I'll be traveling to London and Scotland with family this summer, and then am planning to spend 1 week solo in Ireland. I've never been to the UK, and this will also be my first time traveling solo! I am excited, and have heard that Ireland is a great place to experience solo travel! I am a 27 year old female for reference.
I was wondering what suggestions everyone had- I was looking for itinerary ideas, and there seems like there is so much to see. I was considering doing a small group tour, but am now shying away from the idea for budgetary as well as adventurous reasons, since that doesn't quite count as solo travel. I am definitely open to some one day tours, however, especially as I'm a little nervous about getting lonely. I am also open to renting a car, though currently cannot drive stick and I've heard that's what I'm likely to get (though I have some months to learn...).
I'll be in Ireland roughly June 24th-July 1st (need to be back in London for my flight on the 3rd). I know this is peak tourist season, and I'm hoping not to get too caught in a pack. Though things like the Cliffs of Moher and the Blarney Stone sound appealing, I'd also love to hit some of the less touristy places, especially with all of Ireland being so dramatically beautiful. Would love to do a lot of outdoorsy stuff, and am hoping to do some self-guided biking (maybe on the Aran Islands) and if possible some horseback riding. I'd like to do some guided stuff mixed in, as I don't know much about the Irish culture/history (though will start reading now) and would like to learn more during the trip.
Any suggestions as to where to go? Definitely planning on spending a little (maybe 1-2 days) in Dublin for sure, and maybe a few days in Galway/Cork? Also have been reading some great things about Donegal but not sure how difficult that would be to fit in as it seems that has a lot to see on its own. I want to be able to catch a lot of the highlights, but don't want to feel like I'm completely rushing through the trip.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions!!!