My hubbie and I will be arriving in Shannon on Thursday, April 30 for a two week stay in Ireland. We've been to Dingle a few times in the past but now we'd like to travel a bit before we get there. We plan to rent a car and would like to drive up to Galway to spend a night or two then head back to Clare (perhaps Doolin or anywhere else) for a night and finally travel to Dingle for the remainder of our visit. We have family in the Dingle area and will be staying with them perhaps making trips to Killarney and Kinsale.
So my questions are as follows:
What car rental company would you recommend? We've rented cars from Dan Dooley in the past with no trouble. Are there any others that have better rates? What about the insurance? We could get a Gold MasterCard if that would take care of the CDW. Should we reserve a car ahead of time?
Since we've never been to Galway or Clare, where do you recommend we stay? We would prefer a B & B, close to town with on-site parking. Are there any good pubs and restaurants in close proximity to each other? We plan on going to the Burren. Are there any other interesting places to go? Once we get to Clare, we'd like to go to the Cliffs of Moher. Any other ideas? Since that first weekend in May is a bank holiday weekend, are there any festivals or events going on?
I'm posting this on the Ireland forum as well as the Galway and Clare forums.
Thank you for all your help!