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14 Must Know Tips for Visiting Ireland

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The stunning countryside and rich history of this gorgeous Emerald Isle has helped Ireland become a “must go” place for most first time travelers.  That being said the fall is a great time to visit Ireland as the crowds are starting to thin out and the weather is a bit cooler.  If you are planning a trip this fall to Ireland, congrats you are going to have a great time!  From the literary and pub scene in Dublin to the music and foodie scene in Galway there is something for everyone! If you are looking for some down to earth, no punches pulled tips for your trip, then you have come to the right place.

  1. Don’t underestimate the road distances in Ireland!  While Google Maps might say its only 40 km up the road, that road is going to be a narrow, twisting back road that is going to take a lot longer to travel than the estimated time.  Give yourself plenty of time to get to each location.  You will need it.
  2. On that same note, if you are planning on driving in Ireland, please drive on the left side of the road.  Thank you.
  3. While the Cliffs of Moher are awesome and iconic, there are other cliffs that aren’t as well know and equally as stunning (if not a little more) like the Sliabh Liag Cliffs which are Ireland’s highest sea cliffs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. The adapter you will need if the one for the U.K., not the EU.  Or you can just bring a universal adapter like this one.
  5. The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro and Northern Ireland uses the British Pound.  If you are planning on visiting both, (and why wouldn’t you?) you will need both forms of currency.  Never fear if you forget that, because ATMs are widely available and easily accessible except on the Aran Islands.
  6. When you are in the pub, buy drinks in rounds.  Yes it’s a little strange the first time, however you will be seen as rude if you order a drink just for yourself so enjoy making new friends and buy a round.  It will be reciprocated!
  7. Dublin is an awesome city, however there is MUCH more to Ireland than just this city.  Plan to spend at least a few days in Dublin, then go explore the rest of Ireland and see the other cities and towns. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  8. For a more peaceful and quiet day trip, head to the Aran Islands.  These beautiful islands are located to the west and you can get there via the Doolin ferry
  9. Free camping is not allowed.  This really bummed me out because you guys know how much I love finding free camping, however be forewarned if you do here, you might have the police showing up.
  10. Dress in layers…even in the summer.  Anytime of year, layers are a good idea, just grab a day bag that you can shove the layers into as it gets warmer in the afternoon.
  11. Ireland is not exactly a budget destination.  It’s not the most expensive, by any means, but expect to spend around 60€ – 150€ a day for two people not including accommodations.
  12. To help offset the costs, check the hostels.  There are really nice hostels located in Dublin and Galway that relatively inexpensive.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. The Doolin Cave is awesome!  However there are a LOT of stairs and no elevator.  This is not for the faint of heart, however I highly recommend this if you are in good enough health for the stairs.  If you are not, skip this.
  14. Don’t forget your hiking shoes if you are an outdoor enthusiast.  Ireland is full of beautiful trails, so bring the shoes and be prepared for the view of a lifetime, especially if you are hiking near the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

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