I'm going to Ireland this August and am trying to figure out what cities to use as bases. I'm not going to be renting a car. I get into Dublin on the 10th around noon and fly back to London on the 20th. I was looking at another trip report of someone who visited Ireland without a car and they ended their trip in Galway and took the city link bus back straight to airport. I decided to do this as well, since Galway is an area I wanted to see too. I've already have my ticket for the bus. The 20th will mostly be a travel day with no time to do much. I'll have a bit of time in the morning.
I'm having a hard time deciding what other cities to use as bases and how long to stay in each city. This is my first time to Ireland. I'm most looking forward to seeing the beautiful country side. I love being by the water, walking in nature with my camera taking pictures, seeing history.... I'd much rather have quality time in places over quantity of what I see.
I was thinking maybe Dublin. Cork, Killarney and Galway for bases. I think that might be too many though with the time frame I have.