Today I am missing Ireland more than usual so I guess it is a sign to start planning my return trip.
I am thinking either very early September of this year or perhaps early May of next (although that seems impossibly far away). Maybe 10 days to 2 weeks and focused on either the north west or the south west. Not both! I'm flexible on the airports. Either in and out at Shannon or in at Shannon and out at Dublin as I wouldn't mind spending at least one full day in Dublin. I will be renting a car. I loved driving in Ireland, it was awesome fun ( well except for Galway City)!
Help me chose, please.
I loved Kenmare and Cos. Kerry, Cork and Clare. Chose not to do the ROK last time but wouldn't mind it this time out. Didn't get to Mizen Head or Loop Head and would love to see them this time. Missed Ennis last time as well.
I would like to see Cork/Cobh but a bit leery of driving in the city. Didn't get there the last time.
I loved, loved the feel of the land and loved driving in Connemara last time. Got as far north as Kylemore and Leenane. It is simply a most gorgeous place and I would like to explore more.
I am not interested in visiting Galway City, or as nice as it was, staying in Clifden again. Wouldn't mind maybe an overnight on Inis Mor and heading further north into Donegal etc. although as yet I don't know much about that area. I will, don't worry!
I don't want to spend too much time moving from place to place. The only 1 nighters would be possibly the night before departure and reluctantly the day of arrival. Oh, and the possible night on Inis Mor.
So your vote/suggestions for which area to see and places (towns and B&Bs). Maybe a possible itinerary for the area you suggest.
For those of you that don't know me I'm a solo woman traveler, 62 but healthy and getting fitter every day. Not much into museums and fancy houses but love beautiful scenery, good places to eat (not necessarily fancy, good pubs are fine by me). I like history and ancient places, good plays and good music. I am a recent fan of Rugby so being able to take in a game or two might be nice. Not much of a fan of the over touristy. Although I did enjoy the Birds of Prey Center in Co. Clare.
All suggestions gratefully considered.