Anyone want to share your favorite sights, drives, villages, and B&B experiences? We leave in a week for Ireland, and I've got our itinerary pretty full for the first 2 weeks going from Dublin to Doolin--Taking it clockwise. Now I'm finding it hard to muster as much enthusiasm for the last week around to north.
WE loved Northern Ireland. For sites to see there is : Giants Causeway, Bushmill Brewry, Ulster- American Folk Park, Londonderry, Castle Coole, Marble Arch Caves. Northern Ireland is really lovely, as far as B&B go we stayed at two really nice ones. I highly recommend Heathfield Farm and Anna's House B&B.
I have to agree 100% with Renee. If you like hordes of American tourists,tour buses,long lines at Blarney Castle etc. then by all means skip Northern Ireland and Donegal and concentrate on the south and west of Ireland. If you are looking for just the opposite with awe inspiring scenery then do the north of Ireland. Donegal has the most rugged beauty of ANY location in Ireland. The Giants Causeway,Antrim Coast,Mountains of Mourne,Derry and Belfast are all certainly worth a visit.
Yes, yes, yes, I agree with Renee and Pat. The time spent in Northern Ireland was actually my favorite. Giant's Causeway was amazing! The wall murals in Derry were awe inspiring and brought tears to my eyes. Very moving. Also, I think the people were a little friendlier in Derry because they are not nearly as swamped with tourists. Northern Ireland is very lovely.
We enjoyed the Giants Causeway and the drive on the Antrium Coast is great.Also if returning to the Dublin area Newgrange was one of my highlights of Ireland.