We will spend almost one month in Ireland on the tiniest budget in the universe (even though I have been dreaming/saving/scrounging for ten years). This is definitely a once in a lifetime trip for me.
I need advice.
What should we prepare?
I was planning on taking a GoPro but should I bring my Canon 5D Mii?
We'll be there the first two weeks of July and the last two weeks of September (I was thinking Northern Ireland in July and Southern/Central Ireland in September.) We will be in Scotland from Mid August to Mid September and will be in England/Wales from mid July to Mid August.
What is worth the expense?
Any warnings about travel in Ireland? Crazy serial killers, gangs, terrorists, etc.?
What about the weather? We are from Southern California where it's 86F (30C) in January. Does it rain much in the summer? Jeans & T's or Jackets & Boots? Will it rain much while we are there?
I will be with my seventeen year old daughter who will have just graduated High School. I want to spend time with her before she leaves for college.
We're not interested in a party type scene but I want it to be fun and interesting for her too.
She's an American girl so of course she likes to shop and loves music but she is also writer and a bibliophile. She consumes books and has read everything from Ayn Rand, Dante, Dorothy Sayers, Austen, Dostoevsky, Tolkien, Lewis, etc. to contemporary authors as well. Trinity Library will be like the visiting the Libraries of Alexandria. She thinks it's gross but she will kiss the Blarney Stone!
I was also considering the Harry Potter places and castles, etc. I know she's older now but I thought it would be nostalgic of her childhood.
I was also thinking of some George RR Martin 'A Song of Fire and Ice' (Game of Thrones) locations like the Dark Hedges, etc. Is it worth it?
I know the legal drinking age is 18 but it's 21 in the US. I'm not against her having a rare champagne toast or Margarita-ish drink with dinner but definitely no drunkenness. With that in mind, are the Dublin Haunted/Hellfire Club tours inappropriate?
What are the places and things that we should definitely not miss?
Any random advice? Off the beaten path memory makers?
What can make it magical?