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Requesting Assistance with Ireland Itinerary

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Hi. My husband and I are traveling to Ireland for 2 1/2 weeks in late August to mid-September. I feel good about the first half of the itinerary (3 nights Dublin, 2 nights Kilkenny, 1 night Waterford Castle, 2 nights Kinsale) but would appreciate guidance on my thoughts about the last week plus of the trip.

I was planning on 1 night in Kenmare coming from Kinsale and stopping at Blarney Castle and driving through Killarney with stops at Muck Ross House, Killarney National Park (Ladies View, Torc waterfall) to Kenmare. Will this be too much for 1 day? Will I have time to arrive Kenmare and spend a few hours in the town before dinner? Now I am contemplating a 2nd night in Kenmare allowing time to explore the town on day 2 and then Gap of Dunloe or other sites in this region.

Leaving Kenmare early to spend all day driving the Ring of Kerry and arriving in Dingle to sleep.

Next day driving the Dingle peninsula and spending time in Dingle town (sleep Dingle).

Should I spend more time in Dingle town (harbor cruise) in the morning and then drive to Newmarket on Fergus with an overnight at Dromoland Castle stopping in Adare and Bunratty or Knappogue of Craggaunown (which is best). Alternatively, I could skip this day and night at Dromoland and head from Dingle straight to Cliffs of Moher area. This would allow me a day trip at Aran Islands or Galway at the end of the trip? Do I need more than 1 day for Cliffs of Moher and the Burren? Help!

If we skip Dromoland, I would try to arrive Doolin to take a boat cruise of the Cliffs of Moher at 12 noon, drive along the coast to Ballyvaughan, drive around the Burren and go to Kinvara for the Medieval Banquet at 5:30 pm. Too much for one 1 day? I could spend more time on day 2 in the Burren before heading to Connemara. Should we sleep in Ballyvaughan after leaving Kinvara or is Doolin better for pub scene?

Probably spend more time in the Burren before driving to Cong and staying at Ashford castle for the night.

Leave Cong and drive to Aasleagh Falls (worth it?), Leeanne, Kylemore Abby, Connemare Park arrive in Clifden (sleep).

Leave Clifden via Roundtable and Recess to Rossaveal to take ferry to the Aran Island of Inishmore. Spend the day on Insihmore but if weather is bad perhaps spend day in Galway. Sleep somewhere around this area. Ideas?

Next day head to Valley of Boyne, Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Trim castle and sleep in Trim.

Depart next day for trip back to US via Dublin airport.




Any and all advise is much appreciated. Thanks!

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