My wife and I are looking for some ideas on a shortish driving trip anywhere in Ireland during your winter. We are pretty active and like to do physical things, as well as checking out sights, history, architecture, old pubs, etc.
We are on a 5 week trip and just spending a few days in Ireland. After spending Xmas with my wife's sister in London, we are hoping to arrive in Belfast on Dec 27th. That is a Sunday and we will hunker down with my uncle and aunty in Ballynahinch. We have a car available and would like to travel around till Dec 31st, where we hope to get back to Ballynahinch for New Years with family and friends.
Our one and only trip was for 5 days, a few years ago and we cruised around meeting relatives and seeing areas that I grew up, Larne, Ballymoney, Glens of Antrim, Craiganorne and a day trip to the Giants Causeway and Portrush. We also did a day trip to Dublin and toured the Guiness factory.
Our aim this time over is to go somewhere different (we have been offered a place to stay at Bushmills but have been in that area before) and to stick to small towns and roads. Does anyone have any good winter, driving suggestions for Dec 28, 29 and 30....possibly doing a loop, starting and finishing at Ballynahinch and not spending too much time driving? Nice hospitable, friendly, Irish pubs will be a big attraction :-))
Some early tips include Thomastown, Dingle, Galway and Sligo.