I know this is a very broad based question but I need to start somewhere. My wife and I have traveled many times to Scotland and are very familiar with most of the country. We are now planning our first trip to Ireland. We want to spend 4 weeks there and our first thoughts are two weeks in the southwest and then two weeks in the southeast. We would probably self-cater in one location for each period and do day trips from there. It would be in the Spring of next year.
My starting question is: Which area would be best for both sides of Ireland? What we enjoy is rural, less-crowded areas but with access to pubs and restaurants for evening meals. If it helps, we enjoy Portree on the Isle of Skye and Pitlochry down in eastern Scotland. We would need one or two bedroom/baths accdomodations if anyone has a suggestion.
Thanking all of you in advance for any suggestions you can give.