We'll be flying into Dublin on a Sunday afternoon (early Sept) and returning there on a Friday evening to fly out early in the morning. Our time in Ireland will come after 8 days in Scotland, so we will see much dramatic landscape there.
I've read many posts and have listened to friends who have visited Ireland. It seems that our 5 days are not a lot for driving around Ireland and unless we always want to be in the car, we should narrow down the area we try to see. I've considered the Killarney/Dingle area, but am thinking that we might be better off staying somewhere in the Westport/Castlebar/Ballina area and driving to see the area including more remote towns like Belmullet. Perhaps from this location we could take a day trip to Donegal or the Aran Islands for something extra.
Our interest is the landscape, some historic sights, small town experience. We would enjoy renting bikes for a day and hiking around some. We'll be celebrating our 25th anniversary while we are there and would like to be in a pretty town that day. (I had planned on Dingle, but I think it's just too far for the time we have.)
Any comments on these ideas would be appreciated! Are we right in trying to keep to one area? Are trips into Clare and/or Sligo feasible?