Ireland is a small country located in the northwestern side of Europe. Its interesting history and beautiful people makes it one of the top destinations for travelers. Its small size makes it even easier for tourists to enjoy pretty much everything — from castles, old pubs, quaint restaurants, museums, and even beaches. There are so many things to discover in this majestic country.
Popular Destinations in Ireland
Dublin – There are a lot of things to discover in the capital and the largest city or Ireland. The beautiful architectures, shopping venues, and pubs (they say Guinness tastes much better here), Dublin is actually one of the most visited capitals in all of Europe.
Galway – Everything seems so lively in Galway. Festivities are held almost monthly and you can definitely feel the positive vibe. Walking along one of Galway’s cobblestone streets and letting yourself be surprised by discovering interesting shops or cafe is a must. The scenery is beautiful here too!
Cork – Ireland’s second largest city is located on the banks of River Lee. The waterway is incredible as it’s surrounded by pubs, cafe, and shops.
Killarney – The lakeside setting and the beautiful mountain view makes this city with a medieval charm the leading destination for tourists in Ireland. It’s relaxing and full of interesting things and places to discover.
When to Visit
Ireland is a lively city but it can be a bit chilly throughout the year with showers happening quite frequently. High season is April until September and also during March, for St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.
How to Reach the Destination
There are four international airports in Ireland. One in Dublin, Shannon, Cork, and Knock. Most tourists, however, would land in Dublin. Getting to Ireland by plane is the easiest mode of transportation even if travelers are coming from neighboring European countries. Another alternative option is riding the ferry over from Wales or England.
Getting Around Ireland
Public transportation in Ireland is amazing. There’s free wifi most of the time which is essential for tourists. Bus trips around a city costs about €2 for a single journey. Top tourists destinations in most cities are just walking distance away. Traveling to Dublin to other cities and to Northern Ireland, in Belfast is also easy via train. It’s a small country so travel time from city to city is usually 2-3 hours making it also ideal to road-trip all over the country!
Do visit the castles. There are a lot of fascinating sights in Ireland but you must visit the castles. Each has its own history and their personal stories are insightful and full of history.
Do get away from usual trails. When traveling to Ireland, take the opportunity to throw down the map and discover something new. Go your own way. Look for pubs, museums, and even parks that are not part of your itinerary.
Do Party during St. Patrick’s Day. The best holiday in all of Ireland is St. Patrick’s Day which is being celebrated every March 17. Why? There are a lot of fun festivals everywhere you look with great food and drinks. According to legend, St. Patrick drove snakes out of Ireland.
Do try local Irish cuisine. Including soda bread, Irish stew, dark beer, bangers and mash or blood pudding.
Don’t be afraid to mingle. Locals are generally friendly. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or suggestions and they’d be really happy to help.
Don’t get too drunk in pubs. Pubs in Ireland are not just a place for drinking. Most locals go here for meetings or for casual get together and in small pubs, regular customers know each other personally. It’s important not to get to complacent when drinking because you might disturb others who simply just want to relax after a tiring day.
Price Range for Hotels
Price range for hotels in Ireland varies. For travelers on a budget, prices of dorm rooms range from €9 to about €35 a night. A typical budget hotel starts at €40 while a stay at a decent, 4-5 star hotel can cost about €95 up to about €300 a night, especially at city centers.
Cost of Meal
Meals in most tourist areas are generally more expensive. A decent budget lunch in a cafe or pub costs about €6 to €15. For dinner however with beer or wine, a meal for one person usually costs about €20 up. A fast food meal is about €7 to €9.
Top Places to Visit
Get lost in Dublin
Ireland’s capital city Dublin has fast become one of the most visited short break city destinations in Europe. It seems these days that anyone and everyone has been there, done it and seen it all in Dublin. Besides being home to Guinness, Trinity College, The Temple Bar and Grafton Street there is far more to Dublin that initially meets the eye.
Explore the Ring of Kerry
Kiss the Blarney Stone
Trek through the Connemara National Park
Hit the pubs of Cork
The pubs of Cork are amazing. Go hang with locals and try to go to a pub with a jam session to hear them playing traditional Irish music. A place we enjoyed that had good beer and live lusic was was Sin é.
Overlook the gigantic Cliffs of Moher
This is one of those places in the world where the pictures truly don’t do it justice. These cliffs are massive and extremely vertical from years of the erosion. On a clear day the view is epic and the line of sight goes quite a way.