Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle, is a popular tourist destination for many reasons, including its over-the-top beauty. From historical castles to verdant landscapes, there’s no wonder it’s the backdrop for so many great movies and TV series!
Packing for Ireland’s different climates can be tricky. So I’ve included a section on what to wear in Ireland, the top items to pack, tips about what NOT to bring to Ireland, and common FAQs.
Remember to bring your friendliest smile, your love for exploration, and a strong sense of fun – you’ll surely enjoy the intricacies of Ireland!
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What to Pack for Ireland – 31 Essentials
1. Windproof Travel Umbrella
Don’t worry, even the rain is gorgeous in Ireland, so you’ll still enjoy it as long as you have the proper gear! This windproof umbrella is fantastic and ideal for a place where both wind and rain tend to go together. It’s also fully collapsible and weighs less than a pound, which is a perfect travel size that won’t add much bulk to your daily load. This one comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee, so it’s ultimately the last umbrella you’ll ever need to buy!
A typical flight from the U.S. to Ireland is 6-12 hours (if flying direct) with a 5-8 hour time difference. Any experienced traveler knows how much jet lag can weigh you down when traveling, causing serious fatigue. Don’t let days of feeling sluggish ruin your trip – these pills can bring relief much sooner and, in many cases, prevent jet lag altogether. Simply take them during and after your flight. They’re homeopathic, and they don’t have any nasty side effects.
After having my credit card number stolen while using (what I thought was) a secure WiFi at my Airbnb rental in Paris, I’ve learned that a good VPN is essential for any travel.
Whenever you access the Internet through a WiFi network such as at an airport, cafe, BnB or hotel – you’re opening yourself up to hackers getting access to your confidential information like passwords, credit card numbers, and your identity. With NordVPN, you can protect yourself on all your devices with just a single tap, and their plans are very reasonably priced. It will also give you access to censored websites in Ireland to ensure you can surf the web just as you do back home.
Experienced pickpockets are unfortunately common in places like Dublin and any major tourist attraction. How do you covertly hold all cash, credit cards, and I.D. docs while keeping them easy to access? We use a neck wallet to keep our valuables tucked safely away under our shirt where it’s nearly impossible to steal them — and it doesn’t scream “I’m a tourist” like a fanny pack. This one even has RFID-blocking material, so the bad guys (e-thieves) won’t be able to scan your bag for financial data.
You’ll need your phone with you if you want to stay connected in Ireland, and it’s never a good idea to risk the safety of your device when water, dirt/dust, and scratches are concerned. That’s where this amazing, inexpensive phone case comes in. Even if your bag gets wet, your phone stays dry — all while still allowing you to access the touchscreen and camera!
It rains quite a bit in Ireland and tends to be on the chilly side, even during warmer months. With romantic rains and an ever-constant mist, you’ll want to find ways to stay dry and warm. A moisture-wicking scarf is a fantastic solution – it keeps you dry by simultaneously absorbing water and providing a layer of protection from the cold.
This adapter is worth investing in for any world traveler, and you’ll absolutely need one if you plan to charge any electronics in Ireland since the outlets are not the same as in the US. The most common type of outlet in Ireland is “Type G,” which is the same as in the UK. A quality adapter is key because cheap adapters break easily, tend to be glitchy, and can damage your electronics.
This little gadget is a must-have. It’s the optimal way to charge your devices on-the-go. It’s USB compatible, as small as a tube of lipstick, and holds multiple charges, so you’ll never be without power. Throw it in your daypack and you’ll quickly discover how useful it is for long days of sightseeing or nights out at the pub.
There’s a reason the Emerald Isle stays so lush and green – it rains about 150 days per year! Bring along a quick-dry towel to dry off, cover a dirty seat, dab off sweat, or whatever moisture you run into. This is our go-to option because it’s made of premium microfiber material, and it dries 10x faster than cotton.
Accidents happen everywhere, and plans have to change, so it’s best to have solid insurance on your side that will cover things like theft, flight delays, cancellations, and the cost of an emergency trip back home. We use Faye Travel Insurance because their plans are designed by travelers for travelers. You might be surprised how much peace-of-mind you get by having a quality insurance plan. They even offer coverage for extreme sports, pet care, vacation rentals, and ‘cancel for any reason.’
Luggage locks can really save the day, keeping you and your belongings safe while traveling. Secure your checked bags, carry-ons, and even day bags with a lock to avoid being a victim of theft while on vacation. I’ve had items stolen out of my checked luggage when flying internationally, so I never travel without them now. This set of two TSA-approved locks is super durable and 10x harder to crack than a 3-digit lock.
A daybag is a wanderluster’s best friend since you’ll often be traveling some distance to see sights and attractions, and you’ll want to have the essentials on hand. A tote or shoulder bag might not be ideal, as it could leave your shoulders and back sore or may lack sufficient space. This lightweight travel backpack is handy and small enough to not be obtrusive while still being large enough to hold everything you need.
Whether it’s a backpack, satchel, or anything you want to keep dry – this rain cover is a thoughtful addition to your travel artillery. I wasn’t sure it would fit my 65L bag, but it easily clipped on and kept everything from getting soaked in a downpour! Rain or snow, this rain cover will stretch far enough to fully shield your daypack and then scrunch down to take up virtually no space.
These are life savers. Instead of throwing clothes all over the room to see what you’ve packed, organizers (a.k.a packing cubes) will help maintain the sanity of the entire family. I label each cube (tops, pants, toiletries, etc.) so I never have to go digging for specific items again. You’ll always know where your essentials are, which makes packing and unpacking a breeze! And there are colors for each family member so no one’s belongings will get crisscrossed. They also make it easier to pack daybags for excursions and then seamlessly return things to your suitcase.
Traveler’s diarrhea is a common affliction that happens even to the most experienced travelers. It takes a few days for our stomachs to adjust to the local bacteria we aren’t accustomed to, so whether your indigestion is caused by something you ate, the water, or the stress of travel itself – activated charcoal can be the best way to go. It helps return your system to normal and even absorbs any toxins that may be wreaking havoc on your gut. Don’t settle for less than feeling amazing every day of your trip.
Whether you’re rolling down the verdant hills or trekking through Connemara National Park – bring along some hand and foot warmers! Ireland can drop down to temperatures of 40°F/5°C, and even summers can have a crisp chill, so getting acclimated to the cold will be key to enjoying your time. These little gems can be added to your gloves, socks, or jacket pockets to give you a burst of heat when you need it most. They are easily activated by shaking them (and stay warm for up to 10-hours!)
Preparedness will be pertinent to your comfort in this lush haven and will also prevent any sniffles or colds. This one is waterproof and warm for wilderness hikes but also has an urban-chic flair for days of city sightseeing or pub hopping. Windbreakers aren’t usually this gorgeous, but this one flatters your shape with a cinchable waist and detachable hood. Bonus points because it’s light and easily packed away when you don’t need it.
The Irish hillsides are damp, and you won’t want to sit directly on the grass. This pocket blanket is the solution to hillside picnics or finding a park in the city without having to sacrifice your clothes. It’s lightweight yet big enough to fit 3-4 people. If the ground is wet or muddy, it won’t seep through because of the durable waterproof material. And for travel, everything is better in pocket size!
Pictures are a must in Ireland – almost everything you see will be photo-op-worthy. Unfortunately, rain and excessive moisture don’t tend to agree with regular cameras. A waterproof one is best and can really save you a lot of hassle. This option is very affordable and takes great pictures. If you want to, you could go all-in for a GoPro or a DSLR camera, but if you’re looking to stick to a budget, this camera will do the job admirably.
Ireland boasts some incredible views, cliffsides, rolling hills, and natural parks, so you’ll definitely be doing some hiking. How comfortable you are on those hikes depends largely on the quality of your shoes. You’ll want water-resistant or waterproof hiking shoes that are snug and that you’ve had a chance to break in. These Merrells are extremely popular and get comfy quickly, plus they will keep your feet dry on even the soggiest days.
Even if you’re young, healthy, and fit – compression flight socks are necessary for long journeys overseas. The flight to Ireland can be over 10 hours, and the combination of elevation, a compressed cabin, and lack of movement can increase the risk of blood clots. Avoid the risk of feeling swollen like a marshmallow person! I use this pair which is very cozy and will increase circulation in your legs and feet, greatly reducing the potential for swelling or pain.
Travelers often underestimate how much shopping they’ll do along the way, plus the gifts they’ll want to share with friends and family. Bring this packable “just in case” bag for those inevitable purchases. This one is a real find since it fits perfectly under the plane seat and counts as your personal item.
Fill it with Irish trinkets like Claddagh rings, Waterford crystal, Irish linen, Aran sweaters, Connemara marble, smoked salmon, cream liquor, Guinness memorabilia, Blarney stone rock, and other lucky charms!
Ireland can be very cold and wet – this is a brutal combination that can chill you to the bone! But the secret to staying warm will be dressing in layers and not relying on any one piece. Whether it’s a flowy sundress or heavier pieces like a rainjacket, having a thermal-wear set on under your clothes can make all the difference. This is a set with a shirt and leggings that can be worn separately. I sometimes layer leggings under my jeans if they’re thin.
These water bottles make having clean, tasty water on-hand much easier. Water in Ireland can be a little iffy in some spots, and it’s likely not going to taste like the water back home without some extra filtration. If you carry a filtered bottle, you’ll always have access to clean-tasting and free water without endless wasteful single-use water bottles. We prefer Brita because it noticeably improves the taste of the water and reduces the smell of any chlorine.
Between the pub crawls, Bailey’s tastings, and Guinness Factory tours, you’ll thank your future self for bringing hangover supplements. These preventative pills can be taken before or after drinking to lessen the likelihood of a hangover. It uses liver-cleansing herbs like prickly pear and milk thistle to naturally detox the alcohol out of your system. Skip the headache, fatigue, and that morning air of regret – these work!
European bathrooms are generally teeny tiny and won’t offer tons of storage space. Maintain your sanity with this hanging toiletry bag that works as a built-in shelf, vertically optimizing your life while on vacation. It can hang on any door, hook, or pole to keep your items organized and folds back up compactly. We’ve never had any luggage leaks since using this!
Don’t risk having to throw away all of your favorite products because they exceed the 3-ounce limit. Not only is that a waste of money, but large bottles can lead to spills. Irish stores may not carry your preferred brands, so use these travel bottles to bring your skincare and haircare products wherever you roam. They’re easy to fill and prevent leaks with a 3-layer lid – seriously, they are the best travel bottles I’ve ever used!
Days of sightseeing and touring castles won’t require a fancy wardrobe, but you’ll want at least one nice dress for nights out on the town. This fit is somehow sexy and modest at the same time. With an elegant silhouette, it highlights your legs but downplays your middle section (which is why it looks great on many body types). It can be styled in many ways – off-the-shoulder, two-sleeved, shorter, longer, midi dress, tunic shirt, etc.
A shawl is one of the most versatile items you can ever pack. It can be used as a towel, a jacket, a packing cushion, a changing curtain, and more. If you’re entering a church or historical site, you may be required to have covered shoulders out of respect, so you can carry it with you as a modesty wrap. This one is so soft, vibrant, and beautiful. Not to mention, reversible!
Most of your time in Ireland will be spent strolling through old-world towns, natural roads, glens, cliffsides, coastal planes, and river-filled mountains. While these landscapes are breathtaking, there’s nothing fun about having freezing, wet toes! This is why we recommend bringing at least one pair of rainboots with you. Wellies are ideal since they’re native to the U.K., keep your feet dry in damp areas, and also have traction for muddy areas. You can hook them to your backpack when not in use, and there are tons of patterns to choose from.
Durable, seasonally appropriate clothes are key. Having garments that can withstand lots of outdoor activities is important, and good rain gear is just as crucial.
Choose quick-dry pants when possible, or plan to have access to a laundry dryer in the event that your pants get too wet.
Waterproof hiking shoes are the best choice, but make sure they’re already broken-in by the time you travel with them to avoid blisters.
What should WOMEN wear in Ireland? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience)
Ireland may have plenty of moisture and chill, but the weather is seldom extreme. Under their coats (if the season calls for one), you’ll see local women wearing sweaters and cardigans with comfortable pants and boots. Rain boots are fine as long as they’re not too flashy, but the preferred shoe is a hardy but nice-looking walking boot for day-to-day. Scarves can be both useful and a fashion accessory, so I recommend bringing a few, and at least one that is moisture-wicking (all of the ones I bring are – they’re both attractive and helpful in keeping me dry!). Jeans are perfectly fine, just avoid heavily distressed ones. I also recommend bringing a knockout outfit that is also comfortable – you may find that you need it for a night on the town. Pair it with some cute but practical shoes and you’re ready to go.
What should MEN wear in Ireland? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience)
Men in Ireland tend to dress a little more put-together – casual isn’t the typical look. Dark jeans or slacks, nice shoes, and cool cardigans or button-down shirts are the norm. For more casual days, a fitted tee shirt is certainly fine. I also recommend bringing quality mid- to light-weight gloves, a dependable and light-weight daypack, and some sunglasses to protect your eyes.
The things to pack for Ireland depend on the time of year you visit:
Spring in Ireland
Summer in Ireland
Fall / Autumn in Ireland
Winter in Ireland
Rain gear Coats and jackets
Warm pullover or jacket
Warm hats, gloves, and scarves
Warm socks and footwear
Light hats and gloves
Packing for the Seasons in Ireland
Ireland doesn’t experience much extreme weather, but it does experience frequent changes. Plan for anything, and enjoy the splendor of the isle!
SPRING: February, March, and April
This time of year is cooler than the average US spring, but April is quite enjoyable. February is by far the coldest month in Ireland, but it’s still considered spring.
You can still expect some moisture during this time of year, so be sure to bring quick-dry layers and good rain gear. Temperatures average between 45°F and 55°F (7°C to 13°C).
SUMMER: May, June, and July
This is, as you would expect, the warmest time of year in Ireland, but it can still feel chilly to those traveling from warmer places.
Be sure to bring adequate clothing to suit your need for warmth, and to pack layers that can be easily added and removed as the days warm up and cool down. Temperatures average between 60°F and 70°F (15°C to 21°C).
FALL: August, September, and October
Fall in Ireland is similar to that in many of the contiguous United States – brisk, but comfortable as long as you have the right outer layers. Fleece jackets are good in this case.
It starts to be a good idea to have a hat and gloves in this season, as winds can really nip at you. Bring your camera, too: seasonal foliage change in Ireland is gorgeous! Temperatures average between 55°F and 65°F (13°C to 18°C).
WINTER: November, December, January, and February
February is technically a spring month in Ireland, but it’s the coldest of the year, so pack accordingly. Snowfall is fairly uncommon, but cold should be expected and temperatures hover right around freezing (32°F, 0°C) much of the time.
Heavier coats, hats, gloves, and scarves are a good idea. Temperatures average around 45°F (7°C), but can dip much lower in inclement weather and at higher elevations.
How to dress in Ireland for any activity – (Click to expand)
Cliffs of Moher – The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited site. 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 dress or romper paired with heels or 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 a big difference! Ladies, jeans and a casual tee shirt or long sleeve paired with some comfy ankle boots or shoes are a great combo. For 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 board shorts to wear and skip the speedo.
What should I NOT take on my trip to Ireland?
1.DON’T BRING items with sentimental value
It’s a good rule of thumb to never pack anything that you would greatly regret losing or that can’t be replaced. Items that hold a significant emotional value are nice to have, but imagine how you’d feel if that item you treasure most was lost or stolen. That potential loss is not a risk worth taking.
2.DON’T TAKE fanny packs
In this case, it is best to just say no. Ireland might not be the style capitol of the world but do you really want to stand out as the most unfashionable tourist that ever roamed the earth? I thought not. Additionally, fanny packs are fairly easy for pickpockets to gain access to – best to just avoid them altogether.
3.DON’T TAKE camouflage clothing
Believe it or not, it’s best to leave the “camo” at home. Wearing it could cause you to be mistaken for a member of the military and if it resembles Irish DPM then it’s actually illegal to wear if not on duty. Besides, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb and look like a tourist.
4.DON’T PACK fancy clothes
You can get by with business casual in most places that you’ll be going, and most are more casual than that. Pub wear is normally jeans, a shirt, and a jacket. However, the main attraction in Ireland is the scenery so there’s really no need to bring along formal clothes.
5.DON’T PACK heavy items
This could mean books, extra shoes, too many belongings in general, or even just a very heavy suitcase. In today’s world of high-charge baggage fees, it’s best to avoid checking bags whenever possible. Even if you can’t avoid checking a bag, you’ll be thankful that you don’t have to lug around an extremely heavy bag when you’re en-route.
6.DON’T BRING anything expensive
It’s really easy to misplace expensive items or have them stolen while traveling to wherever you’re staying. Violent crime might not be as prevalent in Ireland as it is in some other countries, but there are still plenty of people that would be happy to walk off with that new computer you brought on your trip.
What NOT to wear in Ireland – (Click to expand)
The most important clothing NOT to wear in Ireland is athletic clothing or sweatpants. Ladies, this means yoga pants! While casual athletic clothing is perfectly acceptable in the United States and other countries it is not considered classy in Ireland. Not unless you are working out or going to a sporting event. In fact, if you wear sweats, you will find yourself being turned away from restaurants and certain establishments. This is because sweats and tracksuits are not appropriate attire for going out to eat in a restaurant or grabbing a drink at the local pub. This is especially important in Dublin, which is more of a business center. Button-down shirts and slacks or jeans are more appropriate.
You don’t have to overthink it and dress fancy, but don’t dress like you just got out of bed or ran a marathon. Tracksuits and sweats are also associated with “hooliganism”, which is disruptive behavior such as bullying and vandalism that is associated with crowds at sporting events. Other items not to wear in Ireland are revealing clothes such as short shorts or mini-skirts. Ireland is a bit more conservative when it comes to fashion and while you may see exceptions the general population, both men and women tend to avoid showing a lot of skin.
Ireland Travel Tips and FAQs
1. Where are the main airports in Ireland located?
The main airports that North American travelers will probably pass through are near Shannon (SNN) and Dublin (DUB).
Dublin’s airport is located a short way out of the city but it is well-equipped with everything travelers could possibly need. It can be found on the upper eastern side of the island.
Meanwhile, Shannon Airport is much smaller and there aren’t many facilities available at the airport itself. However, it can be cheaper to fly into Shannon instead of Dublin if you’re visiting from the States.
The trouble with using this airport is that the nearest small town is a good thirty minutes away and there’s not much there. A couple of larger towns can be found if you’re willing to stay on the road for another half-hour. This airport nonetheless provides easy access to a lot of popular destinations as it is located on the midwestern coast of the island.
Other Irish airports can be found near Belfast (BFS), Cork (ORK), Waterford (WAT), and Kerry (KIR).
2. What do you need to enter Ireland?
To enter Ireland, you will need a valid passport, this will also serve as your form of photo ID. Some travelers may be required to have a visa, but not all, so you’ll want to check with your country’s embassy or consulate.
3. What is flying on Ryanair really like?
We’ve all heard horror stories but there’s got to be a reason they remain in business, right? For short flights to other places in Europe, using Ryanair is actually not too bad, as long as you follow the baggage restrictions to the letter and remember to print out your ticket before showing up at the airport. The company has good safety ratings but the aesthetics of the cabins are somewhat lacking and the seats aren’t the most comfortable. It can still be fun to walk out on the tarmac to board the airplane like you’re in an old movie rather than go through the jetway that’s used by most major airlines.
These flights don’t have anything in the way of onboard entertainment so you’ll need to bring your own, but they do make up for it by offering very reasonable prices to elsewhere in Europe. On longer flights, you might want to bring along something to eat and upgrade yourself to a reserved seat so you don’t find yourself stuck in the middle of the row for long periods of time. However, I’d probably opt for another carrier if the flight I was looking at was in the air longer than a couple of hours unless the price could more than make up for it.
4. What is the best way to get around Ireland?
Private cars are widely considered to be the best way to get around the country. However, this is only an option if you don’t mind being on the opposite side of the road and you are a good driver. There are trains available to some areas but they’re limited in scope and cost more than the buses, which go everywhere. In fact, the bus is the primary mode of transportation and it’s very reasonably priced. Just be sure that you don’t get on the Airport Express bus if you’re really trying to get from Galway to Dublin city. It doesn’t stop in town first, a factor that can be particularly frustrating during rush-hour traffic.
While you can also get budget flights between the regional airports, they often connect somewhere else first. As a result, they aren’t usually the most efficient or cost-effective options for getting around Ireland.
5. What is the best time to go to Ireland?
The shoulder season months of April, May, September, and October offer the best compromise in terms of good weather, affordable prices, and uncrowded sites. At such times, the Irish weather may be slightly more rainy or cold than travelers would like but the upside is lower prices and fewer people at popular attractions.
6. What is peak tourist season in Ireland?
The warmest, sunniest weather occurs during the summer months, but the crowds are also at their thickest and prices are at their highest during this time. On the other hand, winter is probably the worst time to visit Ireland since the weather is at its coldest and most attractions are operating under reduced hours at such times. The upside to winter travel is that prices are at their lowest and most of the cities are still fully functional. It’s a beautiful time to visit if you’re able to brave the cold and are willing to forgo the more touristy attractions!
7. Is Ireland a safe place to visit?
Ireland is a comparatively safe place to visit. And while no country, county, or city is crime-free, those visiting Ireland, as a whole, enjoy a lower crime rate.
8. Is Dublin, Ireland safe?
As with any major city, crime does occur, and it is important that all visitors remain aware of their surroundings. However, Dublin is still considered to be a safe city. The majority of reported crime is non-violent.
9. What are some of the best sights to see in Ireland?
Even if museums aren’t your forte, the Titanic Museum in Belfast recently received an award for being one of the world’s best museums and it’s certainly worth a visit. However, the natural and historical sites in Ireland tend to have more universal appeal.
The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher are very interesting places to visit. The Giant’s Causeway is likewise intriguing but it’s certainly not as large or extensive as photographs would lead you to believe. Of course, there are castles everywhere in the country, some of them famous and decently preserved, and others simply ruins.
If you want to get away from the mainland, islands like Inis Mór near Galway and Skellig Michael are great options. Other popular sites to see in Ireland include the Dark Hedges, Newgrange Tomb near Dublin, The Dingle Peninsula, and Blarney Castle.
Explore all local excursion options through our favorite booking service, Get Your Guide.
10. What’s the best way to see out-of-the-way places if I don’t want to bother with a car?
Although they cost a bit extra and don’t offer as much freedom in terms of sightseeing, group day tours are the best way to get a taste of everything in a short period of time. The downside here is that if you’re traveling with a large group, it can sometimes spoil the ambiance of a place and mess up your chances at taking people-free photos. On the positive side, traveling with a group keeps you moving if you’re prone to lingering in spots. The guides can also be great at pointing out interesting features, suggesting places to eat, and helping you see the most attractions possible in a limited amount of time.
11. What language does Ireland speak?
In Ireland, Irish Gaelic is the first official language. English is also recognized as an official language.
12. What do Irish people eat?
Hearty Irish stews and soups are very popular, as is Champ and Colcannon. Irish cuisine tends to feature ingredients like onions, potatoes, carrots, lamb, Canadian bacon, cabbage, and kale.
13. What food is Ireland famous for?
Irish stew – this hearty stew is typically made with earthy veggies and lamb.
Bacon and cabbage – steamy and delicious, this cabbage and meat mixture consists of boiling bacon (a different cut from American-style bacon) and cabbage.
Boxty – Irish potato pancakes, loaded with flavor and pan-cooked or fried.
Brown bread – this bread is fairly dense and extremely tasty. Made with molasses which gives the bread its distinct brown color.
Carvery – many pub or brewery-style restaurants in Ireland serve meat that’s carved-to-order. This keeps the meat fresh and juicy!
Colcannon – these doctored-up Irish mashed potatoes generally contain sautéed kale and leeks, plus onions and plenty of butter.
The full Irish – an old Irish saying insists that breakfast should be the heartiest and biggest meal of the day. This breakfast is no exception: meat (bacon, sausage, black and white puddings), veggies, eggs, potatoes, bread, tea, and sometimes juice. Arrive hungry!
Note that corned beef and cabbage is not on the list…
14. Is it rude to tip in Ireland?
You can leave a bit of change on the table if you received good service at a pub or restaurant – it will certainly be appreciated.
However, the Irish policy on tipping is different than in the States; waiters in Europe aren’t dependent on tips to round out their salaries, so it’s perfectly fine not to leave a tip.
15. About how much money will I need to enjoy a day in Ireland?
While prices tend to fluctuate along with the current exchange rates, a basic daily budget of $75 per day should be enough to cover most expenses. This amount allows for three meals a day, admission to some attractions, a dorm bed at night, and the occasional bus ride between major towns. Travelers who want to stay in private rooms will obviously need to allot more money per night. Keep in mind that accommodation costs as a whole are naturally higher in cities like Dublin, and lower in small towns and villages.
16. What are some ways to save money while traveling through Ireland?
Here are some ideas:
Split a private room with a friend or two if staying in a hostel dorm doesn’t appeal to you.
Make your own meals. If you don’t have the time, you can still save a little bit by opting for takeout food. After all, most places in Europe charge an extra fee for sitting down and eating in the restaurant.
If the place where you’re staying provides you with a free breakfast, take advantage of it. Some of the Irish hostels have very good breakfasts. If you luck out yours might even have freshly baked goods and homemade jellies on their menus. Toast with toppings, cereal, and basic beverages are available pretty much everywhere.
Take the bus instead of the train in places where this is an option.
Drink water instead of soda, beer, or wine when eating out.