I'm trying to decide between Wales and Ireland for a 5-6 day trip in late July and wonder if the seasonal tourism intensity in either place at that time would make the choice easier (i.e. I'd like to go where there is less touristy mayhem.) Any suggestions?
You are in the middle of the tourist season for both spots. The bigger question is where in Ireland and Wales you are going and what you want to see and do. I would focus on those priorities and not worry about the tourist mayhem. 5-6 days is totally inadequate to "see" Ireland. You can do a good job of hitting the highlight of Wales in 5-6 days (IMHO). Plan your trip for both and see what makes the most sense. You can focus on a section of Ireland and see it pretty well but I thing an "all Ireland" attempt would be more like a road race.
Thanks Ken. Yes, I would be looking at visiting a portion of West Ireland.
I don't know about July, but I just did a tour of Ireland in May.
I would fly into Shannon. Drive up to Galway, it isn't far. See Connemara and Kylemore Abbey the next day. Stay in Galway that night then head out to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher in the morning. Stay in Killarney and see the national park. (Make sure you take a Jarvey ride.)Drive the Dingle Peninsula the next day. I would also see the Celtic Steps show at the INEC. We had not planned on going and it ended up being a highlight of our trip. If you have time, to Kinsale by way of the Beara Peninsula is beautiful.