|Subject: Re: Re: Ireland trip|
Several of the big tour bus companies (Brendan Tours, for one) offer self-drive tour options. They are often a good deal. The company will provide vouchers for bed and breakfasts (these are widely accepted, but do double check when you book if a particular B&B takes them) and a rental car package. They'll usually throw in maps and a B&B guide. I highly, highly recommend B&B. They are cheap, clean, friendly, and full of information. They are also ubiquitous enough that you do not have worry about booking way in advance. In fact, on my first trip to Ireland the ONLY B&B I booked in advance was for my first night. After that I asked for a recommendation from the current B&B owner for where I should stay the next night. Every single one had a friend or two that also ran a B&B at my next destination.
A convenient, inexpensive place to stay in the Galway area is Corrib Village. Corrib is a set of student dormitories for University of Ireland, Galway. They let vacationers rent out rooms or entire suites. Very convenient for a group or family. A suite contains 1 bedroom with a double bed, 1 bedroom with a single bed, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, a toilet room, a separate bathroom (also with toilet), and a kitchen/sitting room. If I recall correctly utensils, dishes, glasses, and pots were in the kitchen though you need to provide your own groceries, napkins, etc. There is a Pound Store (similar to Dollar Stores in the US) in Galway where you can cheaply buy cups, paperplates, kitchen towels, and the like. Corrib Village is in easy walking distance to the center of Galway. They also have a bus that drops off and picks up every hour. There is also a small Laundromat, tiny little 7-11 type store and a cafeteria. Great place to make your home base and take day trips around Galway and Connemara # from this area the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and Killamore Abbey are in easy reach. Website: http://www.corribvillage.com
Erina, Reston, VA