I've been to Ireland once in 2014 and did a semi-similar trip (but my trip was longer, I did Cliffs of Moher/Burren, Aran Islands, Galway, Dingle, Cork, Trim, and Dublin) and I am bringing my boyfriend for the very first time. We are both on-the-go travelers and enjoy sleeping in a new place every night, just want to make sure I am not overdoing it or burning us out. Thoughts?
Flying into Shannon from NYC (on a red eye, we plan on taking melatonin to get a full night sleep on the flight) - landing at 10AM , pick up rental car, go to Cliffs of Moher + Doolin cave and/or Ailwee cave (any preference? or are the caves not worth the trouble) lunch in Doolin/ explore Limerick/ dinner in Limericksleep in Limerick
***due to the amount of people concerned for sleep deprivation, an alternate option could be:
Fly into Shannon from NYC, get rental car, go to Limerick hotel and nap, get lunch in Limerick, then Sunset at Cliffs of Moher/ dinner in Doolin/ sleep in Limerick
wake up in Limerick, drive to Dingle, explore Dingle peninsula, lunch/dinner in Dingle area, Sleep in Dingle
Wake up in Dingle,Do Ring of Kerry - not sure on lunch yet, maybe we pack sandwiches, dinner in Killarney, sleep in Killarney
wake up in Killarney,maybe do Killarney national park? Or straight to blarney castle. probably pack sandwiches for lunch, dinner in Cork, sleep in Cork
wake up in Cork, Kilkenny castle/ Dunmore caves, sleep in Kilkenny
Wake up in Kilkenny, straight to Dublin / returning rental car in city centre, see Book of Kells / Jameson distillery (we are skipping Guinness factory, because I've already gone and my bf isn't a beer fan), dinner around temple bar area
Early flight out of Dublin (7AM)
I think if we dropped something I would be ok since I have done a similar trip already, and my bf doesn't care either way as long as we're exploring lol. I think Cork was my favorite so i was on the fence about doing 2 nights in Cork and ditching either Killarney or Kilkenny..? Also I am very comfortable with driving the small country roads and am aware they can take time, I've driven in over 25 non-American countries overall (mostly solo trips)
Thanks in advance!!!!!