Diving into planning a vacation to Ireland is exciting! There are so many parts of the country to see, many different ways to get there, and many different avenues to getting around.
Ireland Planning Steps
First, you need to decide how will you see Ireland. Will it be with a group or do you want to go independently and rent your own vehicle?
Second, where do you want to go?. If you choose to go in a group tour then your options are limited to what is in the group itinerary. Driving yourself around can make for an adventure, especially since you are now driving on the left side of the road. GPS and road maps will become your friends!
Third, what is your anticipated budget? There are several accommodations options from bed and breakfasts, to cottage rentals, to hotels and castles. More than likely you will be living out of your suitcase because you will be moving around from city to city. Pack light and take comfortable shoes and clothing.
The Euro is the currency. Be sure to have a basic understanding of the exchange rate before you leave. This will also help keep your budget in check when you are deciding what to eat and drink (do you need that 3rd commemorative stein mug?) and basic necessities like gas if you are driving, emergency personal hygiene products, etc.
My suggestion is always to see your desired destination in the way that makes you the most comfortable.
Ireland is full of different landscapes, bustling cities, and history. You can view the High Crosses, visit the Cliffs of Moher, travel out to the Saltee Islands, eat at pubs in small towns while trying to speak the local language, go to a festival and learn how to dance the Irish step, and view the stunning statue of the Virgin Mary on the Ring of Kerry. Truly, Ireland cannot be summed up in one blog post or even one conversation.
I am sharing a link below that is a well put together 5 minute video from Rough Guides that will give you a taste of Ireland:
Enjoy the pictures below as they were taken from many different areas of the country. Have questions about how to plan your own Ireland vacation? Contact us here!