First trip to Ireland and first trip with Road Scholar, so I'm curious as to what type of pants you find to be most comfortable for these types of tours. I know it's somewhat of a personal preference but just look for ideas as to what most of you wear...Khakis style, jeans or knit pants, leggings? Thanks for your help.
Disclaimer: I am a light packing advocate and I sink wash all my clothes when I travel! I usually take 2 pr of jeans (both cotton poly blends that will dry overnight) and a pair of travel pants (from Costco) or capris depending on what time of year. I won't go with less than 3 pr of pants as a friend went on a month's trip with just 2 pr, broke the zipper on one pair and was then reduced to one! However, if you are not extending your time and just going for a week (or 9 days actually), I'd probably go with just 2 pr. In the past I've taken LLBean knit pants but I felt they kind of bagged at the knees after a couple of weeks of hand washing and hanging to dry. I'd take what's comfortable for you to wear. RS trips are pretty casual so any of your choices will work fine. I agree you'll need a waterPROOF rain jacket with a hood. Umbrellas and ponchos are generally useless in a windy rain which is what you might have in Ireland (or Scotland or England, lol!). I managed in Ireland without waterproof shoes on a Rick Steves tour. We didn't hit much rain in our 2 weeks but had a lot of fog. I'd say the wettest your feet might be would be on the visit to the sheep farm which will undoubtedly be in grass (and sheep poo). ~Pam