Ireland Travel Guides

When you think of Ireland, you’re probably picturing rain, green rolling hills, leprechauns, and pubs on every corner. While all of these things exist (except maybe the leprechauns, but who knows?), Ireland is much more than the stereotypes that many people associate with it.

Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland, despite its small size and location in Western Europe, has a diverse landscape and terrain, as well as a rich cultural heritage.

The Atlantic Ocean has carved out dramatic coastlines, leaving endless unspoiled beaches and rocky peninsulas. Meanwhile, the inland offers rolling green pastures, peat bogs, and quiet lakes. All over the country, you’ll find forts, megalithic tombs, castles, and stone villages.

All of these bear witness to Ireland’s long history, diverse culture, and rich tradition. Pubs and traditional music add to the experience, and many visitors say it’s also the Irish people’s friendliness that makes them want to return.

What Makes Ireland a Great Place to Visit?

Wicklow Way Glendalough

Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle due to its lush green landscape, has attracted visitors for centuries.

With its friendly people, rugged coastlines, and troubled but fascinating history, this tiny island has something for everyone.

Here are some of the reasons why so many people want to go to Ireland or have it on their bucket list.

● Ireland has many beautiful landscapes to explore and amazing places to see.

● Ireland offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures.

● In Ireland, you can rent a castle (without breaking the bank)

● Ireland has a turbulent yet fascinating history.

● Some of the best road trips and most scenic drives in the world are in Ireland.

● Some of the oldest pubs in the world can be found in Ireland.

Know Before You Go

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It’s understandable why Ireland is on so many people’s bucket lists. The country has some of the world’s most beautiful natural scenery, friendly people, and charming towns and villages.

However, there are a few things you should know before visiting the Emerald Isle if you are planning a trip there. Before you travel to Ireland, it’s best to brush up on your knowledge about the country.

Interesting Facts About Ireland

What Is the Difference Between Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Dublin (Ireland)?

Irish Stereotypes

Read Books About Ireland

Watch Movies Set in Ireland

Learn Some Irish Jokes

Some Essential Details to Take Note Of

ireland currency

English and Irish are the official languages.

It is uncommon to hear Irish spoken outside of Gaeltacht areas on Ireland’s west coast, where it is spoken. You will see signs in both English and Irish as you travel, though. In Northern Ireland, English is also spoken.

Learn a few words in Irish Gaelic:

Hello / Thank you
Good morning / Good evening
Irish Slang Words

Currency

The Euro is the Irish currency (EUR). $1.14USD 1.14qual to 1 EUR. The Pound is the currency in Northern Ireland. One US dollar is worth 0.79 pounds in the pound exchange rate.

Card machines and ATMs

Credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland. Euros are useful for small purchases, tips, and dealing with small businesses. In Ireland, finding an ATM is pretty easy. They are referred to as “Cashpoints” and can be found on the main streets of any town or city.

Power Plugs and Standard Voltage

The standard voltage in Ireland is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Power plugs and sockets are type G. For hair dryers and other hot tools, investing in a universal adapter with surge protection and using a converter is recommended.

Safety

Millions of tourists visit Ireland each year, with few reports of crime and violence. Overall, the crime rate is low, so you won’t have to be concerned if you go. Take the usual precautions and you’ll be fine.

Organizing Your Trip To Ireland

Abbey Street Dublin Ireland

So you’ve decided it’s time to travel to Ireland, which means you’re probably eager to get started planning your trip!

Ireland is a breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating country with something spectacular to see no matter where you go.

This Ireland travel guide aims to make your trip as stress-free as possible, so you can concentrate entirely on the seemingly endless green landscapes.

Keep the following in mind when planning your trip to Ireland:

Know the requirements for your visa.

Take a look at the travel restrictions.

● Create a detailed itinerary of your trip to Ireland. Check out this sample itinerary for a weeklong visit to Ireland.

● Make a final decision on your budget for your trip to Ireland.

● Look for the best airfare and hotel room deals.

● Make a packing list.

● Invest in travel insurance.

Read Ireland travel tips.

Best Time To Visit saltee island ireland

Ireland is a country that can be enjoyed year-round. There are numerous fantastic activities and sights to see throughout the year. Since your visit may be dictated by your interests or available time, we’ve prepared this handy guide for you.

The best time to visit Ireland in terms of weather and crowds is between March and May, and September to November. These months are not as crowded as summer and not as cold as winter.

Having said that, Ireland has a mild, temperate climate, and you can visit any time of year, though it can be rainy at times. In most cases, weather changes are not drastic.

Summer (June, July, and August) is the hottest season in Ireland. This is also the time when the landscapes are most vibrant and the days are the longest. It is, however, crowded, and travel costs are high.

Although some sites close in late October and temperatures drop, it remains above freezing throughout the winter. This is a wonderful time to visit Ireland because it is at its most peaceful.

Here’s our monthly Ireland travel guide to help you plan your trip to the Emerald Isle. For each month you’ll learn about the weather, the best things to do, and some helpful tips.

Ireland in January
Ireland in February
Ireland in March
Ireland in April
Ireland in May
Ireland in June
Ireland in July
Ireland in August
Ireland in September
Ireland in October
Ireland in November
Ireland in December

National Holidays in Ireland

There are many interesting festivals and holidays in Ireland that one must experience. 

Saint Patrick’s Day
Festivals in Ireland

Who Invented Halloween?

Getting In

Sightseeing bus Belfast

Dublin is the main point of arrival in the Republic of Ireland, Belfast is the main point of arrival in Northern Ireland, and Shannon, near Limerick city in County Clare, is the major airport providing direct access to the west coast. No matter where you are in the UK, Europe, Asia, or the rest of the world, there is a way to get to Ireland.

Have you started making plans for your trip to Ireland? Here’s how to get to the lovely Emerald Isle in a jiffy.

● By bus from the UK – the main bus services to Ireland are operated by National Express and Bus Éireann under the brand name Eurolines, crossing the Irish Sea via Stranraer, Holyhead, and Pembroke.

● By ferry from the UK – Ireland is accessible via many ferry routes. High-speed catamarans serve some of these routes (which can also transport cars). One of the largest operators is Stena Line.

● By train from the UK – Travelers from the United Kingdom usually take one of three routes across the Irish Sea: Stranraer to Belfast, Holyhead to Dublin/Dn Laoghaire, or Fishguard to Rosslare. Travel times are generally shorter than by coach: for example, London to Dublin takes about eight hours, while Glasgow to Belfast takes only four and a half hours.

● From the United Kingdom and Europe, by plane – There are dozens of routes to choose from, and new destinations are added frequently (and unsuccessful routes sometimes being phased out). Since there is so much competition, prices can be ridiculously low, especially if you book online. The key is to make a reservation as soon as possible.

● From the United States and Canada, by plane – Ireland is easily accessible from the United States, with nonstop flights available from several American airlines: Delta flies nonstop from Atlanta and New York (JFK) to Dublin (summer only); American flies nonstop from Chicago to Dublin; Continental flies nonstop from Newark to Belfast, Dublin, and Shannon; and US Airways flies nonstop from Philadelphia to Dublin. The Republic’s national airline, Aer Lingus, operates the most routes.

● From Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe, by plane – Flights from these areas typically pass through London or another European or Gulf city with nonstop flights to Ireland, such as Frankfurt or Abu Dhabi.

Airports

Dublin Airport

Learn more about the major airports in Ireland

Airport Transfers

Flying to Ireland soon? Here are guides to getting from Dublin or Belfast airports to their respective city centers.

Getting Around In Ireland

grafton street dublin

You won’t need a car if you stay in the capital cities of Dublin and Belfast. Both cities are small enough to walk around and have excellent public transportation systems.

Although private coach buses connect the major towns, renting a car and driving is a good idea if you want to see rural Ireland or have more flexibility in your schedule.

If you want to take a road trip around Ireland, keep in mind that the country drives on the left, and automatic cars are uncommon, so plan ahead of time.

The following guides will help you how to get around Ireland’s cities, covering everything from navigating the largest metro areas to traveling from one city to another.

Places To Visit In Ireland

cliffs of moher tour and tips

Some may believe that on such a small island, there isn’t much to see or do. Those who do go to Ireland, on the other hand, will find a plethora of hidden gems – from stunning sceneries to historic places.

You might even meet some animals that are native to Ireland! Whether you’re a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie, a history buff, a literature buff, or a fan of Irish bands, there’s something for you here.

To show what Ireland has to offer, the following locations have been divided into three categories.

Regardless of your interests, you can rest assured that these are the best places to visit in Ireland. You can’t go wrong with any of them if all you want to do is have a good time!

Natural Wonders of Ireland

National Parks in Ireland
Lakes in Ireland
Beaches in Ireland
Waterfalls in Ireland
Best Places to see the Northern Lights in Ireland

Day Trips in Ireland

Day Trips from Dublin
Day Trips from Belfast
Day Trips from Galway
Day Trips from Cork
Day Trips from Killarney
Day Trips from Limerick

Best Attractions in Ireland

Skellig Islands
The Cliffs of Moher
The Slieve League
Famous Landmarks

Northern Ireland Attractions

There are many places to visit in Northern Ireland, below are some of the best places to visit. 

Dark Hedges
Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Giants Causeway
Titanic Belfast

Things To Do In Ireland

Belfast Castle
Belfast Castle

From its rich Celtic culture to the breathtaking beauty of its diverse landscapes, Ireland is a travel destination that lives up to its almost mythic reputation.

The Emerald Isle is truly green, the scenery is breathtaking, and the people are warm and friendly. Despite its small size, crowded cities, and sprawling suburbs, Ireland has stretches of roads and trails where visitors can feel as if they have the entire island to themselves.

Those seeking a more social travel experience need only enter a local pub to feel at ease. Ireland enchants every visitor, whether they stay in an ancient castle, cycle along a coastal headland, or visit a world-class museum to see Celtic artifacts.

The island of Ireland is divided into two parts: the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. This guide on the best things to do in Ireland is a comprehensive list that includes both Irelands.

Road Trips in Ireland

Wild Atlantic Way
 Scenic Drives in Ireland

Hiking in Ireland

Scenic Hiking Trails in Galway

Visiting Castles in Ireland

Best Castles in Ireland
Best Castles in Galway
Best Castles in Dublin
Best Castles in Northern Ireland
Haunted Castles in Ireland

Museums in Ireland

Best Museum in Dublin
Galway City Museum
Guinness Storehouse

Ireland Bucket List

● Learn some Irish Dance and a few Irish Songs

Surfing in Ireland

Playing Golf in Ireland

What To See and Do in Each County

Planning to explore the rest of Ireland after spending time in Dublin? Here’s what to expect when it comes to attractions and destinations in other counties in Ireland.

Things To Do In Antrim
Things To Do In Clare
Things To Do In Cork
Things To Do In Donegal
Things To Do In Down
Things To Do In Dublin
Things To Do In Galway
Things To Do In Kerry
Things To Do In Kilkenny
Things To Do In Laois
Things To Do In Limerick
Things To Do In Louth
Things To Do In Mayo
Things To Do In Meath
Things To Do In Shannon
Things To Do In Sligo
Things To Do In Tipperary
Things To Do In Westmeath
Things To Do In Wicklow

Where To Stay

Waterford Castle Hotel Waterford

The majority of flights into and out of Ireland pass through Dublin, which is an excellent place to spend a few days. If you want to see the city on foot, stay in the city center.

You may be ready to explore the rest of Ireland after a couple of nights in Dublin. Many visitors travel south to Cork or Limerick, using these cities as a base for exploring the surrounding small towns and villages.

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is also a thriving city that serves as a gateway to the stunning Antrim coast. Alternatively, you could fly from Dublin to Galway and spend your days exploring the towns along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Whether you prefer the sea, the city, or the wilderness, or are looking for something for history buffs, romance seekers, families, or groups, our selection has something for you.

Where to Stay in Ireland

Where To Stay In Athenry
Where To Stay In Castlebar
Where To Stay In Cobh
Where To Stay In Cork City
Where To Stay In Dingle
Where To Stay In Doolin
Where To Stay In Dublin
Where To Stay In Galway
Where To Stay In Howth
Where To Stay In Killarney
Where To Stay In Kinsale
Where To Stay In Lahinch
Where To Stay In Limerick City
Where To Stay In Londonderry
Where To Stay In Portlaoise
Where To Stay In Shannon
Where To Stay In Sligo
Where To Stay In Tuam
Where To Stay In Wexford

Best Castle Hotels in Ireland

Glamping in Ireland

Glamping in Cork
Glamping in Donegal
Glamping in Galway
Glamping in Kerry
Glamping in Wicklow
Glamping in Northern Ireland

Eating in Ireland

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Travelers do not typically visit Ireland because of its excellent cuisine. Just, like traditional British cuisine, Ireland does not have the same reputation for great food as France or Italy.

Traditional Irish cuisine, however, has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, thanks to a renewed interest in fresh, local ingredients.

There is a huge opportunity for locally grown produce as well as some of the best beef, pork, and lamb in the world, thanks to the verdant green hills and pastures.

There’s also some excellent seafood available, and it’s not just fish and chips. There’s also more to Irish cuisine than meat, potatoes, and cabbage.

So, what are the best Irish foods to try and where can you find them? Here are some helpful guides and suggestions for eating in Ireland.

Foods to Try in Ireland

Irish Desserts

Irish Breakfast Food

Traditional Irish Foods

Best Restaurants

Affordable Restaurants In Dublin
● Best Restaurants In Belfast
Best Restaurants In Cork
Best Restaurants In Galway

Drinking in Ireland

Guinness and whiskey are well-known throughout the world, and Ireland has a well-deserved reputation as a place to enjoy a drink or ten. Every town and city has at least one, if not several, pubs, and visiting one or more of them is the best way to learn about the country and its people.

Are you planning on going on pub crawls or taking in the Irish nightlife while you’re in Ireland? Here are some pointers and suggestions to make this a more pleasurable experience.

Drinks To Try in Ireland

Best Irish Beers

Best Irish Drinks To Try

Best Bars and Pubs in Ireland

Best Pubs In Dublin
Temple Bar

Best Pubs In Belfast
Best Pubs In Dingle
Best Pubs In Galway
Best Pubs In Killarney
Best Pubs In Kinsale
Best Pubs In Kilkenny

Drinking Age and Laws in Ireland

Travel Tips

tipping in ireland

As you plan your visit to Ireland, here are more things to consider:

Tipping in Ireland is at the discretion of the customer and is usually around 10% in restaurants and 10% for table service in pubs.

● Traveling in Ireland is generally safe, but be wary of pickpockets and car thefts, particularly in urban areas. The police are known as the Garda, and the number for emergency services is 999.

● As previously stated, always be prepared for a sudden change in weather—even in the summer, a raincoat and sweater will come in handy.

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