Before you put together an itinerary for Ireland, ask yourself these questions.
Where will I fly into / out of?
(This will determine where you can easily visit. It also dictates what your route should be)
What month will I be in Ireland?
(June, July and August are peak visitor months. Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. have least daylight hours, but are great from the point of view that they are less busy. Many B&B’s close for the winter)
Will I hire a car?
(This will determine what you can visit and how independent you will be)
Are there any places that I must see?
(This might make your itinerary more complicated)
How many actual tour days do I have? (excluding arrival and departure days)
(It’s best you don’t include arrival and departure dates in your itinerary especially if you have made a long journey. Arrival and departure days are usually ‘non days’ as most of your time is spent, packing and checking in at airport/ferry)
What are my main interests? (eating, drinking, shopping, walking, history, geography, outdoor)
(Some parts of the country are particularly good for certain activities)
What kind of accommodation will I stay in (Hostel, B&B, Guesthouse, Hotel)
(Hostels are cheapest while 4 and 5 star hotels are the most expensive. Where you stay depends on your budget. Sometimes you do not have a choice)
How many are in the group?
(This will impact your transport options, and lead to arguments if the itinerary does not appeal to everyone)
Will there be children travelling with me?
(With kids travelling with you, you will have to be more flexible about what you include in your itinerary)
How energietic am I? (Can I do a lot of walking or prefer motorised transport)
(If you are an energetic person you will find that walking is a wonderful way to see Ireland properly. Some sights require that you get out of the car and walk)
Do I like to visit cities or prefer more rural locations?
Do I want to include shopping as part of my holiday?
(If you want to really shop, then you should include a major city or two on your itinerary)