A friend and I are fulfilling a lifelong dream of spending 3 weeks in Ireland during Feb/March, hiring a car and seeing where the road takes us. We know we are going to be there during a pretty cold/wet/dark time but are adventurous enough to find fun things to do no matter what the weather.
We have both been before, but only saw the south of Ireland and did the typical tours - so didn't really get to experience the essence of Ireland. This time we just want to chill out, get to know some locals, and really experience the beauty of the country we both fell in love with.
We fly into Dublin, will stay a night to recuperate, and pick up the rental car the next day. We'd like to head straight up to Belfast - not sure how long we'll stay - depends on how much fun we have!!! We are going to take the whole trip as it comes - stay places we love longer, move on from places that don't quite hit the spot.
We would love some ideas on what to do in the North (in the city and around the country)- especially as neither of us got to see/experience it last time we were there. We don't want to do too much typical touristy stuff, but will fit in a trip to the Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge.
We basically want to enjoy the country for what it is - beautiful scenery, fabulous and fun locals, incredible history. We'd love your thoughts on what we should see/do or definitely not miss. We will hit Belfast on a Tuesday so we're not sure if we'll still be around for the weekend to go out, so suggestions for other towns that would be great for a drink, great music and a dance (not nightclubs!).
We'd love your thoughts guys. I hope I've provided enough information for a few suggestions of things to do! If not - let me know what else will be helpful. We're pretty flexible - we've always dreamed of hitting the road and seeing where life takes us. Ireland is the place we've decided we'd most love to have this adventure!!!