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Itinerary check for 9 day trip to Ireland!

Hello! I am going to be embarking on a 9 day solo trip to Ireland next month. I've been to Ireland once already (where I saw the Cliffs of Moher, parts of the Burren, Howth, and bits and pieces of Dublin), and I've been dying to go back since.

I planned this trip with a focus on the outdoors and also time to see music in pubs at night, as hiking was my favorite part of my trip last time, and I'm a big fan of Irish music. I'm not particularly interested in doing super touristy things (e.g. Blarney Stone, Guinness Factory). I also have decided it's best if I don't rent a car, as I'm not the best driver and am still under 25, which would make it quite expensive.

Here is my proposed itinerary. After much research, I decided I wanted Dublin, Dingle, and Galway be my bases. However, Dingle is quite a ride by public transit to and from both cities, so I decided to stop in Killarney twice to break up the long rides and get another destination in. (I've heard it's apparently quite touristy, but it appears to be the most convenient place to connect from Dublin and to Galway, and its national park looks beautiful.) Feedback is appreciated, especially suggestions for experiencing music!

9/8: Fly Philadelphia-Dublin, 6:50 PM (6hr45min flight)

(1) 9/9: Arrive in Dublin 6:35 AM, where I'll be staying and visiting with a friend
Shuttle to center (40min), arrive around 8-8:30 AM
Rest of day in Dublin

(2) 9/10: Dublin

(3) 9/11: Dublin-Killarney (3hr20min train, whenever I feel like going)
Explore Killarney
Overnight Killarney

(4) 9/12: Hike a section of Killarney National Park, see Gap of Dunloe
Killarney-Dingle (7:15 PM ~1hr30min bus, arrive ~8:45 PM)
Overnight in Dingle

(5) 9/13: Dingle
Slea Head cycle on electric bike, or bus tour if I'm too tired
Blasket Island on the way possibly?
Overnight in Dingle

(6) 9/14: Dingle
Horseback riding
Explore Dingle
Dingle-Killarney (5:15 PM, 1hr25min bus, arrive 6:30 PM)
Overnight in Killarney

(7) 9/15: Killarney-Galway (7:30 AM leave, ~3hr30min, two buses w/ change in Limerick, arrive ~11:00 AM)
Galway rest of the day

(8) 9/16: Galway

(9) 9/17: Connemara, or something else if I'm not up to it
Galway-Clifden bus (~1hr30min bus)
Clifden-Kylemore Abbey-Recess by electric bike
Recess-Clifden by bus to return bike
Clifden-Galway by bus (~1hr30min bus)
(^ Definitely want feedback on this idea, I'm way more interested in seeing the Inagh Valley than Sky Road or something along those lines, but I would rather not see it by bus.)

(10) 9/18: Leave around 6:30-7 AM, Galway-Shannon (1hr15min bus, arrive 7:45-8:15 AM)
Fly out of Shannon 11:35 AM (7hr25min flight)
Arrive Philadelphia 2:00 PM

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