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Itinerary advice needed-Ring of Kerry vs. Galway area

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My husband and I will be have 8 days on the ground in Ireland in May, flying into and out of Dublin. We are history buffs (particularly ecclesiastical history) but want to include some varied experiences such as outdoor activities. We will hire a car and would like to see Dublin and at least one other area. We have narrowed our itinerary down to two options about which we would like feedback.

Option 1 is built around a visit to Skelling Michael, which we initially had our hearts set on.

-Day 1 (Saturday) Brú na Bóinne and Monasterboice
-Days 2-4 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) Dublin
-Day 5 (Wednesday), Travel day from Dublin to the Ring of Kerry, stopping along the way at the Rock of Cashel.
-Day 6 (Thursday) Skelling Michael
-Day 7 (Friday) Ring of Kerry
-Day 8 (Saturday) Drive back to Dublin. Thoughts on a couple hour stop along the way appreciated.

Option 2 is centered around Galway

-Days 1-3 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) Dublin
-Day 4 Brú na Bóinne and Monasterboice. From there, we would start heading west and overnight in Mullingar.
-Day 5 (Wednesday) Clonmacnoise, drive to Galway
-Day 6-7 (Thursday/Friday) Galway as base for the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, perhaps day trip to Aran islands
-Day 8 Half day in Galway. Return to Dublin.

I perceive Option 1 to be more touristy and involve more road time, but I have read several reviews of Skelling Michael that essentially say it is worth visiting at all cost. I would take this advice and not look back except for the multiple warnings I have also run across regarding how tricky the crossing to Skelling Michael can be due to weather. How likely to occur is a last minute cancellation? And just how crowded will the Ring of Kerry be in late May? Would it be possible to get away from the crowds in this area? Also, please comment if you see a "doable" alternative that allows us to visit Skelling Michael and the Galway area all inclusive!

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