Thanks to Aer Lingus' great fares to Germany I ended up planning an entirely unexpected 6 day lay-over in Ireland in January. We arrive on a Wednesday and leave the following Tuesday. I realize that January isn't exactly prime Ireland time but that's what it is :-)
I have never been to Ireland before and my main interest is natural scenery, pubs and people. So far the rough plan is to stay 2 days in Dublin and spend 4 days driving a rental car to Doolin, Dingle and Kilkenny. We'd like to visit Cliffs of Moher, The Burrens, Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry.
Are these good places to go to in January? Looks like a lot of places in Doolin and Dingle are closed in January. Is it still worth going? Any suggestions for (cheap but charming :-) lodging and pubs?
Is winter driving a problem in Ireland?