Ireland, fondly called the Emerald Isle, is a destination for those looking to enjoy both nature and culture. The capital city of Dublin features some great breweries and photography and art tours. At night, be sure to visit Temple Bar for some great nightlife! To the West, County Galway (including Roundstone Bay) has inspired artists the world over with its stunning beauty and welcoming people.
ORIENTATION of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway.
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 Burren, mystical Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.
VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Famine Ship in New Ross.
“We throughly enjoyed the walk, which was tougher than expected. Doing it clockwise means the first two days are the toughest, never easy if your legs are not in great shape from not enough exercise. Most days Are quite long but there is opportunity to take a car ride at times to remove some of the more boring bits. Don't be too proud , and use this service which is provided by the owners of the accommodation. The B&B accommodation was really wonderful. The notes provided by the local provider were not as accurate as those that appear on the UTracks website, so follow the UTracks notes. On the first day, for example, the UTrack notes tell you to catch a cab for the first 5 aims . Do it! The bit you miss is not a highlight. This trip also doesn't include a day walk around Black Valley , which we noticed a lot of other groups did do. Consider staying an extra night and adding this on. No extra notes or maps are needed, as it is a day walk from Killarney.”
“We were so happy with our Sherpa Expeditions experience as we traveled the 7-day of the Wicklow Way. Our trip had an exciting start as we boarded the bus from the airport in Dublin, made it to the train station and then quickly jumped on our train. The Sherpa Expeditions Partners in Ireland were able to pick us up right as we got off the train and took
us to our first stop in Tinahely. Being warmly greeted with coffee and scones at Madeline's B&B after a long day was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed all of our B&B's! The hosts were lovely and the food was always the best way to start the day! Our hiking adventure through Ireland was
beautiful as most days were quiet on the trail but led us to magnificent views! Most days also allowed us to meet other hikers who were happy to stop for a moment, ask where we were going and tell us how long to the next stop. My husband used the map provided to guide us on the trail and found it very helpful. We could not be more pleased with our
trip. Our legs are tired but it was all worth seeing the beautiful sites of the Wicklow Way.”
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.