We are a sibling group of 7 traveling to Ireland May 19-24. We arrive at Shannon Airport early in the morning of the 19th. We would like to book a driver for airport transfer from Shannon to Galway where we will stay at the Park House for 2 nights. We have then rented a house in Kenmare and return to Shannon for a noon flight on May 24. I have a number of questions that I hope the Forum can help with:
--Does this overall itinerary sound OK? Would Galway be a good base for two days?
-- We will be adjusting from jet lag, so I thought that on the arrival day we would just sightsee in Galway. The next day, we would do some sightseeing, perhaps to Connemara or the Aran Islands. Which would you recommend?
--We will then go to Kenmare. We will spend one day of our three day visit fly fishing and hiking and a day or two sightseeing.
--Can anyone recommend a good itinerary? I assume we will see the Cliffs on the way down to Kenmare from Galway. I assume we would drive The Ring of Kerry one day from Kenmare. In terms of likes, we would like to have some city experiences including pubs and Irish music, and some small towns and then "typical" sites like the Burren, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Penninsula (if this is possible)
Also, we would like to hire drivers or driver/guides throughout so that none of us have to drive. Can you recommend a good company or companies to help with Airport transfers and sightseeing for several days?
--We will split costs, but if the driver idea is too expensive, we can also rent a small van—although we are hoping to just have fun and not worry about driving.
Thanks so much for any advice. I know I have a lot of questions.