There are historic and scenic places everywhere in Ireland, so no matter which way you turn there's something to do or see. In planning this trip after our first last spring, I realized although we enjoyed all the driving, walking, historic sites etc, the highlights of our trip were the small towns and villages where we spent time and got to feel a part place. So instead of planning exact routes around a perfect base for jumping off for touring, or thoroughly seeing every site in a given region, I thought maybe I should consider planning around towns with a good vibe and the rest will follow.
So I throw it out for discussion: name your favorite small town in the Southeast. I realize the size of the town is subjective so here's a guide to help: on the Northerly route we loved Westport, Donegal and Ardara. Not crazy about Sligo- a little hectic. Strandhill was very nice but very quiet, but we were there in shoulder season and were high tailing away fromSligo at the time. Bushmills was nice and very enjoyable but we met more tourists than locals. We are travelling in May if that affects your opinion.
So what do you say?