In just a few months, Doug and I will be going to London for Doug's work and we decided to extend our trip a few days for some personal travel. I had hoped to visit the Highlands in Scotland, but I need more than just a few days for that trip. Doug suggested flying to Paris or Dublin instead. My eyes lit up. Ireland. I've wanted to go back to Ireland ever since we returned from there in 2006. Because it would be our second trip, I wouldn't feel the pressure to see as much as possible. We could pick a town and stay there for a relaxing few days. My decision was made in seconds.
Some of Doug's Irish ancestors came from Westport and the surrounding area, so I thought it would be fun to check it out. I went back to the good people on Trip Advisor's Ireland forum who were such a big help with our first trip and asked for recommendations of things to do.
Our plan is to fly into Dublin, take a leisurely drive across Ireland with a stop at Clonmacnois, then spend three nights at a B&B in Westport. During the day, we'll drive around, exploring the area, and at night, we'll enjoy some of the pubs. On our last full day, we'll drive back to Dublin and reacquaint ourselves with the city before we fly out the next day. Not as much time as I would like, but with three active boys at home, we can't be gone too long. It's going to be great, though, and I can't wait.