Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland a green fairy tale

The beauty of Ireland is almost poetic. And not only because it’s homeland to so many first-class poets and writers. Just a quick look around will explain why they have been inspired by it.

The most obvious are, of course, Ireland’s wonderful scenery. Soft rolling hills in all shades of greens. The untamed rawness of the ocean eating into the coast. Steep, majestic cliffs, hidden bays, and miles of beaches. Countless sheep. Historic buildings and castles everywhere. Wherever you look you find something to admire!

Then here’s the country’s incredibly rich history, filled with myths, legends, culture, art, and folk art that have all helped shape it through the long centuries. These traditions reflect everywhere and give it such a magical appeal.

Combine this with unmistakable Irish hospitality, and you get a country that sounds too good to be true.

What possibly could be more exciting than walking around the secluded paths with astonishing views? Or enjoying a pint of beer at one of the many pubs? Sipping on whiskey? All while witty and jolly locals keep your spirit up with their good humor? This is Ireland.

So next time you need some inspiration head over to this emerald green island and enjoy all it has to offer. This short and informative travel guide will reveal you some of its gems and tell you which are the best things to see and do in the beautiful Ireland.

City Guides

Aerial view of old part of Cork, Ireland

Cork

Four courts building, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin

Beautiful landscape of Galway, Ireland. River and houses with clear blue sky

Galway

What to see and do in Ireland

Dublin

The capital of Ireland is a fun city of many contrasts. Although small it’s nowhere near sleepy and you will find plenty of things to keep you busy. It’s also a perfect party location.

The Cliffs of Moher

..are stunning and impressive cliffs stretching along the wild Atlantic coast. The area tends to get lost in fog so make sure you visit on a sunny day. It’d be a shame if you couldn’t enjoy the spectacular vistas. The rugged cliffs are also a great spot for birdwatching.

Try the castle life

Ireland is a land of castles that have grown through the centuries. Some have survived better than others but what they all have in common is a great sense of history upon them. Some of the best castles are Bunratty Castle, Ashford Castle, Cahir Castle, Blarney Castle,…

Let Killarney take you back in time

this is yet another postcard perfection of Ireland. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the medieval heritage.The main attractions are Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, and Muckross House and Traditional Farms… Beautiful nature is just an extra bonus.

The Ring of Kerry

..is a popular tourist destination also known as the Iveragh Peninsula. Its beauty is surreal! The landscape isn’t camera shy at all, and you’ll be able to take some amazing photos.

Waves of Mullaghmore

While most people imagine a California like scenes when the word about surfing comes up, the truth is that some of the best, biggest and majestic waves can be found right here, in Ireland. Mullaghmore is located a few miles south of Bundoran and seeing the unleashed power of the waves will surely amaze you.

Travel costs

Accommodation

Dorm rooms cost between US$ 11-22 on an average. Private rooms are a tad more expensive, with prices starting between US$ 38-65. Many hostels include free WiFi, free linen, and some even free breakfast in their offer. You can find budget-friendly hotels that charge around US$ 54 per night with breakfast. Rural areas are cheaper than cities, so don’t be surprised to pay more in Dublin, Cork or other bigger cities. Join Airbnb and pay as little as US$ 18 for shared rooms or US$ 54 for an entire apartment. If you want to meet the locals and save lots of money, CouchSurfing is the best option.

Food and drinks

Snacks and meals at the fast-food restaurants will cost you around US$ 5 and eat at pubs between US$ 10-15. Many restaurants offer so-called “early bird” deals when you get meals at a special price if you come early enough. Best food with best prices is to be found at pubs – a good, proper, tasty local meal at good prices. A pint of the domestic beer costs around US$ 5-6. Alcohol is quite pricey so try happy hours in order to save some bucks. Tap water is drinkable so you can skip buying bottled water. Cappuccinos cost around US$ 3 and smaller soft drinks around US$ 2.

Transportation

Traveling around Ireland is a breeze with the public transportation that runs like a well-oiled machine. Both buses and trains are on time, provide free WiFi, and accompanied with friendly and reliable drivers. Short bus trips shouldn’t cost you more than US$ 2, while longer ones cost around US$ 18. Taking a train ride is a great way to travel as you get to see much of the country’s beautiful countryside; prices depend on the desired destination and length. A trip from Dublin to Cork costs around US$ 48-70, and to Galway around US$ 37-60. You can also rent a car, but keep in mind that they drive on the other side of the road there. Bus and train rides take about the same amount of time, but buses might be a bit cheaper. Taxis are quite expensive.

Sights

The average price of the museum entry fee is around US$ 10-15. You can save some bucks if you book online in advance. The average price for day trips and other guided tours begins at US$ 39. Students get discounts, so don’t forget to bring your valid student IDs with you.

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