I'm planning my second trip to Ireland for late summer/early fall. Due to some commitments at home I'm either looking to come over the Labor Day holiday (end of Aug/Early Sept) or in mid-October.
Obviously October will be much more quiet; however, will things be shut down early or not open? Are crowds still at their peak at the end of August?
Also, interested in exploring Belfast and Giant's Causeway on this trip and am thinking of taking a train there from DUB and a day trip to Giant's Causeway from Belfast, then returning to DUB to rent a car for the remainder of my trip. I'd like to avoid backtracking as much as possible and know there may be an issue renting a car in the Republic and driving to the North.
Thanks for any feedback, this forum was a great tool for my last trip!