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Ireland Travel Tips

March 09, 2017

So, you’re interested in traveling to the emerald isle. A place soaked in history, drenched in myths and legends, and strewn with bewitching scenery, Ireland boasts all the ingredients for an unforgettable adventure.

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Rock of Cashel, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

 

We have a few tips and tricks for your first trip to Ireland!

 

What to pack:

Pack for all types of weather! The weather truly depends on what side of the island you are on. It's fairly common for Dublin to be sunny while Galway is raining. The west side of the island is the most common for rain, but the rain happens in small spurts. 

Since the island is surrounded by water, the temperature tends to stay fairly consistent year round. Packing sweaters and layers is essential. Also, be sure to pack your walking shoes and a small compact umbrella!

  Annual Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Average Temp (F) 49 42 42 44 47 52 56 59 59 56 51 46 43
Average High Temp (F) 55 57 57 50 53 58 62 65 65 62 56 51 48
Average Low Temp (F) 44 37 37 39 41 45 50 53 53 50 46 41 39
Average Percipitation (in) 41 4.2 3.2 3.2 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.7 3.5 3.4 4.4 4.1 4.4

http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/city.php3?c=IE
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Laura Kastenbauer, Mayflower Tours Marketing Coordinator, at the Burren, Clare Heritage Centre, Glenquin, Corofin, Co. Clare, Ireland

 

Money:

Figuring out the money was easy.  I will admit that I familiarized myself with the money in Ireland (euros) before I left home. I always used an ATM to get cash but most stores also accepted cards as well. My ATM card had a $500 per day limit, which was about 320 euros. Be sure to speak to your bank and credit card companies so they could put an “international travel alert” on all your accounts. The other thing people should realize is that small amounts of Euros are in coins, not bills. So there is no 1 euro bill, or 2 euro bill, only coins.

 

Stores:

Stores close early in Europe, especially in small towns. In Dublin, the typical shopping hours is 9:00am to 6:30 or 7:00 pm. Also, military time is very common so be sure to brush up on hour to convert military to standard time!

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Bunratty Castle, Bunratty West, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland

Other tips:

  • Americans like ice in their drinks!  Almost every restaurant we used we had to ask for ice.
  • Another unusual thing is that what Americans would call the 1st floor of a building, in Ireland is called the ground floor. So sometimes in an elevator, to get to the 1st floor, we had to press a G button. Other times it was a 0 (“zero”) button!
  • Embrace the adventure. Go visit that castle, listen to live music in the streets and embrace a culture different than your own. If you haven’t tried (or even heard of) a certain type of food, try it out! You never know if you’ll find your new favorite food.

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Limerick, Ireland

 

Ireland Coast to Coast Mayflower Tours Holiday!

Come with us to Ireland and see the magic for yourself on our Ireland Coast to Coast Holiday! This holiday features 11 days and 17 meals, along with:

  • A city tour of Dublin including the Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Enjoy a traditional Irish evening with dinner, dance, music and song
  • Stroll amongst the gardens at Powerscourt Estate, Garnish Island and Muckross House
  • Visits to Muckross House in Killarney and Castletown Estate in Co. Kildare
  • Panoramic tours of Waterford and Cork
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher and travel through the vast land of the Burren
  • Tour Blarney Castle and kiss the "Blarney Stone"
  • Experience the scenic beauty of the Connemara and visit Kylemore Abbey
  • Enjoy two nights accommodations and dinners at Abbeyglen Castle in Clifden, Co. Galway

Find out more about this tour by clicking here.

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Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland