We were originally thinking we might drive upon landing from Dublin to Dufanaghy and spend 3-4 nights there, using the days to explore all the sights and beaches and walks in the area before driving down to Rossaveal for catch the ferry to the Aran Islands for a few days.
Then we realized it would make more sense to spend a night near sligo or somewhere on our way from Dunfanaghy south...allowing us to explore additional coastal towns and scenery along the way. My wife had the idea (after speaking with a friend in Cork) that we should check out Derry. We decided that would work well, to just go dublin-Derry (a little shorter than going all the way to Dunfanaghy) and spend the day and night there. Especially since the next day we were going to go from Dunfanaghy to Malin head and explore that peninsula...staying in Derry allows us to do the same (on our way to dunfanaghy) without backtracking or extra driving.
So now we are at 1nt Derry, 2nts Dunfanaghy, 1nt "sligo"....and it made me wonder...should we just do 1nt each in derry, dunfanaghy and then two stops on our way south? Where should those stops be?