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3 weeks in Ireland-home bases

My husband and I are planning our second trip to Ireland. The first was R.S. 8 day tour so we have the main sites covered. This time we want to go slow. We have 3 weeks, are flying into and out of Dublin and plan to rent a car. We thought we'd drive to Glendalough for our first night and maybe a day or two to explore. After that we'd like to make longer stays-3 or 4 days in each place. We are having a hard time figuring out where-they all sound good!!! We are interested in the music and getting a little bit deeper into living like a local, so to speak. We would like to avoid city driving. Since we spent 5 days in Dublin last trip, we want to venture beyond. We are thinking to go west and saving north for another time. If anyone has some craft cider tour advice it would be most welcome as well! Help! Lol! Thank you!

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We made our second trip to Ireland in 2015 (also 3 weeks in duration) with the same goal you've expressed--slowing down and enjoying our favorite areas. Although we did spend a few nights in regular B&Bs we chose to use Airbnb for some longer stays. We rented several cottages and one apartment and therefore were able to cook some of our meals and do laundry when needed. We had looked forward to and very much enjoyed shopping in the local grocery stores in the towns where we were based. Our Airbnb locations were in Baltimore (a nice little fishing village close to Skibbereen), Cahersiveen (a wonderful area to explore--highly recommend it!), Furbo (close to Galway and a great spot to stay if you plan to visit Inishmore) and Westport (the best music sessions!). We also spent three nights in Dingle at our favorite B&B from our previous trip (Milestone House--Barbara and Michael are lovely people!) and enjoyed some good music there as well.