We ( my husband and I) are headed to Ireland in July ( hubby just sprung the idea on me!) and I have been reading this forum for days straight and only feel more overwhelmed. I am hoping to have 10 days, so that will leave us 8 days to explore and two as designated airport/travel days. I am certain that I dont want to waste time circling back to our point of origination, so I would prefer to arrive and depart from dublin and shannon, but dont know which would be best for which. We plan on renting a car, and beyond my wish to stay somewhere grand for one night, I am looking at the bandb route, or even a self catering. I would like to see a bit of city life (dublin, maybe cork?), but I am not terribly into touristy type things - ie. I can skip the blarney stone. A little shopping might be nice, but isnt required and I would really like to take a day and rent some bicycles, have a picnic. The aran islands are of interest to me, some historic sites/ruins, and a good place to have a pint and hear some traditional irish music. Anyone have any suggestions? I tend to overplan for trips and end up exhausted. Id like to see as much as possible, without feeling (too)overwhelmed. Any help would be appreciated!