Our Ireland Itinerary

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I had such a great time planning our trip but it was incredibly difficult figuring out how to narrow down what we wanted to see and do. Is that too much to drive in one day? Is that place worth seeing? How do we go see X if it’s on the opposite side of the country as Y? Then of course, I felt like I had to do my due diligence of sorting through threads upon threads of advice and suggestions from people about what and what not to do. For instance, deciding how many nights to stay in Dublin was tricky. We’d read so many people saying “oh it’s just another big city, you don’t need much time there!” Was that true? There was no way of knowing! Everyone’s preferences, interests and pace are different. What might feel like a long drive to some, could feel like a short jaunt to others. We’re so used to 8-10 hour road trips that the notion of 3 or 4 hours in a car one day didn’t bother us.

With that said, we stayed three nights in Dublin using it as a base for a couple of day trips. On the fourth day, we picked up our rental car and drove ourselves the rest of the trip staying at three different Bed and Breakfasts for a total of four nights before leaving for London (I’ll talk about the London part of the trip seperately).

So, here’s what our rough itinerary looked like before we left for our trip based on the preceding plan to stay three nights in Dublin and four nights elsewhere. Important to note once we get to the self-drive portion of the trip, I rounded up on time for everything. So if google maps said it would take us an hour and 22 minutes to get from Point A to Point B, I rounded up to an hour to accommodate for losing our way, bathroom breaks, etc. So, what wound up looking like a pretty tightly packed day, for us, wound up being much more leisurely!

May 12th: Night in Dublin

  • 6:55am – Flight arrives in Dublin
  • 8:30am – Arrive at Hotel, drop off bags
  • 9:00am – Find breakfast
  • 10:00am – 5:30pm – Use HOHO bus to see the following:
    • Killmainham Gaol
    • Trinity College/Book of Kells
    • Guinness Storehouse
    • Hop on/Hop off anywhere else that strikes our fancy
  • 7:30pm – Dinner

May 13th: Night in Dublin

  • 8:55am – Meet at Tourism Centre for Wicklow Mountain/Glendalough day tour
  • 5:30pm – Arrive back at the Tourism Centre
  • 7:30PM – Dinner at L’Mulligan Grocer

May 14th: Night in Dublin

  • 6:30am – Meet at Tourism Centre for Giant’s Causeway day tour
  • 7:30pm – Arrive back at the Tourism Centre
  • 8:00pm – Dinner

May 15th: Night in Killarney

  • 6:00am – Cab it to the airport to pick up the rental car
  • 7:30am – Hopefully be out of the airport and on our way to our first stop
  • 10:00am – 12:30pm – Explore the Rock of Cashel & Hore Abbey
  • 12:30pm – Lunch somewhere in Cashel
  • 1:30pm – Head to Blarney Castle
  • 3:00pm – 6:30pm – Explore Blarney Castle
  • 6:30pm – Head to our accommodations in Killarney to check-in
  • 8:00pm – Arrive at B&B
  • 8:30pm – Head back out for a late dinner somewhere

May 16th: Night in Killarney

  • 8:00am – Breakfast at the B&B
  • 9:00am – Gap of Dunloe day tour
  • 5:30pm – Arrive back in Killarney town
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – See Torc Waterfall and Muckross Abbey
  • 7:30pm – Dinner

May 17th: Night in Dingle

  • 9:00am – Breakfast at the B&B
  • 10:00am – Head to Ladies View
  • 10:30am – 2:00pm – See any additional sites in Killarney and grab lunch
  • 2:30pm – Leave Killarney and head towards Dingle
  • 6:30pm – Sunset Sea Kayak in Dingle

May 18th: Night in Doolin

  • 8:00am -Breakfast at the B&B
  • 9:00am – Slea Head Drive
    • Dunbeg Fort
    • Beehive Huts
    • Gallarus Oratory
    • Blasket Islands
    • Dunquin Pier
    • Louis Mulcahey Pottery
  • Lunch in Dingle
  • Drive Connor Pass towards Doolin
  • Arrive in Doolin, check-in to B&B
  • Head to Cliffs of Moher to watch the sun set
  • Grab dinner

May 19th: Night in London

  • 8:00am – Breakfast at the B&B
  • 1:10pm – Flight leaves for London

Of course we also had a few things that change from the plan above due to weather and what not and I can already hear some people saying that’s simply too much driving or too much to do… but I have to say it ended up being just wonderful! I’ll go into more detail in my follow-up posts about where we stayed, where we ate and what we did so stay tuned!

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