Hi all, posted here before and thank you for the great feedback. We have booked our flights-arrive in Dublin early morning July 16; leave from Shannon afternoon July 25. Will probably stay in Dublin two nights; we have lived in big cities so would prefer to spend most of our time in small towns and see the beautiful countryside. My husband prefers to stay in 3 places max (including Dublin) so we need some advice regarding two other somewhat central locations to stay as bases for the remainder of the trip. Here are some questions:
1. We will probably take the train from Dublin to our first destination-should we travel to Cork, Killarney, or Limerick Junction? Also, from looking on the Irish Rail website, it looks as though tickets are not available for July 18. Is this because it is too early to book or could all of the trains be already sold out?
2. We are interested in visiting Cork and neighboring towns, also the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. We would love to see Doolin, Ennis, and Galway but are not sure we have enough time.
Given the above, where would you base yourself in the west/southwest to maximize our sightseeing/drinking/eating time and minimize our packing/unpacking/checking in/checking out time.
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated! I like to spend time researching, but this forum saves me so much time and I am grateful to the many knowledgeable and generous contributors! Thanks!