It's wonderful to hear you're planning a trip to Ireland, and I'm delighted to help you make the most of your stay. 😄
While the Dingle Peninsula is indeed very beautiful, don't you worry about missing out. West Cork is full of wonders, from the stunning Beara Peninsula to the town of Clonakilty. It's all a matter of what you're yearning for.
Both regions have their own magic, and you can't go wrong with either choice. Since you prefer experiences over constant travel, staying in one place like West Cork allows for a more relaxed exploration.
Your journey from Dublin to Bantry sounds like a nice plan, and while Google Maps estimates around 3:45 hours, our Irish roads can be full of surprises, stunning vistas, and perhaps a few friendly sheep crossings. I'd say allow a bit of extra time for the unexpected charm of the countryside. To break up the drive, might I suggest a pit stop in the town of Kilkenny? It's about halfway through your journey and you could take a stroll around Kilkenny Castle or along the River Nore.
Your itinerary looks quite exciting! Here are some suggestions and comments:
- Day 2 - West Cork Model Railway Village + Titanic Experience in Cobh: both attractions are feasible on the same day, but it might be a bit of a drive between them. Consider starting early to make the most of your time.
- Day 3 - Kissane Sheep Farm + Falconry Experience in Killarney: it seems like a well-balanced day. West Cork may not have identical experiences, but you could explore local farms or wildlife experiences in the area.
- Day 4 - Whale Watching Tour from Baltimore: Baltimore is a great spot for whale watching. Be sure to check the weather conditions for the day.
- Day 5 - Horse Riding in Bantry + Hike to the Lighthouse on Sheep's Head Peninsula: make sure to check the weather for the hike and wear suitable footwear.
- Day 6 - Kayak with Seals in Adrigole + Boat Trip to See Seals from Glengarriff: weather conditions can affect kayak trips, so keep an eye on the forecast.
- Day 7 - Mizen Head and Barleycove Beach: take your time to enjoy the scenery and maybe pack a picnic.
- Day 8 - Blarney Castle and Departure: Blarney Castle is a must-visit. Ensure you have enough time to explore and kiss the Blarney Stone. Leaving for the airport at 4 p.m. should be fine.
For a nice pub with traditional music in Cobh, for example, consider checking out "The Rob Roy." It's a family-friendly pub known for its live music. Additionally, in West Cork, you might find similar experiences in smaller villages like Clonakilty or Skibbereen.
I hope this information helps you plan your trip as best as possible.
Can't wait for you to be here!
Have a great day. ☘️