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Is this doable or is it too much?

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Is this doable or is it too much?

My daughter and I (both adults) are planning a trip to Ireland for next year. We will have 16 days for our trip. I have made a rough itinerary and would like advice from the experts. I know this is long so please be patient with me. We want to have time to explore and shop and visit pubs.

Day 1- Leave the States

Day 2- Arrive Dublin and do HOHO bus. We have traveled to Europe before so we do know about jet lag and how much we can do on the first day. Spend night in Dublin

Day 3- Wicklow Mountains tour. Spend night in Dublin

Day 4- Northern Ireland tour. Spend night in Dublin

Day5- Pick up rental car and drive to Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and Blarney Castle. Spend night at Blarney Woolen MIlls Hotel.

Day 6- Blarney to Glengariff (not coastal route) then Glengariff to Kenmare by way of Beara Peninsula. Spend night in Kenmare.

Day 7- Kenmare to Killarney through Killarney National Park. Spend night in Killarney

Day 8- Explore National Park. Spend night in Killarney

Day 9- Killarney to Dingle. Afternoon horse back ride. Spend night in Dingle

Day 10- Blasket Island Eco Tour and Inch Strand Beach. Spend night in Dingle

Day 11- Dingle to Doolin. Stop at Cliffs of Moher. Spend night in Doolin

Day 12- Aran Island and Cliffs of Moher Tour. Spend night in Doolin

Day 13- Explore Burren. Should we spend the night in Doolin or head to Galway and spend the night?

Day 14- Explore Galway and nearby. Spend night in Galway

Day 15- Galway to Bunratty. Visit Lough Gur and Bunratty Castle and park. Spend night in Bunratty

Day 16- Shannon airport for flight home.

Should we leave Galway for another time?

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1. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

do-able but busy!!!

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2. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

I would not spend 3 nights in Doolin. (One night there was one night too many for me.)

Also, I think you are short-changing the Burren by only devoting one day to it. We found enough to see and do in the area for nearly 3 days.

So I would adjust your itinerary to read:

Day 13--Explore Burren. Spend the night in Ballyvaughan or Kinvarra (which we really liked).

Day 14--Continue exploring the Burren. O/N Ballyvaughan or Kinvarra.

Day 15-- Drive to Bunratty, etc.

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3. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

Hi, I'm not an expert on SW Ireland, but Day 6 sounds like too much driving - maybe do an abbreviated loop of the Beara....or tour it another day.

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4. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

First of all I think you have made a very good itinerary for yourselves but you may like to think about the following.

You are going to have a lot of driving Day 6. The Bere Peninsula is beautiful

and not as developed/commercialised as some of the other peninsulas because none of the large tour buses go there.

I would agree that one night is enough in Doolin....at least you should get to

hear some Irish music in one of the local pubs but it that is not your "thing"

then I wouldn't stay there at all. Depending on how you like the Burren

(and your interests) you may or may not continue to Galway but I would

leave Connemara and the west of Ireland from thereon up for another trip.

I think you have it very well researched to cover your interests.

If you were to make any changes...you might consider Kilkenny...beautiful

small city with Kilkenny Castle and grounds to explore which link on to the

pathway down by the river. There's plenty of night life there and very old

pubs...start with the one opposite the Theatre.Hope you have a great trip!

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5. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

I like Doolin, I do at least 5 or 6 trips out there in a year but yes unless you like proper Trad or plan on getting to know the Burren a bit more than most tourists, then one night there is enough. If you fancy taking in an eco tour and seeing something more than the typecast moonscape then spend two nights, use the others for Galway and get to see some of the Connamara.

Longhorn would trade you a night in Do* for a night in Di* any time but you need to get out and about and off the main roads to get the most from west Clare.

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Day4: Driving to Northern Ireland and spending night in Dublin? I would question this, better to stay up north that night? Maybe a bit too much to include NI as well as the south in one trip. Consider going to Kilkenny, spending the night here and then you are nice and close to Cashel for Day 5.

Day6: As someone noted above this is a lot of driving in one day

Day 13: I like Doolin the pubs etc are good fun and it has a good athmosphere but I agree with the posters above it ould be better to move on and stay somewhere like Ballyvaughan before going to Galway

When in Dingle make sure to do the Slea Head Drive

Great Itinery by the way - Enjoy

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7. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

You need more time in Northern Ireland!

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8. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

well one more thought...

i would skip NI and the wicklows this trip...you will be covering a lot of space but not "seeing" the places you will be covering....

day 6 is really really busy...

day 7 you will have time to see the national park after you arrive then you could take day 8 to see the ring of kerry....

two nights in doolin will do to see the cliffs and one of the arans.....you can see the burren in route to your next accommodations...

with those changes you could spend three days seeing connemara, maybe from oughterard, which is only about 16 miles from galway and the scenery is breath taking....you would also be within driving distance of cong, kylemore abbey, roundstone, glengowla rock mine, etc.......

just a few other ideas...

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9. Re: Is this doable or is it too much?

Thanks for all the great suggestions. Will definitely make some changes. The two tours out of Dublin are with a tour company and they are being taken just to see specific sites that is why we are returning to Dublin at night. Just the help I needed so thanks again!

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