Hi yall. I have been a member of this community on and off over the years. Back in '14 you helped me plan a most amazing 2 week roadtrip in Ireland that took place in late september/early october. We had 2 weeks of blue skies and no rain, it was the simply the most amazing trip!!!! This November we are returning for only a week (8 Days, 7 nights) as part of a larger European trip. We are flying into Cork and out of Dublin (same as last time) and plan to hit some of the same sites, but also, of course, would like to hit new ones! We will have a friend with us who has never been out of the USA and this will be her first stop. So we are very excited to take her to our #1 favorite country.
Some sites we plan to hit again but mostly we want to find new treasures. We only have a week and we plan to do extensive driving. I know some may agree and some may disagree, however this is what we plan to do! I am accustomed to driving on the other side of the road, having lived abroad.
Our basic list of must's;
Dingle and surrounding area for at least a day, maybe two. That is our favorite spot in all of Ireland- and though we do expect the weather to be unpredictable and potentially bad, the location holds many memories. We are concerned about conor pass possibly getting snow? We would like to attempt to see Skellig island if the weather cooperates.
Cliffs of Moher- no significant amount of time needed here, an hour or two at most. Friend traveling with us has it as a must see.
I'd like to see Donegal
and...thats basically it. We will likely visit the gap of dunloe again and probably pass through some of our favourite and previously visited villages like kinsale. However we LOVE castles and randomly exploring and finding new things. So we want to leave adequate time for that. HOWEVER wed love suggestions on perhaps castles to go find or villages (we love the adorable little irish villages) to go see or scenic vistas to go explore or possibly even a hike or two to do if the weather is decent! On our previous trip we did some of the bigger tourist hits like Ross castle and banratty and such. We are ok finding ruins of castles just to wander about and explore. We prefer to follow the coastline despite possible bad weather. Wed love any suggestions! We are even open to going up to northern Ireland since we plan to go to Donegal anyways. We have never been up there.
Any suggestions for cozy yet superb pubs to find- even if they are in the middle of nowhere! Live music preferred but not a must. We simply enjoy the atmosphere.
Any other recommendations for a dreary November visit from a couple people who simply love everything about Ireland.