My (adult) daughter and I are trying to plan a trip for this coming January, and she wants to see Ireland. The problem is, I'm not sure how much there is to do in Jan, as when I've previously looked at going to Ireland I was planning for summer and a lot of it was outside.
We'd have about 14-15 days for the trip, including travel days. I figure we'd want to spend some time in Dublin, but I don't know how much. We're mainly interested in history and nature, but I'm not sure there's much nature that's good to visit in Jan. Are there interesting day trips from Dublin? I saw one suggestion for a coastal walk, and I'd like to visit Newgrange.
Is the weather approximately similar to London? We've been to London several times in Jan, but then we do mostly museums and theatre. We haven't had too many days where walking out in nature seems like the best thing to do.
When planning before, I was looking at staying in/near Doolin for part of the time for the Cliffs of Moher, but I don't know it that's a good plan for January. Maybe some in Dublin and some in Galway? Any other suggestions for good winter spots?
Ideally we could do the trip by public transport, but I'm willing to hire a car if we have to. I have plenty of experience driving in winter here, and no trouble with a manual transmission.
I've also considered splitting the time between London and Dublin. Or maybe just give up on Ireland and the UK and go to southern Spain...
Thanks for any advice.