Planning on heading to Ireland at the end of October with a few friends. We are flying in to Dublin (cheapest airport for us) and looking for the best places to hit in mid/end of October. We are wanting to spend most of our days in nature hiking, boating and exploring Ireland's natural beauty and spend our evenings in small local pubs hearing good Irish music.
Our travel plan as of now is:
Arrive in Dublin and spend first day and night in Dublin
Head to Galway and spend next 4 days exploring Galway area including Aran Island
Last day head back to Dublin until we need to head to airport.
We are thinking that hiring a car will be the best idea in terms of getting around. But- we want to make sure that we are not spending our days driving for hours since we have such a short visit to begin with.
So- my question is, where should we go each day when we are in Galway and the surrounding area? What should we see and do? Remember- we will be there in the end of October so I am sure that we have to take that in to account when planning since the weather could be very cold and rainy. (and maybe even snowy?!)
Also- we randomly chose Galway as the 2nd spot to base ourselves but we could also base ourselves in the Killarney area. Which location is better?
Thank so much for any tips and suggestions!