I know this has been asked before, but I wanted to present my circumstances and see what people think.
We will be coming over to Ireland via the ferry at Hollyhead, and then would like to spend a few days near Dublin, making trips into the city, before we head north via train to Belfast.
Keeping that path in mind, for efficiency as well as the benefits of each town, where would you recommend staying?
Dun Laoghaire obviously makes sense, however Howth is appealing because the cliff walks sound nice. Unfortunately on this trip we will not be making it out west, so I thought the Howth cliffs might be a nice addition?
We are interested in pub culture, would you recommend Howth or Dun Laoghaire for that experience?
Any comments regarding the DART and if there is much of a benefit to either town?