My husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland in May and would like some suggestions about our proposed itinerary. He is going on a golf trip with a group of guys and we will meet in Shannon, so that's where our adventure will begin. Listed below is the basic itinerary I've come up with so far. We want to see historical sites and beautiful landscapes, enjoy good food and not be too over- scheduled. We would like to spend at least a day in Dublin at the end of our trip and fly home from there. Is this a realistic itinerary? Are there other sites along this basic route that are must sees? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Day 1 - Drive from Shannon to Galway. Explore the city and stay in a B&B.
Day 2 - Take Aer Aran flight to the Aran Islands, explore, have lunch, fly back and return to Galway and stay another night.
Day 3 - Drive south, visit The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, continue south and take the ferry across the Shannon and on to Killarney to stay at B&B/hotel.
Day 4 - Do the Ring of Kerry and spend the night again in Killarney B&B/hotel.
Day 5 - Drive east, visit Blarney, Cobh then head north to see the Rock of Cashel. Stay in Cashel at B&B.
Day 6 - Drive north to County Meath. See Newgrange, Hill of Tara as time allows. Where to stay??
Day 7 - See more sights in County Meath and then drive to Dublin to stay at B&B/hotel - suggestions?? We will turn in our car this day since we won't need it in Dublin.
Day 8 - Explore Dublin. Spend another night at B&B/hotel.
Day 9 - Fly home from Dublin.