I'm traveling to Ireland for the first time in December. I'm a 50-year-old tech-savvy woman who has traveled solo extensively around the US, via car and air, but I've never been outside the US. I'm flying into Dublin and plan to rent a car at the airport, drive AROUND Dublin (not through). My itinerary follows:
Dec 2 - Kilkenny
Dec 3 - Cashel
Dec 4 & 5 - Killarney
Dec 6 - unsure
Dec 7 & 8 - Dublin (I'll return the car and travel by mass transit while in Dublin).
I've read Rick Steves' Ireland 2020.
I'm booked into a combination of modest B & Bs and splurge boutique hotels.
Is there anything I should know about solo vehicle travel that I haven't already read? Also, if anyone has tips about traveling in December (what's open, whether I can hike, etc.) I'd love to know.