We are taking a 2 week trip to Ireland in September 2018. I asked for suggestions on my initial thoughts for an itinerary and of course I was trying to pack in 4 weeks of site-seeing into a 2 week trip :(
Well, I took a couple of days off planning to think about it and think this may be a better idea:
I drew a line from Galway to Dublin and decided we would tour north of that area only if this looks realistic.
Hopefully there will be some agreement that it will give us a more leisurely trip without non-stop driving.
These things are still the same from my initial attempt at an itinerary:
DH and myself—active and fit 60 year olds
Car rental-small car/manual/diesel (a bit more complicated if touring Northern Ireland too I think)
15 days total (13 days touring +1 arrival & 1 departure day)
Tight budget travelers (around 4300-5100 Euros or less including airfare)
Probably arrive/depart Dublin due to cost savings (open to idea of Shannon & Dublin if cost similar)
Moderately busy itinerary
Photography, landscapes and coastal scenery, culture, history, light hiking and activities, beautiful churches and cemeteries, nature/wildlife/birding, Pubs and traditional music
Stay at B&B’s
Picnic a lot for lunches
Most probably our only trip to visit Ireland
Places I think we would like to see on this NEW ITINERARY are:
Arrival Dublin airport
Armagh (St. Patrick's Cathedral and my genealogy says I have long ago ancestors from the area)
Belfast (Black Taxi tour, St. Anne's, Transportation/Folk museum)
Drive the Antrim Coast
Causeway Coastal Drive (Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rep bridge)
Londonderry area (tour city, St. Columb cemetery and church, Fanad lighthouse, Glenveagh NP)
Donegal (City and Slieve League)
Sligo area (Eagles Flying)
Galway (Bohermore cemetary, Kylemore Abbey, genealogy also says I have long ago ancestors from this area too))
Drive to Dublin night before flight home
Does this look any better than my initial attempt at covering so much of Ireland in 2 weeks?
I will also post this same question in the Ireland forum.
I will include the link to my initial post that was covering too much for our trip: