My fiance and I are planning to head to Ireland the first few weeks of June next year (2014). We will have ten days or so and we plan to rent a car and drive ourselves and stay wherever we can that is not crazy expensive (B&Bs). I think I am just going to plan it all myself instead of a company. So I began reading all the forums related to Ireland and have come up with a ROUGH itinerary.
I decided visiting Northern Ireland would meet our needs but we are up for any advice. We do not want to feel like we are in the car the whole time as I will be having to take Dramamine every time I get in:( but I'll do what I have to! We don't really have an agenda. We just want to drive around and see the wonderful scenery Ireland has to offer, visit small towns and cities, castles, as well as pubs to hang out with the locals. This is what I have planned so far (nothing booked yet). Feel free to edit and add!
Arrive in Dublin (morning)
1st & 2nd night: Head north to Rostrevor
(Skipping Belfast for an overnight??)
3rd & 4th night: Portrush/Bushmill
5th night: Londenderry/Derry
7th & 8th night: Galway
9th & 10th night: Dublin (We wanted two nights in Dublin at the end to relax and explore the city.)
I'm not sure where to move on and only stay one night or two. I would prefer to stay everywhere two nights because I get car sick and don't want to feel rushed.
Should we try to hit up Galway before heading back to Dublin? We want to stay two nights in Dublin because we left and headed north right away in the beginning of the trip. Thought it would be nice to end there and chill out.
Thanks so much for your help! I appreciate any input:)