We are planning a trip to Ireland hoping to arrive sometime between May 6th-9th 2015.
Depending on what day we get our award tickets on VA from Boston to London and then on UA to Belfast, we will have a total once we arrive in Belfast, of 16-19 days to drive around the country and depart back to London from Dublin. If we are unable to get 1-3 extra days we would like to take them off Belfast &/or Dublin combined.
We are adventerous Sr. Citizens. Next year we will be 74 and almost 79. We will rent a car in Belfast and return it to Dublin. This year for the first time we will get an automatic - our age!!
We are interested in sightseeing (touristy and non-touristy). Enjoy beautiful scenery, whether it be mountains, lakes, the ocean forests etc etc. Anything historic - buildings castles etc. Museums big and small, special interest museums and (me especially) art museums. We enjoy plays, concerts, getting to know the people. Chatting with them. Doing what the locals do. We are not big drinkers - if hubby has a beer, I usually have a few sips. Any more and I desperately want to fall asleep. That does not mean we will not go to the pubs. We will.
B & B's, and hotels are fine to mix and match. Comfy bed, friendly B & B hosts. Hotels that are welcoming and love to help the tourists have a memorable visit in their town and countryside. We probably will stay at the Ibis in Belfast and maybe Dublin. Cheap, clean and decent rooms.
We will eat anything once. In South Africa at a pre wedding luncheon in Cape Town, in an African restaurant, I pursuaded 3 other people in the party to try Fried Dried Worms. It was the first time for the 4 of us. Not too bad, and tasted crunchy!
We are not into sports or watching them. Although I like to watch football (UK not USA kind). We do not hike, play golf or fish. We sound rather boring, don't we?! We are not physically handicapped, although I truly am a clutz. Sprained my ankle on 2 separate vacations when our children were very young. I had to use a wheel chair and hubby managed the stroller .
Hubby still works full time, I work 3 days a week.
So to start we would love to have any and all of your suggestions as to a reasonable itinerary for 19 days/18 nights. (I am a born optimist).
1. How many days for Belfast out of the 19 and ditto for Dublin.
2. What towns big and small and maybe villages would we stay in for 1-3 nights as we travel around the country. Some of the places in which we will stay, we would like to take day trips, if this would turn out to make any sense.
Once we have a rough idea of places to sleep, then I can look on trip advisor as to what to see and/or do. Then next, I will look at recommendations for where to eat from pubs to restaurants etc.
The world is our oyster, and we really enjoy oysters when available and on a splurge.
Thankyou for taking the time to read this very elongated epistle.
We look forward to hearing from you with your itinerary suggestions.