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Trip Report First trip to Ireland--won't be the last!

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Although I didn't post any questions to the Fodor's Ireland board while planning our recent trip, I did find some helpful information by searching the board. So I thought I'd post a report about our trip in case it helps others with their own trip planning.

We are a middle-aged couple who have been traveling more and more over the past few years, and planning increasingly long (for us) trips. We both have some flexibility in our job schedules, so we now aim for 2-week trips instead of 1-week trips. We already have a 2-week trip to Greece planned for this September, but we realized in March that we wanted to plan something for earlier in the summer. I've always wanted to go to Ireland, but my partner has been resistant out of concern that the weather would be too cold and rainy. I finally convinced him to give it a try; the relatively cheap direct flights from DC to Dublin didn't hurt! Because of the upcoming Greece trip, we kept this one relatively short, at 9 nights.

Our itinerary was as follows: arrive Dublin on a Friday morning (June 12), pick up a car and then a SIM card for our MiFi device, and drive to Cashel for the night. (We wanted to see the Rock of Cashel, and we figured that would be enough driving after an overnight flight.) Then spend the next three nights in Bantry, followed by two nights in Lismore. End with three nights in Dublin, flying home on June 21.

This is more moving around than we normally do when we travel--our usual style is to rent an apartment in one or two areas and explore locally. But we couldn't settle on a part of Ireland to base in, at least not for a first trip. So we mainly went the B&B route, which we enjoyed very much.

I'll provide more details in subsequent posts! This is my first trip report, so please bear with me. ;)

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