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Ireland Travel Guide: What to Do & Where to Eat in Ireland | Wanderlist Travel

Ireland Travel Guide by Wanderlist Travel 

Regarded as one of the Celtic nations, this country is full of lush green plains with low-lying mountains, and adventure around every corner.

Useful Information

  • The island of Ireland has two divisions: The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (U.K.)

    • Must cross a border between the two countries

  • Language: English and Gaelic

  • Currency: Republic of Ireland: euro; Northern Ireland: pound

  • Transportation: the best way to get around, on your own time, is to rent a car

    • Roads are narrow, so rent the smallest car you can

    • Manual cars are cheaper to rent than automatic cars

    • You will need a valid license and credit card to rent

  • Weather: it can be unpredictable, with temperatures averaging in the 50s and rain often

Top Attractions for Adventure Seekers

County Dublin

  • Howth- a small fishing village, not only home to great shopping, but offers breath-taking views of the bay

    • Hike the cliff walks

    • Go fishing

    • Explore the beaches

  • Malahide Castle

    • In the summer, enjoy yoga on the castle grounds

    • Talbot Botanic Gardens: only 1 out of 4 botanical gardens in Ireland

County Cork

  • Atlantic Sea Kayaking

    • Offers dawn, day, sunset, and moonlight/starlight trips

    • Book in advance to secure spot!

    • Sights- marine life, bio-luminescence, whale-watching, caves

  • Whale Watching

    • Best time to go is from September to November

County Kerry

  • Killarney National Park

    • There are many must-see sights inside the park, like Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle,
      Innisfallen Island, and Muckross Abbey

      • Torc Waterfall- can get busy and congested during summer months, but
        worth visiting

      • Ross Castle- the castle was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th
        century. It is said that you can still catch a glimpse of O’Donoghue and his
        horse rise from the lake.

      • Innisfallen Island- a major source of Irish history. Boat trips to the island
        leave from the Ross Castle area from Ross and Reen piers.

      • Muckross Abbey- founded for the Observatine Franciscans in about 1448

  • Skellig Michael

    • Located 12km off the coast of Co. Kerry

    • Both landing and boat tours available, but most reserve spot with private boat company months in advance for spot. (180 people are allowed on the island each day)

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site

    • Filming location for Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII

  • Ring of Kerry

    • Bike or drive

    • Most popular drives in Ireland

    • Many must-see sights in County Kerry can easily be found along the Ring of Kerry

  • Dingle

    • Inch and Coumeenoole beaches

    • Watch the sunset on Conor Pass

    • Hop on a boat tour to try to spot Fungie, the famous dolphin of Dingle

County Kilkenny

  • Dunmore Cave- guided tour treasure, filled with Viking tales

County Galway

  • Connemara National Park

    • Features 2,957 hectares (7,307 acres) of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands,
      and forests

    • Sunrise or sunset are the perfect times to summit

    • View the wildlife

  • Aran Islands

    • “One of the World’s Top Island Destinations,” according to National Geographic

    • Provides a true Irish experience

    • Connect with the locals

    • Explore the Celtic ruins at Na Seacht dTeampaill

    • Scuba dive at Inis Meain

County Clare

  • Cliffs of Moher

    • Typically, the top of all tourist’s must-see lists

    • Hike the 5 miles (8km) of the Cliffs

County Sligo

  • Known as the “Adventure Capital of Ireland”

  • Go SUP (stand up paddleboard) around Lake Isle

Where to Stay

  • Book in advance, especially during peak times, like summer months

  • Hotels

    • Rated one to five-star scale

  • Airbnb

    • Check availability of housing on the app or website

  • Lodges/B&Bs/Guesthouses

    • Often family-run accommodations

    • Very few rooms available compared to a larger-scale hotel

  • Unique Accommodations

    • Lighthouses, medieval castles, historic houses, and country homes

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