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My spouse and I are making plans for a 16-day trip to Ireland in August. We have not purchased airfare or made overnight reservations yet but it looks like we'll fly into Shannon (enabling us to catch a local music festival) and out of Dublin. This DRAFT itinerary reflects advice from our Irish-born neighbors. They are of the opinion that we should spend more time in fewer places rather than trying to do too much. We agree, although this is our first trip to Ireland and we want to see what we can in the limited time available. Before locking in reservations, we would greatly appreciate other travelers' thoughts on the below itinerary, including the advisability of exploration by car versus public transportation for various parts of the trip. We are flexible so feel free to fire away if you think this is too much, not enough, or whatever:

Thursday, Aug. 9
DAY 1-Fly to Shannon overnight

Friday, Aug. 10
DAY 2-Arrive Shannon in a.m.
• Pick up rental car
• Drive to Kinvarra
• Feakle Music Festival (highly recommended by our neighbor)
OVERNIGHT: Kinvarra

Saturday, Aug. 11
• Explore Kinvarra and vicinity
• Feakle Music Festival
OVERNIGHT: Kinvarra

Sunday, Aug. 12
DAY 4:
• Day trip by car into "the Burren”
• See Cliffs of Moher
OVERNIGHT: Kinvarra

Monday, Aug. 13
DAY 5: Drive to Galway
• Explore Galway
OVERNIGHT: Galway

Tuesday, Aug. 14
DAY 6: Galway
• Explore Galway and vicinity by car
OVERNIGHT: Galway

Wednesday, Aug. 15
DAY 7: Galway
• Explore Galway and vicinity by car
OVERNIGHT: Galway

Thursday, Aug. 16
DAY 8: Inishmore (Aran Islands)
• Ferry from Galway to Inishmore
• Explore Inishmore/Dun Aenghus
OVERNIGHT Inishmore

Friday, Aug. 17
DAY 9: Inishmore to Dublin
• Ferry back to Galway
• Turn in rental car
• Train Galway to Dublin
OVERNIGHT Dublin

Saturday, Aug. 18
DAY 10: Dublin
• Explore Dublin
OVERNIGHT Dublin

Sunday, Aug. 19
DAY 11: Day trip to Belfast
• Train to Belfast
• Explore city/Titanic Exhibition
• Day trips Antrim Glens, Giant’s Causeway?
OVERNIGHT Belfast

Monday, Aug. 20
DAY 12: Train back to Dublin
• Explore Dublin
OVERNIGHT Dublin

Tuesday, Aug. 21
DAY 13: Day trip to Kilkenny
• Explore Kilkenny
• Visit Rock of Cashel?
OVERNIGHT: Kilkenny

Wednesday, Aug. 22
DAY 14: Kilkenny
• Explore Kilkenny
OVERNIGHT: Kilkenny

Thursday, Aug. 23
DAY 15: Dublin
• Train Kilkenny back to Dublin
OVERNIGHT: Near Dublin Airport

Friday, Aug. 24
DAY 16: Fly home from Dublin

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