Green landscapes, rolling hills, romantic castles, waves crashing against rocky cliffs, energetic dancing, pubs packed with people – these are all things that come to mind when you think of Ireland. It’s truly a magical country, from folklore to fiddle music to ancient stone castles sitting on a hilltop. No matter how much or little time you have, you’ll be able to get a taste of the Gaelic experience. Wander down quaint cobblestone streets in Galway, and peruse the shops that line either side. Enjoy scenic drives through the countryside, and view the Celtic crosses, beehive huts, and sheep grazing in the fields. Visit St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin, and admire its Gothic architecture, massive spire, beautiful stained-glass windows, and ornate paintings adorning the walls. This enchanting country has something to delight every traveler!
- Cliffs of Moher
The majestic Cliffs of Moher are a natural wonder that should be on everyone’s bucket list during your trip to the Emerald Isle. Located in the Burren Region, they’re part of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Cliff Coast, standing 702 feet tall and stretching 8 miles long. Feel the power of waves crashing onto the cliffs, their mist rising and sprinkling you with water as you look to the sea beneath you. Admire the panoramic views from O’Brien’s Tower, the highest point of the cliffs. Traverse stone paths on the Coastal Trail, which spans the entire length of the cliffs. If you don’t feel like climbing the cliffs or fighting the wind, head to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, where you can experience the beauty and sounds from inside.
- Titanic Belfast
You know the movie, but do you know the real story behind The Titanic? Titanic Belfast opened in Northern Ireland in 2012, at the very spot the RMS Titanic was built. Both the exterior and interior of the building resemble a ship, so visitors feel as though they traveled back in time to the RMS Titanic. Here, you can see the life-size replicas of cabins on the ship, complete with furnishings. Take an interactive ride (literally) and watch clips of the shipbuilding process. Listen to daunting audio from real passengers aboard The Titanic the night the fated ship sank.
- Blarney Castle
Undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most iconic sites, Blarney Castle is the place where folklore meets history. Experience the myth and lore of Blarney as you roam through the gardens and walk along the streams. Ascend to the top of Battlements View, and be mesmerized by how far into the distance you can see from this vantage point. See the Dungeon, believed to have once been the Castle prison. After you venture down the narrow halls, begin your climb up the spiral staircase to the roof of the Castle, where you will find the famous Blarney Stone. Lean backwards and kiss the stone, and receive the gift of eloquence. Finish your visit with a stop at Blarney Woolen Mills, where you can find artisan goods made from Aran and Merino wool and Belleek pottery.
Comprised of villages, islets, and rugged coastline, the waterfront city of Galway is breathtaking raw, natural beauty at its finest. Walk along the waterfront and be greeted by a crisp, sea breeze. Meander down cobblestone streets flanked with shops on either side. Venture from the city center to Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, County Galway. On its pristine grounds you will find a Castle, a Gothic-style church, and a tiny mausoleum in memory of its first residents. With tours and festivals year-round, there is always something to do in this stunning city!
Dublin Castle. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. O’Connell Bridge. Ireland’s riverfront capital exudes quintessential Irish charm that attracts travelers from around the world. It’s easy to get from one place to another, so you’ll never have to worry about finding your way to the nearest site. Whether you choose to take the scenic route walking through the city’s squares and parks, or ride the hop-on-hop-off bus, adventure awaits you around every corner. Discover Ireland from the inside out through inspiring stories of Irish emigrants at the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum. Experience the Irish pub scene at Temple Bar, or head to the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and sample of its famous stout.
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|Entry requirements||Please see our Entry Requirements page.|
There are no health precautions or requirements to enter Ireland. Food and tap water are safe to consume.
Overall, Ireland has a mild but mercurial oceanic climate with few extremes. In Ireland, you may indeed experience 'four seasons in one day', so pack accordingly and keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast. No matter the weather, expect it to be a topic of conversation amongst the locals. You may notice slight differences in temperature between the north and south of the country, and more rain in the west compared with the east.
|What to wear||
Regardless of when you visit Ireland, even in the middle of the summer, you will more than likely experience rain, so if you intend being outdoors, a waterproof coat is recommended. However, since weather can be unpredictable and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we suggest that you carry a small folding umbrella and take with you a light jacket or sweater. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs. Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Finally, remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel.
|Money & Credit Cards||
The local currency in Ireland is the Euro, and in Northern Ireland it is the pound sterling. Credit cards are the most convenient way to pay for items you purchase as you travel. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection. Your hotel will be able to exchange your cash for local currency. You may also use the ATM machines to get cash in local currency. Traveler’s checks are no longer widely accepted. If you intend to use traveler’s checks, please verify that they are accepted in the countries visited on this tour.
Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
Some of the most popular items sold in Ireland are Waterford Crystal, Irish Whiskey, Butler's Candies, traditional Irish music, Celtic crafts & artwork.
|Electricity & Power Adapters||
230 volts. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
Learn more about electrical standards around the world.
|Cell Phones & Internet|
Cameras and video recorders are permitted. Memory cards for digital cameras will be available in major cities. Bring an extra battery for your camera, as not every type of camera battery is always available as you travel.
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