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 ...
Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal
Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal
“We had a fantastic experience, but if asking for improvements: I would have like to have the cliffs of moher on the itinerary, also the Isle of Skye hotel was not great and more time needs to be given for the St. Andrews stop (for the golfers) We enjoyed all the optional trips. The food, music and dancing were a highlight. Loved the castles”
“Loved the bars and pubs as well as the music! The history was great! Would have liked to have gone to an Irish Whiskey Distillery but, The castles the cathedrals and the land was vast and beautiful!!! Sheep ranch was wonderful!”
“1800 miles and what didn't I see through Scotland and Ireland. Our Tour leader was brilliant with comprehensive knowledge of the areas we travelled making this trip more than I expected. It was a fantastic experience with top hotels. This coming from a harsh critic says a lot!”
“I really enjoyed everywhere that we went except when we were dropped kind of in the middle of nowhere in Ballina. The Be My Guest dinner at Muckross Farm, the Holy Well near Sligo, and dinner in Stirling were some of the highlights.”
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.