I have traveled to England, France and Italy, both on my own and on RS tours. I am now planning a trip to Ireland from March 7 to 23 for my husband and me, both in our early 50's. Unfortunately, there is no RS tour at that time. I have the RS Ireland tour book to help with plannning, what I am most looking for personal recommendations, especially where to go where we might most enjoy St. Patrick's Day. I've read that Dublin is really wild, not really what we want.
I love music, art and history, as well as shopping for unique items, my husband enjoys music, scenery and beer. We may go on a CIE tour or rent a car. If we do our own, we're not sure about doing a circle beginning and ending in Dublin or flying into Dublin and departing from Shannon.
I'm not worried about weather conditions as it will be much colder here at home at that time, I just would like recommendations for exceptional pubs, B&B's, tours, anything about getting to experience Ireland the back-door way.
Thanks for any suggestions.