Spouse and I will be in Dublin for a business meeting in mid-March, and will stay there for three nights (our first trip to Ireland). After that, we'd like to head up to the Antrim Coast (stay at the Dieskirt Farm B&B) for a couple of nights, then head over to Doolin as a base for a couple of nights, and from there get ourselves to Shannon for return flight home.
Since we neither want to do our traveling by all train/bus or by all car, we have thought about taking the train from Dublin to Belfast, and renting a car there for our Glenariffe stay. Then we'd drive to Sligo, stay there a night (where spouse's company has a plant, so accommodations would be free if he spends a few hours at the plant), then after the visit the next morning, head to Doolin.
Actually, I'd prefer to use public transportation on the longer trips (Dublin/Glenariffe; Glenariffe/Doolin) and rent cars from where we're based (I'm assuming this would mean renting and returning a car in Belfast, then renting in Galway and returning in Shannon). The nerve-wracking part of the trip would be most likely getting around Belfast if we rented in Dublin and drove to Glenariffe. I'm more worried about driving in the cities than the countryside.
So tentative itinerary would be: spend three nights in Dublin, arrive in Glenariffe the evening of the fourth night; stay there two nights (which would really only be one full day in the area, then, so maybe three nights in Glenariffe); drive from Glenariffe to Sligo and stay there one night; drive from Sligo to Doolin and stay there two-three nights. An interesting tidbit - the second leg of the trip will place us back in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, which coincidentally happens to be our anniversary.
If we rent a car, we will splurge for an automatic; I've seen several car rental companies mentioned on this board, but spouse's company gets a special rate through Avis. Any thoughts? Oh, and what is CDW insurance?