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9-day Ireland itinerary

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Hi, folks! Will be in Ireland for 9 days/nights in early May for first time. Most interested in walking/hiking, ruins (pre-Christian), trad music (and pubs, of course!), concentrating on Co. Mayo, Connemara, and Dingle Peninsula.Welcome views on whether following tentative itinerary seems reasonably do-able (and any suggested alternatives to any of it anyone may be moved to offer):

Day 1 - Land in Dublin 5:30 a.m, rent car. Drive to Newgrange area to see Bru Na Noinne, Hill of Tara, maybe Battle of Boyne area. Maybe drive to, walk around Trim. Sleep in Navan.

Day 2 – Drive to Galway (city). Short visit with relatives. See Eyre Sq. area, Span. Arches, etc.
Overnight in Galway.
OR skip Galway sightseeing and evening, instead driving to Westport in the afternoon, stopping in Cong and maybe Neale and/or Ballinrobe on the way, spending night in Wesport.
Either way, what's best Galway-Westport route, eastern one (N-84 to R-334 to N-84 to R-330 (or N-64?)) or western (N-59 to Maam Cross to R-336 to R-345 to Cong to N-84 to R-330 (or N-64?))

Days 3 and 4 - Westport to Achill Isl./Atlantic Dr., including walks. Clew Archaeological Trail?
(See, not climb to, Croagh Patrick.) Louisburgh, Doo Lough Valley, Killary Harbor. (Aasleagh Falls if time.), Sky Rd., hike in Connemara Nat’l Park.
Both nights in Moyard or Clifden (or maybe Roundstone, depending on availability)

Day 5 – Inis Mor via Rossaveel Ferry (driving from Clifden to ferry by 10 am).
Last (5 pm) ferry back, drive Rossaveel to Cliffs of Moher by sunset if possible (unless skip COM)
Overnight in Doolin (or maybe Ballyvaughan or Lisdoonvarna)

Day 6 - Cliffs early a.m. if not night before. OR skip COM, see cliffs at Kilkee on way to Dingle instead.
Drive, walk in the Burren. (Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell Ring Fort, wherever else may decide.)
Drive to Dingle (to arrive before dark), taking Killimer-Tarbert ferry or new tunnel.
Overnight near town.

Day 7 - Slea Head loop, including walks, sights. (Blasket Isl if time?) See town. (Inch and So. Pole Inn?)
Overnight near town.

Day 8 - Dingle to Dublin (return car to airport, bus to Dublin). On the (very) indirect way back, drive/see/walk whichever suits our fancies and can be done from among Gap of Dunlow, Killarney Nat’l Park, Kilkenny, Glendalough (falls), Wicklow Mts.
Overnight in Dublin. (OR overnight in Kilkenny or environs, to Dublin 1st thing next a.m.]

Day 9 - Dublin – Trinity College (Bk of Kells, Library long rm.), Kikmainham Gaol, Guiness
Storehouse, O’Connell Bridge and St., Grafton St.

Day 10 - Bus (or taxi) to airport by 9:30-10:00 a.m. for 11:30 a.m. flight.

Muchas gracias!

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