Cliffs of Moher
– The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited site and these natural wonders are an absolute must-see! They run along the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, spanning approximately 14 kilometers. When visiting the cliffs, expect the weather to be wet and windy! Even if the forecast calls for clear skies make sure you bring waterproof clothing and a windbreaker.
The force of the winds is very strong and even on a warm day. Make sure you wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes, DO NOT wear shoes without traction or sandals! Walking along the cliffs is very dangerous and there are many sections where it is easy to slip. Bringing a hat and moisture-wicking scarf is recommended as well to keep your ears and neck warm, as the wind along the Irish coast has a bite to it!
Night out in Dublin – Dublin is a business center and as such there is a need for more classy attire. Nights out in Dublin are when you want to look your best. The city itself is culturally very diverse but you will know the locals when you see them. Local men often wear button-up shirts, slacks, and dress shoes and will pair with a V-neck sweater or blazer. Local women will wear a nice dress or romper paired with heels or nice leather boots. Depending on the season, you can accessorize with hats, gloves and scarves for some added warmth.
Sightseeing – For general sightseeing, both men and women should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. Many towns and landmarks are meant to be explored on foot and a comfortable outfit can make all the difference! Ladies, jeans and a casual tee shirt or long sleeve paired with some comfy ankle boots or shoes is a great combo. Men, relaxed jeans along with a t-shirt, jacket and some sports shoes is a good choice. Bringing a backpack or messenger back to keep extra layers and other items such as a water bottle and snacks is always a good idea.
Churches – Ireland has many beautiful churches and cathedrals to visit, but keep in mind you are visiting a religious site and it is best to dress appropriately. When visiting religious sites in Ireland be on your best behavior and dress a little nicer than you would for normal walking about and sightseeing. For men, wearing a button-down shirt or a nice sweater paired with slacks or jeans is an appropriate option. For women, avoid showing lots of skin and choose a more conservative look from your wardrobe. A dress or skirt that goes past the knees or a nice blouse and jeans is a great option. You don’t have to dress fancy but shorts and tank tops even in the summer months are a no-go!
Castles – Ireland has tons of castles and fortresses that are worth visiting and no matter what part of Ireland you stay in there will most certainly be a castle nearby. When visiting castles make sure you wear comfortable clothing and keep in mind that the inside of the castles could be cold and damp. Wear a warm sweater or jacket and comfortable walking shoes, preferably ones with rubber soles so you don’t sound like a horse on the stone floors! Bring a backpack so you can keep extra layers just in case the temperature changes, and so that you can also shed and store clothing as needed.
Beaches – Keep in mind that the beaches in Ireland are not going to be as warm as some destinations so while you will be wearing your normal swimwear you may want to bring a sweater or cover-up for when you are not in the water. For women, bikinis are fine to wear on Irish beaches but avoid wearing thong bathing suits as they are not as common and are considered inappropriate. Men, bring a pair of boardshorts to wear and skip the speedo.