Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland Travel Guide

St. Patrick Island where locals tell you it’s never too hot nor too cold, however weather is… good in summer. Great landscapes, best waves for surfers, ancient monuments and much more, all here in Ireland.

Ireland Travel Guide

Capital: Dublin

Language: Irish and English  /  Population: 4,6 million  /  Currency: Euro

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Climate The climate of Ireland is mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. The sunniest months are May and June. temperatures generally fall in a range of 15°C (59F) to 20°C (68F) but sometimes they can reach up to 25°C (77F)or even higher. Winter days can be drizzly, cold and short.

Suggested Clothing: Light- to Medium clothing in the summer, Mediumweight is neccesary in the winter. No matter when you come, a light raincoat or windbreaker is needed, and a wool sweater, a jacket or coat, especially at night.

Cuisine Irish cuisine is very simple and nutritious. They are based on large quantities of meat (beef, pork, lamb), becon, fish, seafood, dairy, potatoes and potatoes. No without reason I wrote “potatoes” twice. The Irish eat them boiled, mashed, chipped and baked, mixed with kale or cabbage and butter (Colcannon). Breakfast is a traditional porridge or a full breakfast including becon, sausages, white, blach pudding, hash browns with coffee or tea (with milk). For dinner we get (which is not suprising) meat with potatoes and some vegetables such as leeks, carrots cabbage (Irish stew, Caddle). You should should try Irish seafood (mackerel, salomon, sole, shrimps, oysters). For dessert try “barm brack” is a sweet bread with raisins. Desserts are not fancy, so I propose dinner complete the Irish coffee (coffee with Baileys) or Caife Gaelach (coffe with whiskey and  whipped cream) or cold Guinness!n,FodiFsF

Foreign Relations member of European Union with bilateral relations with the United States and United Kingdom.

How to Save Money

If you like to know how to save money in Ireland Iwrote article about it: Top 10 ways to save money on travel in Ireland.

Expense Report

Expense report for Ireland travel guide  are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)

Big Mac € 3,69
Bread  from 1,45
Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink) € from  14,50
Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)  from 16,50
Beer (0,5)  from 2,50
Wine (0,75) € from 8,00
Museums (National)   mostly free
Bus Ticket  2,50
Hotel (**** double room)  from 96,00
Budget Hotel (double room)  from 60,00
Hostel  from 11,00

Places and Attractions to Visit in Ireland

If you interested I wrote as well article Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Ireland, so have a look.

1.Cliffs of Moher on the west coast are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland.The cliffs are located in county Clare and lie just south from the Village of Doolin and the Burren. Rising slowly from Doolin they ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) stretching south for nerarly five miles (8km) to Hags head. Being almost vertical, their sheer drop into the heaving Atlantic ocean is a haven for sea birds.

2. Boyne Valley largest and one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. Located in the North-East of Ireland is a World Heritage Site. The Prehistoric inhabitants of the area built huge burial tombs on the banks of the river Boyne and on hilltop sites such as Loughcrew. Today, the Neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth which are older than the pyramids in Egypt and pre-date Stonhenge by 1000 years continue to attract huge numbers of visitors from all around the world. The area is believed to contain around 40 passage tombs in total.

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3. Dublin Capital and largest city of Ireland. Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Act of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry. Can you imagine that The “Oldest Pub in Ireland” is reputed to be located in Dublin. The pub is called the Brazen Head. There has been a pub on this site since 1198.

4. Kerry Ireland’s most beautiful tourist hike route,part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ring of Kerry have 120 miles through some of southwestern Ireland’s most jaw-dropping landscapes. This unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits like golf, water-sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers for salmon & trout and many more. Ireland travel guide suggest to stop off on route at the Killarney National park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, home to the 15th century Ross Castle and a herd of wild red deer.

5. The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.

6. Aran Islands The three Aran Islands first termed as “the Islands of Saints & Scholars”, are important elements of Celtic cultural for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage.  The Irish(Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English.

7.Cork

Second largest city in the state and the third most populous on the island of Ireland. In 2005, it was selected as the European Capital of Culture. There are many tourist attractions:  one of the most popular is Blarney Castle, Ireland travel guide suggest that you can ‘Kiss The Blarney Stone’ – after of the kiss the Blarney Stone it is said you will get the ‘Gift of The Gab’ meaning you will speak in a  interesting way!

Activities

1. Surfing There’s nowhere more exciting than Ireland when it comes to surfing. This country is bleesed with beautiful coastline,  fantastic variety of beach, reef and break points. The surfing season starts in September, with warm weather and swells coming in from both the north and the south. So grab your board – a world of watery wonder awaits. I can’t wait to go there surfing.

2. Climbing Climbing is among the most popular outdoor activities in Ireland and wherever you going there will be no shortage of places to get involved in Ireland’s active community of indoor and outdoor climbers.

3. Golf Ireland is famous for golf, with sweeping coastlines and wooded valleys providing a suitably dramatic backdrop for any round of golf, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran. With such amazing scenery, it is hardly surprising that Ireland is home to some of the world’s finest Championship courses and resorts. Ireland travel guide suggest that golf is expensive, but there is a lot of parkland golf too.

4. Walking, Hiking and Mountaineering Hill walking is very popular in Ireland among tourists and locals alike. Yearly almost 1 million overseas visitors to Ireland go hiking in the hills, forests and glens of the Emerald Isle. There are plenty of National Waymarked Trails ranging in distance from 25km to over 200km, making Ireland an ideal location for those seeking to cover some ground over one day or several. For those looking for something a little bit shorter, there is just as much provision, and shorter loops walks now link up to most of the National Waymarked Trails.

5. River Boating in Ireland Ireland is subdivided by water. The Shannon system is an interconnecting series of rivers, lakes and canals which bisect the country longitudinally along the line of the longest river in the British Isles. To the east, the River Shannon is twice connected with Dublin by the Royal and Grand Canals, while a further canal system along the River Barrow to the south connects the Grand Canal with the ports of New Ross and Waterford, and with the open sea. Now, after a long period of stagnation and disrepair, these waterways have found a completely new purpose; recreation and tourism.

Emergency Numbers

According Ireland travel guide The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in Ireland, you can use as well  999 for Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance.

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