Hello, my husband has never been to Ireland. I have about 15 years ago (4 times, but always tours).
This is my rough draft of a potential schedule/route...
Sept. 9 & 10th:
Dublin - HOHO bus tour, Temple Bar, Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green, walk around a lot...(no questions regarding Dublin)
Day tour to Belfast (+ approx 15Euro pp for black cab tour) + night in Dublin (no questions here either)
Tuesday Sept. 12:
Wicklow Mountains/Wicklow Gap & Turloch Waterfall (Braveheart scenes & P.S. I Love You)/Glendalough
Kilkenny & Kilfane Waterfall (stay a night, drink a Kilkenny, & see castle) - (Doesn't match this forum, but comments welcome)
Weds. Sept. 13: Rock of Cashel (just seeing & taking some pics., no tour), Cork (I don't recall being too impressed with Cork years back), Cobh (no tours, just whatever we can see on our own) ** (I'd say today & tomorrow are my biggest Qs**...stay in Cork or Cobh ... OR is there time to move on to Kinsale or Clonakilty for the night instead?)
Thurs. Sept. 14th: Potential stops today...Killarney, Lakes of Killarney, Kenmare, Dingle, Ring of Kerry OR Beara Peninsula, Glengariff? (stay in Kenmare or Dingle??) - BUSY DAY I KNOW! :/ - I've read about driving counterclockwise around Ring of Kerry, skipping Ring of Kerry for Beara Pen. instead...hmmm - Major advice needed here as we don't want to cut ourselves short for the next 2 days...right? ;)
Fri. Sept. 15th: Cliffs of Moher, Galway (stay in Galway)
Sat. Sept. 16th: Connemara National Park & BnB in Clifden
Sun. Sept. 17th: More Connemara time as needed & drive back to Dublin - no stops planned between Galway & Dublin - unless I find some of my distant relatives in Roscommon or Longford, but unlikely at this point 😝
Mon. Sept. 18th: Fly home in AM
About us...priorities are scenic, trad music, variety in food, friendly people - not tours. I'm a professional photographer. So scensory & visual please. 😊
Thank you in advance for your kind input!