First, I apologize for the numerous questions. I hope it's okay to post specific questions as they arise, rather than make one long post asking everything at once.
In early November, we will be renting a car in Dublin and driving to Belfast, on to Derry, and then coming around through Donegal and Mayo to eventually come to Galway. So far, I have booked one night in Crossmaglen and then we are heading to Belfast where I am doing research on the murals. I have already visited the Shankill/Falls Road area extensively, but now wish to view more loyalist murals in East and North Belfast. I have 2 to 3 days to devote to this, so I'm pretty flexible about where I stay, as long as driving won't be horrible and parking will be convenient.
In some ways, I'd prefer to drive myself around but would I have more luck hiring a driver to escort me to specific areas?
Where should I stay? On a previous visit I stayed at Avenue Guesthouse and loved it, but parking wasn't very convenient on Eglantine. Should I look for someplace on the East side or even as far as Bangor?
Finally, after Belfast I want to go to Derry. I've already visited Giant's Causeway and the whole north coast but my husband hasn't. I'd love to see the Glens of Antrim again, but I'm nervous about driving along the coast road in November. Would there be lodging availble in the Glens in November, or should we stay in Derry?
Again, my regrets for the long post. But THANK YOU!