My 20-year old daughter and I are flying into London 16 August and out of Paris 28 August. We will stay in London a night or two and in Paris three nights. In between, we’re heading to Ireland, the real point of this trip, flying (I guess flying) into Dublin where we’ll stay two nights and then head west to the Dingle Peninsula, Galway and not sure where else. So, 7 days in Ireland. We are looking for a combination of city (for the poets, writers, music, food), natural (wild) beauty of the countryside (the images we see in the movies shot in Ireland – Waking Ned Devine, Dancing at Lughnasa etc) and charming villages (pubs, music).
I am feeling a bit overwhelmed (faint of heart) because of the driving. I love to drive but the thought of driving “on the other side” and shifting with my left vs right hand is daunting. So, I’m wondering if, to relieve the anxiety, we should take a train from Dublin and take private drivers (a huge luxury) for 2-3 days to tour about – see the coast. But otherwise maybe make “home base” in Dingle for a couple days and same with Galway. We would like to horseback ride one day (in Dingle?).
Am not considering an organized tour – not at all interested in traveling in big groups. Might consider a 3-day small group tour if I thought there would be young people traveling, but unlikely.
Any and all advice is welcome!