireland experts and travelers.
Four of us plan to tour Ireland by car June 8-21. We have booked a great fare requiring flying to Dublin instead of Shannon, but our main desire is to explore western Ireland. I am concerned that our resulting itinerary is too ambitious and would appreciate comment and advice.
June 8 - arrive 2:35pm. Pick up car and drive south towards Wicklow for about an hour. Pre book a hotel or b&b near Powerscourt gardens.
June 9 - Tour Powerscourt gardens and Glendalough. Is it possible to also see Avoca handweavers? Head towards Kenmare via Kilkenny. Stay in Kenmare as a base. I am really concerned about this day being packed!
June 10 - 12 or 13 - Ring of Kerry and Dingle peninsula. Read that the nearby Beara peninsula is as pretty and less touristy than Ring of Kerry. Do we miss much if we opt out of the Ring of Kerry? Stay 3 nights? I am wondering if we should do 3 nights in Kenmare and 1 in Dingle/Tralee so we have 3 - 4 days exploring?
June 13 or 14 - head to the Burren, Cliff of Mohr, Doolin for 1 day via ferry from near Dingle peninsula to County Clare. How frequent is the ferry service? Find a B&b in or near Doolin or towards Galway.
June 14 or 15 - Drive around to or past Galway. Find B&B as base. We would like to go next day to Aran islands so is it better to be near Rossaveel? Are there B&Bs that allow parking while on the islands? Is there parking for overnight visitors by the ferry?
June 15 -16- take ferry to Aran islands from Rossaveel. Spend one night. Find B&B on island.
June 17 - 20 - base ourselves somewhere and explore Connemara and Galway.
June 21 - return to Dublin airport - do we drive direct from Galway to Dublin airport, turn in the car, pre-book airport hotel with shuttle to and from airport? Do we tour along the way- possibly stopping at Trim and Hill of Tara and turn the car in in the evening (depends on rental office hours),
June 22 - leave early morning.
Thank you for any and all advice.