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Ireland Vacations

Caper across the Emerald Isle

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    1. Destinations
    2. Europe
    3. Ireland

    Why Embark on a Tour of Ireland?

    Nicknamed the “Emerald Isle,” this charming and welcoming land is roughly the size of Alabama. It’s home to rolling hills, gorgeous coastline, and medieval cities. There’s always a new shade of green to discover while traveling around this lush country. On the west coast, you’ll find the Connemara and Giant’s Causeway.

    Start or wind up your Ireland vacation on the eastern side, for oysters on the lively streets of Dublin. Below are some sample itineraries - your Tourlane Travel Expert will help you craft your perfect tailor-made trip, based on your tastes and preferences. Less

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    1. A beach in Cork surrounded by pastoral landscapes - discover more on a tour of Ireland.

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    2. Discover the Giant's Causeway on a Game of Thrones Ireland tour. The sky is purple and the water breaks on the basalt columns.

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    3. Europe, Ireland, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey surrounded by lush forest and reflected in a grass-lined pond.

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    4. Europe, Ireland, Sligo coast with grassy hills, purple flowers, and blue skies.

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    Things to Do on Your Ireland Vacation

    Dublin

    Start your Ireland trip in its cozy capital city, which has an elegant Georgian flair. Dublin hugs the east coast where the River Liffey meets the Irish Sea. Of course, you’ll want to see Dublin’s most popular attractions like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Book of Kells, and the Jameson Distillery. If you enjoy music, find one of the many local pubs that offers live performances in the evening. Ask your Tourlane Travel Expert for insider recommendations.

    Giant’s Causeway 

    If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and enjoy an outdoor adventure, then follow Shepherd’s Steps up the basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway for spectacular views of the Atlantic horizon. Legend has it that the 40,000 basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway are the remains of a bridge connecting Ireland and Scotland, built by warring giants of yesteryear. This natural wonder is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a day trip.

    Cliffs of Moher

    During your Ireland vacation, journey along the west coast to County Clare and the legendary Cliffs of Moher - especially if you’re interested in nature and geology. Peer down from the rocky outcrop and you’ll see the swelling waters of the Atlantic Ocean 509 feet below. Over twenty bird species make their home here, so keep an eye out for puffins and peregrine falcons. As part of a UNESCO Global Park. One way to explore the area is on horseback - your Tourlane Travel Expert will organize this for you if you so desire.

    Blarney Castle

    The beautifully preserved 15th-century castle is world-famous for a single stone. Local folklore states that the Blarney Stone gives the gift of eloquence to anyone brave enough to kiss it—to reach it, all you have to do is hang upside down from the ramparts. Be sure to include this spectacular medieval castle in your Ireland vacation.

    Connemara National Park

    Situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway, the Connemara National Park is the epitome of Irish wilderness and is perfect for nature lovers. Spanning more than 2,000 hectares, visitors will see bogs, heath, and woodlands, not to mention the mighty peaks of Benbaun and  Muckanaght. Explore this romantic backcountry by foot or car, keeping an eye out for grazing Connemara Ponies. Consider spending two to three days in this beautiful area of Ireland.

    Belfast

    The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is well worth a visit while on vacation in Ireland. Visit the evocative docklands by day, and clap along to a traditional session of Irish music and dance by night. Foodies should stop by the Victorian St George’s Market, which contains a range of interesting vendors. Less

    1. Die City Hall ist ein Muss bei einem Belfast Urlaub

      Belfast

    2. Erleben Sie dramatische Naturlandschaften bei Ihrer Giant's Causeway Tour mit Tourlane.

      Giants Causeway

    3. See the skyline of Cork, pictured here, on a Cork vacation

      Cork

    4. Discover Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge, here pictured at dusk with lights reflected in the water, on a Dublin vacation

      Dublin

    5. See the churches of Galway, pictured here, on a Galway vacation

      Galway

    6. Saint Canice Kathedrale in Kilkenny, Irland

      Kilkenny

    7. See Muckross House, pictured here, on a Killarney vacation

      Killarney

    8. See the city of Limerick, pictured here, on a Limerick vacation

      Limerick

    What is the Food Like in Ireland?

    • Traditional English chicken pie with gravy sauce.

      What is the Food Like in Ireland?

      It’s true what they say - Guinness tastes better in Ireland. You’ll find this dark and distinctive beer in every establishment across the country. A popular local dish in Dublin that the locals won’t let you leave without trying is coddle—a sausage and potato bake. Irish stew is another national favorite, traditionally featuring lamb, onions, potato, and stock. Another Irish classic is colcannon, which combines mashed potatoes, cabbage or kale, with butter and spring onions.

    What are the Best Events in Ireland?

    1. Nationalfeiertag - St. Patrick's Day in Irland

      What are the Best Events in Ireland?

      The most famous annual event in Ireland is __St. Patrick’s Day__, which is now celebrated in many countries around the world. If you wish to visit Ireland for this popular festival, it takes place every year in March. The Galway Arts Festival is one of Europe’s best festivals of its kind. If you’re interested in books, consider timing your trip to Ireland to coincide with the West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland’s second city. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more advice about the best events to check out during your Ireland vacation. 

    Useful Information for Planning Your Trip

    The best time to visit Ireland is from April through June, and September through October, with temperatures in the 50s and fewer tourists. July and August is the warmest time of year, with temperatures in the 60s, but it’s also the busiest time of year with international visitors. The winter is cold and wet, and many tourist attractions are closed at this time. 

    Located at the eastern edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland is one of the wettest countries in Europe, so it’s essential that you remember this when packing! Be sure to pack a decent rain jacket, waterproof clothing, at least one umbrella, and at least one spare pair of shoes (in case your first pair get wet!). It is also good to pack warm clothing, especially for the evenings when temperatures really dip (even during spring and fall, things get frosty). A hat, scarf, and gloves are all sensible. If you’re visiting during the warmer summer months, remember to pack a swimsuit, as you may find yourself wanting to cool off in the ocean, or in your hotel swimming pool. Sunscreen is also advisable during the hotter summer months.

    Ireland is located in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

    This depends on your travel tastes and preferences. Speak to your own Tourlane Travel Expert for a free quote.

    The official currency in Ireland is the euro (€).

    Ireland has two official languages: English and Irish.

    Dublin (DUB) and Shannon Airport (SNN) both offer direct flights to the USA.

    As a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa to visit Ireland. More information from the U.S. Travel Advisory is available here.

    Other Countries to Visit

    1. Discover the beautiful Peak District on an England tour

      England

    2. View of the canals and typical Dutch houses in the city of Leiden, which you can discover during your trip to the Netherlands.

      The Netherlands

    3. The market in the Grand Place of Antwerp at sunrise, framed by colourful houses typical of Belgian architecture. A city to discover during your holidays in Belgium.

      Belgium

    4. View of the bay of Dubrovnik in Croatia - a must on a Croatia round trip.

      Croatia

    5. View of the cliffs of the Faroe Islands in Europe.

      Faroe Islands

    6. Discover the famous Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris on a tour of France

      France

    7. Discover the beautiful rugged Welsh coastline, pictured here, on a Wales vacation

      Wales

    8. Discover the beautiful Porto skyline, the Douro River, and brightly lit buildings on a tour of Portugal

      Portugal

    9. Europe, Italy, Amalfi Coast, colorful cliffside houses looking over a blue bay. Mountain silhouettes and blue sky in the background.

      Italy

    10. Framed by the dramatic green landscapes, visit Urquart Castle on a tour package to Scotland.

      Scotland

    11. View of white buildings and the sea in Greece

      Greece

    12. Europe, Spain, Barcelona red brick skyline against a blue sky.

      Spain

    13. Plan a European Tour package and you'll discover incredible waterfalls, like Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland, pictured in the morning mist with the sun rising over green hills.

      Iceland

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