We're landing in Dublin in June. From there we were thinking of heading up to Belfast and then off to Derry. We want to get to Giant's Causeway while there. After a few days up there, we would like to work our way back to Galway and explore more from there.
My questions relate to methods of travel to the first few points. What is the best way to get from Dublin Airport to Belfast and then up to Derry and Giant's Causeways? I have looked at some of the bus and train schedules. I am just debating about whether it would be easier and better in the long run to just get a car for the trek into Northern Ireland. I haven't been able to determine if there is a bus or train from Dublin into Belfast and then into Derry, etc.
Obviously, we're not looking at doing all this in one day.
In the other direction, we're looking at going to the Aran Islands out of Galway. Is there a train that reasonably gets from Dublin Airport to Galway and then is the Galway train station anywhere near the boats to the Aran Islands?
Thanks in advance for any help/advise you can provide.