We are planning a 2 week trip and want to rent a house in 2 towns/villages for a week each. One will be Killarney, what should the other be?
A week is a nice amount of time to see a lot of the area so I'd explore another part of the country, maybe Westport in County Mayo or somewhere in west Cork which is a stunning part of the country. Towns in west Cork like Skibereen, Schull or Clonakilty are excellent bases to explore the west Cork region.
Yes, I had thought of the area around Westport. Are you familiar with any towns in particular?
What time of the year?What are your interests and will you have a car?Where will you be arriving and departing from?
Not far outside Westport is the small lovely village of Louisburg. It's by the sea and you can do day trips to Clare island from there. Also there's lovely Irish style cottages there which I have stayed in twice and couldn't recommend them highly enough.
Louisburgh is a great recommendation by generator 5000. The drive from Louisburgh to Leenane through the Doolough Valley has a stark beauty. Be sure to read up on the history of the Famine Walk if you do decide to go. Also, Leenane is located on Killary Bay, Ireland's fjord.
We will have a car, will visit in September and like castles, ruins, music and Guinness!
Galway would be my other base.
If you're up for a lot of driving and are interested in something a bit more confronting I'd recommend Antrim. Which I should stress is not in the Republic of Ireland, it's in Northern Ireland and is part of the UK. So you'd have to deal with a new currency etc. Antrim is a really interesting county. It's absolutely beautiful and has a fascinating history, which is still happening today. If you're interested in politics you may really want to consider it.
Another like for the Westport/Louisburgh area - so much history and gorgeous scenery in this part of Ireland, and you will still find empty roads and miles of deserted beaches.
Thank you! Will check out Antrim.