Top 10 tips when visiting Ireland

Ireland is a magical place. It has a culture and heritage that is truly its own. The country is divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Republic has 26 counties, while Northern Ireland has 6 counties, giving the entire country 32 in total.

1. No visit to Ireland is complete without spending at least a couple of days in the capital, Dublin. Dublin is now accessible from most of the world’s major airports. Car rental can be rented directly at the airport with the main recognized companies, but we suggest you book in advance to get the best rates. Car rental also offers more flexibility if visitors want to travel further afield.

2. Galway is widely considered to be the fastest growing city in Europe. Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is a lively city with an extremely young and vibrant population. Known for its many pubs and cafes, Galway is a must on any traveler’s agenda.

3. Cork is the third largest city in Ireland after Dublin and Belfast. Beware of the famous Cork accent as it is fast and can be hard to understand at times. Home to Murphy’s and Beamish stout, Cork was named the European Capital of Culture in 2005.

4. The famous Ring of Kerry has been traveled by millions of visitors at this stage. Enjoy the spectacular scenery that the Ring of Kerry has to offer. Located close to Killarney, it is a must for any serious traveller. Prepare for a slow drive as the route is often very busy.

5. Possibly one of Ireland’s best kept secrets is County Sligo. Located in the North West of Ireland, Sligo was the home of the famous poet WBYeats. Much of the inspiration for him was derived from the local surroundings. He marvels at Lough Gill, Ben Bulben and Knocknerea.

6. While Belfast may have gained an international reputation as a violent city due to its past, it has now become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The city is full of life and exudes an energy that is rarely found elsewhere. Another essential!

7. The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are a real treat. Rising hundreds of feet high and reaching up from the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are a true sight. Surfers now come from all over the world to ride the powerful waves at the base of the cliff.

8. Fancy taking a trip back in time to what Ireland used to be like? If so, take a trip to the Aran Islands off the Galway coast, where Gaelic or Irish is the main language. The islands will give you a taste of what Ireland used to be like with a laid back attitude prevailing.

9. Visit County Wexford, known as the Model County and climb Europe’s oldest lighthouse at Hook Head. Dating back over 500 years, this is a climb that will take your breath away, not from the exertion of the climb but from the views.

10. Finally, be sure to book your accommodation and car rental well in advance to avoid disappointment. Remember that the euro is now the currency of Ireland, so do your math before you book.

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