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16 dy itinerary advice: self drive including the North

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IRELAND DRIVING PLAN AND ITINERARY : 9/1-9/16

Would love ideas/feedback after having read all TRs I can find as well as travel books. We are seasoned travelers, but this is our first trip to Ireland. We don't mind long drives with beautiful scenery. Love historical places and the outdoors.
Mainly, we have questions about early part of trip: how many nights for Antrim Coast (1 or 2)?
also, any changes to overnights on way to Galway?
we are driving Connemara, visiting Kylemore on way south and via Clifden/Doonlough valley

all advice greatly appreciated!!

9/1 fly from U.S to Dublin: arrival is 5:15 AM, get car and visit Newgrange (opens at 9)
drive to Belfast: and overnight
Titanic exhibit
9/2 Black Cab tour: 11/2 hr time Paddy Campbell
drive to Antrim Coast : see Carrickfergus, drive coast, carrick a rede bridge
sleep near Bushmills
see Giants Causeway if time around sunset or following morning
maybe do Bushmills tour, see Dunlace
??? stay 1 or 2 nights near Giants Causeway????
if we only stay 1 night, would you suggest staying near Sligo: and visit Achill Island on the way
we plan to stop briefly at Derry to see murals/walls and also Donegal Castle on way south

9/4 drive to Westport and sleep
9/5 drive Connemara : Kylemore Abbey, Clifden,
sleep Galway
9/6 visit Aran Island
sleep Galway
9/7 drive through Burren: Ballyvaughan to Cliffs of Moher
drive , to Killimer-Tarbert ferry to Dingle, sleep Dingle
9/8 drive Slea Head loop
sleep Dingle
9/9 drive to Killarney: visit Muckross, Ross Castle
sleep Killarney
9/10 explore Killarney region (in case of rain: maybe visit Beara)
9/11 drive ROK
sleep Killarney
9/12 drive to Cahir, ROC and get to Kilkenny
maybe visit Cork
9/13-16 to Glendalough, Powerscourt to Dublin and drop car
sleep Dublin 3 nights before leaving afternoon on 9/16 to US

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