I heard from a friend of mine, who also happens to be my travel agent, that the best way to see Ireland is to plan nothing and just wing it. So that is exactly what we did. When a travel agent who works on commission tells you not to pre-book something, you know you can trust his advice because now he is losing money. Best advice ever! If you ever need a travel agent, let me know and I'll hook you up with a great one!
We flew into Galway on what Nikkiy refers to as "a toy plane with a lawn mower engine". The only thing we had planned other than that flight, was a rental car. No hotels, no mapped out drive, NADA!! First order of business........pile all 5 people and their luggage into this tiny "SUV" and learn to drive on the wrong side of the road....or at least the airport parking lot!
After a LOT of screaming and a whole bunch of accidental shrub trimming, we were off.....until we hit the first roundabout! Galway is a very small town. Not exactly hard to find your way around in, but poor Nicole had Mike navigating, and three backseat drivers screaming "CURB" for the first 45 minutes of the drive. I think we got lost at least five times before we found our way to the city center of Galway. At some point, I stopped watching because being on the wrong side of the road was freaking me out!