Four of us will be spending 9 days visiting Ireland from the United States. After a couple of days in Dublin, we plan to rent a car and drive toward Galway. We plan to stay for the next 4 or 5 days in that area, exploring the west coast. I am not sure I want to stay in Galway, as I normally prefer the quaint, cozy smaller towns. Can someone please recommend some smaller, cozy towns with a good selection of inns or historic hotels that will give us the feel of staying in the Irish country side, instead of the experience being in just another big city. And...if I am wrong about Galway, let me know.
Thank you to those who take the time to answer, I really appreciate it.