It has been my mother and I's dream to go to Ireland forever, and we are trying to make this possible for next summer so I am currently working on a budget and plan. We have a lot of ideas of where we want to go but I want to have some opinions and suggestions on getting our vague ideas into a concrete plan. We plan on flying in and out of Shannon and renting a car. We have 8 nights to spend there, and we want to concentrate the trip in the west and southwest. Here are some places I KNOW we want to hit:
-Cliffs of Moher
Some places we also would like to go are Westport and the Cork area (perhaps Kinsale, Cobh, and maybe even a trip up to Cashel). I was thinking we may have to pick one or the other as far as Westport /Cork go because of time constraints and I was wondering which one y'all would suggest? Also, if we chose Cork, what city should we use as a base? Is Cork city itslef worht staying at or should we choose a smaller town? Or can all this be done from a base in Kenmare as well?
Right now my tentaive plan is:
2 night Cork (or somewhere around there)
2 nights Kenmare
1 night Dingle
2 nights Galway
1 night Westport
Is the one night in Westport even worth it? Should we nix the Cork part of the trip and focus more on Mayo at the end? Are these good base towns to stay in? I am trying to consolidate but at the same time keep us travelling around and seeing everything?
All suggestions are very much appreciated. Thank y'all so much!