Ireland Travel Guide
When you think of Ireland, you probably think of rain, green rolling hills, leprechauns, and pubs on every street. And while all of these things do exist (except for the leprechauns), Ireland has so much more than the stereotypes that many associate with it.
Along with Guinness and pubs playing traditional Irish music, you can find beautiful parks, castles, high-end shopping, impressive lakes and valleys, cliffs that drop down into the sea, and roads that wind up the coast.
The best way to explore the country is to rent a car and hit the road to stops like Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Cork, and Galway. And enjoy a pint or two along the way!
Ireland’s weather is very mild and temperate, making it a destination that can be enjoyed year-round – if you don’t mind the rain. It is called the Emerald Isle though so expect lots of showers, no matter what time of year.
That being said, the winters in Ireland are characterized by daily drizzles and short daylight hours. Though, it never gets too cold (temperatures average to be about 45 F).
Spring in Ireland means mild temperatures and less congestion at many of the top tourist sites. Summer is peak season and tourists from all over the world flock to soak up the little sunshine that Ireland receives.
You’ll compete with others for hotel rooms, and prices are higher, so book in advance to get the best lodging and deals.
What To Expect
Language: Today Irish is recognized as the official language of Ireland but don’t fret because every local you come in contact within bigger cities will speak perfect English—do be prepared to come across some interesting slang and thick accents!
Currency: The currency in Ireland is the Euro (EUR). 1 EUR is equivalent to $1.14 USD. If visiting Northern Ireland, you will find the currency is the Pound. The exchange rate for the pound is 1 USD is equivalent to 0.79 pounds.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards are widely accepted on the island of Ireland. It is useful to have Euros for small purchases, tips, and to accommodate smaller businesses. Finding an ATM in Ireland is as easy as it as at home. They are on the main streets of every town and city and might be labeled as a “Cashpoint.”
Plugs: In Ireland, the power plugs and sockets are type G, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Millions of travelers visit Ireland every year with very few safety or crime complaints. Overall, it does not have a high risk of crime, so you won’t need to worry too much when visiting. Take the usual precautions, and you will be just fine.
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