I am looking to visit Ireland soemtime in the next 2 years or so, but I don't even know where to start. I am looking for advice from people either living in Ireland or who have visited before/ are planning a trip. Feel free not to answer everything, but if you have insight into any of these questions, or you have something that might be useful to me that I didn't ask about, by all means let me know.
First off, a simple question: What is the best time of year to visit?
Second question: Does anyone know of a good way to visit Ireland on a budget? I know Europe has a lot of hostels and the like for students and people who are travelling on budget, but I am not sure about Ireland in specific.
Third question: What sites should I see? I am looking for the traditional stuff, like the castles and the landscape itself, as well as any sites of historical significance. I am less interested in the tourism locations, such as shopping districts, but might want to visit one during the trip.
Fourth question: This one ties into the previous question-- Where should I stay? I am open to travelling around quite a bit, but if I have one central location, where should it be based on my interests?
Fifth question: How long should I plan to stay? I am planning on giving it at least a week, will that let me experience enough?
Thank you in advance for the answers, I really appreciate the feedback. At this stage, all of my plans are preliminary and I am looking for as much insight into this beautiful place as I can find.
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Message edited by jack117 - Saturday, 28 April 2012, 1:40 PM