I am asking for thoughts and advice to help us decide whether to go the big sights southwest trip or the not so big sights northwest trip. We already have plane tickets into and out of Dublin.
We arrive Dublin airport 1500, Monday, 12/9/2011. We will rent a car. We depart 1000, Sunday, 18/9/2011. We plan to do Dublin on the back end, Fri-Sat.
Our original planning has been get the car and head towards Galway. Over the next 4 to 4 and a half days see the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Rock of Cashel, Glendalough and whatever else we can along the way. Drop off the car somewhere near Dublin and take a train into the city center.
However, we have been tossing around the idea of heading northwest towards Newgrange and Hill of Tara, County Mayo, Sligo, Donnegal (Slieve League), Derry or whatever we can see in our 4 to 4 and a half days. Just to get off the usual track. Since we've never been to Ireland we will oohh and aahh over anything we see.
We like natural beauty and nature. We like history from prehistoric to WWII and beyond. We like archeology and architecture. Really anything.
We can assume we'll be back but who knows. We'd love to spend longer but our two week holiday this year will be split between the QM2 transatlantic and Ireland.
So thoughts? I assume there is a reason everyone heads to the south and southwest. Will we really be shortchanging ourselves if we don't?
Thank you in advance for your kindnesses.