Helpful Tips for A Brilliant First Trip to Ireland

Ireland, a land of ancient legends, epic fables, and centuries-old traditions, is a destination that will truly transport you back in time. You can discover the Celtic culture and medieval architecture within the stunning countryside of this unforgettable country.

So, you’ve put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. You’ve decided it’s finally time to take that trip to Ireland! That’s fantastic, but before you book that brewery tour or revel in Dublin’s Grafton Street, here are some helpful tips to make the trip more enjoyable.

Consider Car Travel

Public transport and tour buses are a good way of seeing many of the most famous sites in the Emerald Isle, but renting a car may help you reach those hidden treasures. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. The Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right.

Ireland Car Travel

Tax-Free Shopping!

All those goodies you’ll find to buy on Grafton Street are tax-free! That’s right, travelers who live outside the European Union can shop tax-free in Ireland. Be sure to apply for a Fexco Horizon Card prior to your trip so you can register and swipe it in affiliated stores in the country and claim sales tax back on the purchases.  

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Differing Currencies

While we’re on the topic of shopping, it’s important to note the British pound is not accepted in the Republic, and the euro is not accepted in the North. If you’re planning on travelling to both parts of Ireland, you’ll need some of both currencies.

Pounds Sterling

Dress Appropriately for the Weather

While the Irish weather is not extreme, it does get a lot of rain, particularly along its west coast. And if you visit Ireland during winter, keep in mind that the days are short. The sun rises at about 8 a.m. and sets at about 4 p.m., which means you have to cram a lot of sightseeing into a few hours. During summer, the sunsets as late as 10 p.m. Make sure to pack light layers of clothing and a pair of rain boots or waterproof shoes, and you should be fine.

Dublin Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Public Transportation Pointers

Ireland’s trains are comfortable, but they’re costly. So if you’re planning to ride on one during your visit, make sure to book it ahead to take advantage of discounts that the Irish Rail offers online. Whenever travelling by bus, it is important to be aware of the fact that you must flag the bus in order to get it to stop.

Ireland Bus

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Michelle Gaudet | Certified Travel Counsellor | Adventure & Experiential Travel Specialist

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