My husband and I are beginning to plan a big trip to Ireland in 2017. He has ancestral domains in the Thurles/Dungarvan area and then in the Mayo/Sligo area. In addition to seeing the usual tourist spots.
We are planning on staying 4-6 weeks. We'd stay in Dublin for 4-6 days and then, rent a car and go out into the country and rent 1 or 2 homes for the rest of the time.
Option 1: Our original thought was to rent just one place in a central spot, like Birr. But that means usually a 2 hour drive to just about everywhere that we would want to go.
Option 2: The alternative is to rent in two different places. One down in the Thurles area and then one up in the Mayo/Sligo area. Doing 2-3 weeks in each spot.
Are we correct in thinking that the location in Birr would create too much extra driving time? We like the idea of staying in just one spot, so you can get to know your neighbors and pubs, etc. But maybe the one spot isn't realistic.
We're already monitoring the HomeAway site, along with Sykes and Shamrock rental sites.
Any thoughts, comments or suggestions?