we are going to be in ireland the last week of november. never been there before and we are hoping for suggestions of places to go. we are wanting to rent a car, avoid the cities and visit the countryside and cliffs. we are particularly interested in stone circles and standing stones.
You don't say which airport you are coming in to, but there is a small stone circle in Kenmare. On the Dublin side, Newgrange is definitely worth a visit, and in November you'll practically have it all to yourselves.
Poulnabrone - County Clare, Western Ireland. If you are travelling through the Burren, worth a stop.
I have taken my traveling companions miles down the road and across fields to see, admire, and touch ancient stones! From Dublin: Newgrange, is a great place to start, and if you like round towers, ancient graveyards and tall crosses, stop at Monasterboice as well. South of Dublin is the ancient monastic ruins and a round tower at Glendalough. From there, you might go on to Carlow; it has an outstanding portal dolmen (Brown's Hill Dolmen), in a field east of town on R726. Another ancient place is the Rock of Cashel, sw of Carlow. Daytime is short in Ireland in Nov., and distances take longer than it looks on the maps, so do plan your driving and stops with that in mind. Ardmore,east of Youghal on the coast, has a great round tower. Or you could head West instead: there are books about stone circles, etc. in Co. Cork, Clare (esp. the Burren) and Dingle Peninsula. I would fly into Dublin and out of Shannon to see the Cliff of Moher as well. Sounds like a lot to see. Enjoy!
I forgot to add--with emphasis--buy the Michelin map of Ireland and even an Ordnance Survey map of places you will be spending more time. The Michelin map is essential for driving in Ireland. The regular tourist maps (eg. car rental maps) only include major roads and are pretty useless unless you are a passenger in a bus!