It's finally time to take that trip to Ireland!
You've put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough.
We applaud that decision to visit Ireland, 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.
Hop on the train
Board the train for a mesmerizing journey through lush green countryside, charming villages, and bustling cities. Ireland's efficient rail network offers a convenient and comfortable way to experience the best of this beautiful country. Sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking scenery as you effortlessly glide from one enchanting destination to another. With frequent departures, spacious carriages, and friendly service, rail travel in Ireland is the ideal choice for both solo adventurers and families alike. So, hop on board and let the magic of the Emerald Isle unfold before your eyes!
Consider Car Travel
The best sites in the Emerald Isle are observed 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 the right.
All those goodies you'll find to buy on Grafton Street are tax-free! That's right, travelers who live 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 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 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, book it in advance to take advantage of the online discounts that the Irish Rail offers. If you choose to travel by bus, be aware that you must flag the bus to stop.
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 terrific 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 to a successful Ireland trip, call or email me to help you plan your vacation.