We'll be staying (ever so briefly) at the following hotels during a group tour with friends for part of our 11 nights and would appreciate any recommendations on pubs, specialty stores, or any must-see sights in these areas other than (or better than!) what we are scheduled to see in the organized tours below. Sorry for the lengthy post but would very much appreciate any advice on other must-see's or any of the already-planned options that are not so must-see...
Dublin - Arlington Hotel (2 nights).
Organized tour includes Hill of Tara, Boyne Valley to see the ancient passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth. Then back to Dublin to see the GPO, National Brewery, and Guinness brewery.
Youghal - Sir Walter Releigh Hotel (1 night)
Morning in Cork City on our own, host recommends St Finbarr's Cathedral, Grand Parade shopping area and the river Lee. Later Fota House & Zoo followed by Jameson Distillery. Then pubbing or beachcombing after dinner?
Ennis - Temple Gate Hotel (2 nights)
Day tour of West Clare Peninsula, Keane country. Lunch at lighthouse pub, tour Bridges of Ross & Loop Head Lighthouse.
Spend a few hours in Galway, the group is doing a wine tasting at Sheridan's, other ideas for a couple hours?
Aran Islands - Aran Islands Hotel (2 nights)
We have a full day to ourselves so ideas welcome.
Back to Galway on the ferry and we will tour the famous Burren region of County Clare. Ballyvaughan, Lisdoonvarna, and the Cliffs of Moher.