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Spring Trip to Ireland -- Input Requested

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We are a couple in our late 50's who enjoy hiking and fine dining. We prefer to stay in B&B's or small lodges, and we prefer to spend at least 3 nights per stop when possible. Some of our best stays in our travels have been in great B&Bs off the beaten path.

We are planning a trip in late May, 2012 and want to spend at least 3 weeks, but can add some days as our flights are not yet booked. Our plan at the moment is to fly from San Francisco to Heathrow, allowing some time in London. We will fly into Dublin and out of Shannon.

Given our primary interest in hiking, with history, culture and gardens tossed in please advise on our initial plans. We are also considering taking the train from Dublin to Kilkenny and renting a car from that point on. However, that might make it problematic to hike in Wicklow NP.

Dublin - 3 nights - possible day tour out to Powerscourt

Wicklow NP area - 1 night in order to hike around Glendalough - stay where?

Kilkenny - 2 nights if we drive from Dublin and hike along the way

Kinsale - 2-3 nights

Beara Peninsula - 2-3 nights, possibly staying in Kenmare and using it as a base for the Iveragh Peninsula as well (in which case we would add time). Does this make sense or should we move on to Killarney for the Iveragh Peninsula? Also should we take a night in Portamagee in order to break up the Ring of Kerry drive? If we plan on hiking sections, do we really need to do the entire drive?

Dingle Peninsula - 5 nights - we are considering a town to town tramp by sending our luggage forward. On the other hand, we may stay in one spot, hiking different sections each day.

The Burren - 3-4 nights - taking some guided walks, probably staying in Ballyvaughn, seeing Cliffs of Kilkee on the drive up, taking in the Cliffs of Moher. Should we break up the trip from Dingle to Ballyvaughn with an overnight somewhere?

We're considering adding a day trip to Inishmore.

Many thanks!

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