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My friend and I will be in Ireland from May 10 to May 20. I have never been before and I am struggling with the itinerary Currently we are considering this itinerary:

May 10 and 11--Dublin

May 12--Kilkenny

May 13, 14, 15--Dingle

May 16, 17, 18--Galway

May 19 Dublin

May 20--fly out

Is it a mistake to spend so many nights in Dingle and Galway? Should we try to add Kinsale and Cobh? We are renting a car but neither of us wants to be in the road all the time. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My travel companion and I are in our late 40s. We're both interested in live music, history, and beautiful scenery. Neither of us is resorty and we don't play golf.

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Looks good to me, I wouldn't try to add anything to it.

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I've recently returned from a trip to Ireland and the traffic in and around Galway is a mess. If you plan to travel outside Galway I would recommend something to the outskirts of Galway. Parking also is quite hard to find. Dingle was beautiful but something more centrally located like Killarney or Kenmare for exploring the Berea Peninsula or Kerry might give you more options.

Kinsale is a nice little town and definitely worth a visit.Lots of good places to eat and pubs of entertainment in Kinsale. Cobh is easily reached from Kinsale or vice versa

We flew into Dublin and left to explore that day. It might work easier to put all of Dublin either at the front of the trip or the end of the trip instead of splitting it up. There are multiple inexpensive ways to travel from the airport to the city. Hope this helps.

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I've recently returned from a trip to Ireland and the traffic in and around Galway is a mess. If you plan to travel outside Galway I would recommend something to the outskirts of Galway. Parking also is quite hard to find. Dingle was beautiful but something more centrally located like Killarney or Kenmare for exploring the Berea Peninsula or Kerry might give you more options.

Kinsale is a nice little town and definitely worth a visit.Lots of good places to eat and pubs of entertainment in Kinsale. Cobh is easily reached from Kinsale or vice versa

We flew into Dublin and left to explore that day. It might work easier to put all of Dublin either at the front of the trip or the end of the trip instead of splitting it up. There are multiple inexpensive ways to travel from the airport to the city. Hope this helps.

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Hi there,

I too would leave Dublin to one part alone. Maybe the end section. I find leaving the biggest and most expensive part of the holiday helps with budgeting, and you've less purchases to carry around on the whole holiday. Then spend like mad on the last few days :))

I'd carve a day each off Dingle & Galway to give 2 nights in Clare, around the burren, Ballyvaughan, or other seaside towns. Doolin is popular with visitors looking for some music in pubs in the evening. Hope this helps. B

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I agree with IrishFan: it's a nice relaxing itinerary.

Kilkenny is an attractive city with some fine medieval buildings; very easy to explore on foot. If you don't want to stay in the city, then consider this lovely farmhouse in peaceful countryside a few miles away:

http://www.lawcusfarmguesthouse.com/

Not far from Lawcus Farm are Kells Priory, and Jerpoint Abbey:

heritageireland.ie/en/…

…eircom.net/%257Eosrai/kells_priory.htm

I think 3 nights in Dingle is perfect - in fact, I'm heading to Dingle with my family for 3 nights in a few weeks time. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the scenery:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19068-Best_o…

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19854-Dingle…

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http://www.diseart.ie/harryclarke/windows.htm

There are some lovely walks to enjoy:

http://www.dingleway.net/

http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/cosan.html

and if the weather is nice, I can't think of anything better than packing a light lunch, and taking the ferry across to Blasket for a few hours:

heritageireland.ie/en/…

http://www.blasketislands.ie/

This is a scenic route to Galway:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i20572-Dingle…

and yes, the traffic can be a bit busy/hectic in/around the city - but it's a small, friendly city with a great atmosphere. You could leave the car for a day and take the ferry across to one of the Aran islands:

http://www.aranislands.ie/

http://www.visitaranislands.ie/

http://www.aranislandsferries.com/

If you decide you don't fancy a city stay, then Ballyvaughan in the Burren would make a great base for 3 days: fascinating area scattered with historic sites dating back to prehistory:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i19855-Burren…

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Some great walks in the area:

http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/

I did this one last year:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

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And on your way back to Dublin, you might like to visit Clonmacnoise monastic settlement, which lies a few miles off the motorway (clearly signed):

heritageireland.ie/en/…

sacred-destinations.com/ireland/clonmacnoise…

:-)

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