Ok, due to the discussion "There is more to Kerry than just Dingle !" you all have got me wanting to change my itinerary AGAIN!!!!!
As of now I have 2 nights in Dublin, 1 Glendalough, 1 Kilkenny, 3 Castletownbere, 3 Dingle, 2 Fanore,1 Galway city, 3 Roundstone, 1 Tullamore with Clonmacnoise btwn Roundstone and Tullamore, 3 Dublin.
The things I want to do in Dingle are the Dingle/Slea Head drive with Dennis Ryan and go to the An Tinteán Ceoil on 29th October.
Should I drop the last 2 nights in Dingle and move on to Kilkee or somewhere (?) between Dingle and Fanore? I was planning on driving to Loop Head on my way from Dingle to Fanore anyway.
OR drop 2 of the nights in Dingle, move Fanore up 2 and add some more days N-W-NW of Galway.
I am not looking for Darby O'Gill or Epcot's version of Ireland. I want natural beauty, some nice walks, real modern day Ireland and people, music that people today in Ireland listen to, with maybe a bit of the trad thrown in. I want history sure but hand in hand with what modern day Ireland is like. Not what we ignorant tourists think Ireland should be. I want to go home with some sense of what it is like to live in Ireland, to be Irish today.
I want good everyday food be it pub grub, family restaurant, bakery, ice cream shop, grocery store picnic food, B &B or upscale restaurant (but not too fancy, as another poster put it, I don't do foam). I don't care if it is traditional Irish, Italian, French, Mexican, Indian, Chinese or Thai as long it is good.
If you showed me what you wanted me to see in Ireland where would you take/send me? Throw out my itinerary for the moment, other than flying into Dublin on 22 Oct and flying out of Dublin on 10 Nov., and build for me what you would consider my ideal itinerary.
I do kind of have my heart set on Glendalough (could be done as a day trip from Dublin), Newgrange (scheduled for my last day in Dublin), Beara and the Burren. Also Connemara to a lesser extent. But could possibly be persuaded to change those.
Also, It is not on my current itinerary because I found out after I made my plans, but do I have ancestors that lived in Ireland, most around the Donegal and Derry area. Some immigrated from Scotland and some from France. Some may have been native Irish as well but I haven't research that far yet. Didn't see how I could fit this area into my current itinerary without too many one night stands. So if it would be easily workable I would love to go there as well.
Thanks to all on this forum.
So much to see, so little time.