Headed to Ireland for the 1st time in early April. I fly in and out of Dublin and I only have a week. I’m thinking 1st and last nights in Dublin and then I may have 1 day/night in May visiting cousins. The other 4 nights are up in the air, but I am focusing on Clare because I have family from there and I want to look into those connections and see where they came from.
Originally I was thinking of 2 nights in Clare and 2 in Galway, but now I am thinking it might be nice to take my time in Clare and just spend the whole time there getting to know the area.
I will have a car. I want to see the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, O’Donohues Pub in Fanore, the Burren, Murrooghkilly (great grandfather grew up there), visit relatives in Gort Galway, see Ennis maybe, perhaps a trip to Aran island?, Pulnabrone Dolmen, maybe Bunratty Castle, Corcomroe Abbey. I’d like to stay somewhere that I can walk to a pub at night. I need someplace with 2 beds since I am traveling with my friend.
Would you try to find 1 place for all 4 nights? Or split it to 2 different locations? Where should I look?
Would it be feasible to go to the Aran Islands in early April? Say the week of April 8th? Is it worth spending a night there?