We've had two wonderful trips and we've already seen and experienced a lot of this wonderful country. I'm beginning to plan our next trip and I need some advice.
We have two-three weeks available to us, in late May/early June, in addition to a one week conference in Derry the second week of June. We're like to try a one week self-catering, but we're not sure where. We want to be in or near a small town/village where we can walk in/out for pubs and maybe dinner in the evening (don't want to deal with drink driving). During the day, we'd like to do some touring to historic sites and scenery. We like history and cultural events, but we're not much into doing long hikes and mountain treks (bad knees!).
Also, can we easily rent a car in one location (e.g., Sligo or Letterkenny) and return in another (e.g., Shannon)? We don't want to rent a car for the entire time and can rely on public transport the week we're in Derry. I don't want to have to return to Dublin to rent a car, but I guess we can if necessary. I do know it's very expensive to rent in the North and return a car across the border so I don't want to do that.
We've previously flown in/out of Dublin and know our way around there, but we're not opposed to flying in/out of Shannon. If we go to Derry first, it would be easier to get there via Dublin but we could also travel first and close out with Derry. Any advice or suggestions?