I am planning my first visit to Ireland this November, focusing only on the southwest for this trip. My friend and I are females in our 40's. We're very active (walking/hiking, biking, horse riding, sailing) and like to see a lot when vacationing; however, we're also careful to plan an itinerary that allows spontaneity (i.e., weather!) and time to enjoy Ireland's people & culture. We'll fly in/out of Shannon and have 9 nights.
We have lodging in the Ennis area for our last 3 nights (we'll see Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Doolin while in that area). Prior to Ennis, we would like to see the Dingle peninsula, the Killarney/ROK area, and possibly Kinsale. Here are my questions:
- Is Kinsale a good addition to our itinerary (please consider we'll visit in November - I am mostly concerned about how active it will still be)? We're considering 2 nts each Kinsale, Kenmare, Dingle.
- I am assuming that Kenmare and Killarney are close enough to one another that staying put in one location for 2 nts is better than 1 nt in each. Leaning toward Kenmare, but open to thoughts (again, trying to gauge November 'liveliness').
- Are there any activities or sights in these four areas (Kinsale, Kenmare, Dingle, Ennis/Burren) that may not be as well-known to tourists? Particularly activities that allow us to see the beautiful outdoors as long as the weather will permit (we're from Wisconsin so we're hardy :).
- Any pubs we should try not to miss? We would like to find pubs with traditional music and/or sing alongs - meeting/spending time with locals would be a highlight for both of us.
I would love any and all advice offered! Particularly: "What is your favorite memory of Ireland?"