Whoever named Ireland the ‘Emerald Isle’ knew exactly what they were talking about. The island country is spectacularly green, full of stunning natural wonders to feast your eyes on. If getting outdoors isn’t quite your style, the capital city of Dublin has music, drink and friendly banter like nowhere else on earth. From daring cliffs and roaring seas to famous breweries and lively nightlife, Ireland has a little bit of something for everyone.
- Eat, sing, dance and drink your way around Temple Bar (an area on the south bank of Dublin, not just a single bar)
- Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle for a shot at the ‘gift of the gab’
- Learn to pour the perfect pint at Guinness Storehouse, where beer has been brewed since 1759
- Face the strong winds for some incredible views at the Cliffs of Moher
- Cross the Ha’penny Bridge across the River Liffey
- Wonder at the beehive-shaped huts of the Skellig Michael monastery
- Keep in mind that the island of Ireland is made up of two countries: the independent Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. Be prepared to use different currencies if you’re travelling over the border.
- Be sure to pack rain gear, no matter when you travel. Ireland is generally wet, and some mountainous areas see up to 2000 mm of rain each year!
- Consider renting a car to really take in the beautiful coastal views Ireland has to offer - but be wary of its narrow, windy roads.
- Get ready to eat some hearty comfort food. Some must-tries are a lamb Irish stew, colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale), and a full Irish breakfast.
- While Ireland is an English-speaking country, it may be helpful to learn some Irish slang before you go. For example, something that is “good craic” is something entertaining or fun.
- Be prepared for some swearing.
Ireland has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Ireland before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Ireland, do check out our Ireland Travel Guide for more information.