Ireland is one of my favorite destinations for families and couples. It's romantic, active, and filled with heritage. Vacations and Honeymoons are very affordable to Ireland as the US Dollar goes far. You can "Luxury" for less!
You've put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long
enough. It's finally time to take that trip to Ireland! We applaud that decision, but before you
book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin's Grafton Street, here are a few
tips to make for a more enjoyable trip.
Consider Car Travel
The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a
car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as
rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on
outside the European Union can shop tax-free in Ireland. Make 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.
And while we're on the topic of shopping, it's important to note that, as part of the United
Kingdom, Northern Ireland uses pound sterling rather than the euro.
Irish weather is not extreme, but the country does get a lot of rain, particularly along its west
coast. And if you're traveling to Ireland during winter, know that the season's 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. But during summer, the sunsets as late as 10 p.m. Be mindful of these seasonal changes, pack light layers of clothing and a pair of rain boots or waterproof shoes,
and you should be just fine.
Public Transportation Pointers
The trains in Ireland carry you in comfort, but they are pricey. So if you intend to travel on one
during your trip, make sure to book it in advance to take advantage of online discounts that the
Irish Rail offers. If you choose to travel by bus, be aware that you must flag the bus to get it to
Heritage Cards Are Helpful
If you plan to visit the country's many cultural attractions, picking up a Heritage Card from The Office of Public Works is a great idea. This card entitles you to free admission to all heritage
sites managed by the state for an entire year. These sites include castles and national parks.
So now that you have the tips for a successful Ireland trip, be sure to call or email me to help you plan your vacation.