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A week in Ireland for family of 4

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We have decided to try to take a family trip right after school is out (first week of June) and DH suggested Ireland. We have not been there since a few months before our older son was born in 1998. Here are some things I'm thinking about/weighing, and any input would be very helpful. We'll be with two boys, ages 17 and 12.

1. Whether to stay in one place or move around. I know a week is short; it's all we have. Our 1998 trip was our last trip in our pre-child mode of travel, i.e. spending a night here, two nights there, and covering as much ground as possible. Since then we have completely slowed down and have become big fans of self-catering. I know my husband is going to lobby for finding a single place to stay. But I am leaning towards something like four nights in one place and three in another, which I think would mean we would have to stay in B&Bs. I have looked at a few self-catering websites and I did see some places that did not require a full week's stay, but I am guessing they fill up very quickly at that time of year. Thoughts?

2. Either way, where to base ourselves. I am leaning towards limiting ourselves to the west and southwest, but even then, I think we could pick two different places to use as a base. Last time we skipped the Beara peninsula, but I have always wanted to go back. We also loved Dingle. We would probably spend a day driving the Ring of Kerry, but we don't feel compelled to stay right there. I didn't know this when I was there before, but one of my great-grandfathers was from County Clare, and I think I have a cousin who would be able to tell me where his farm was. So that would be a fun little detour - for me, anyway, and would make it easy to take the boys to the Cliffs of Moher.

3. There are a few places on my "wish list" and I would love to get to at least one of them, but any one of them would basically take up a day - so I need to prioritize. They are the Aran Islands, Blasket Islands, and Skellig Michael. I was extremely annoyed at that last scene in Star Wars because I'm assuming Skellig Michael is now on a lot of peoples' itineraries, and it has been on my wish list for years and years. (I was great with child when we were there before and so we tried to avoid places where I might topple over like a Weeble.) If we could fit just one of these in, which one should it be?

4. Is there some special or unique experience we could add that would be memorable for the boys? As an example, something I read about in another post here, I think, was a "Hawk Walk" at Ashford Castle. I think they would love that. But Ashford Castle itself is completely out of our price range. (I can't tell whether you can just book a "Hawk Walk" if you aren't staying there; it looks like you can, and that is something I would happily splurge for (E260 for four people). They can handle moderate doses of history but will be most enthusiastic about being outdoors.

Thank you for any suggestions!

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