You’ll get it everywhere you go: a hearty tá Fáilte romhat (‘you’re very welcome’) or céad míle fáilte (‘a thousand times welcome’).
Yep, Irish hospitality may be a cliché – right up there with leprechauns and kissing the Blarney Stone – but when you travel here you realise, the Emerald Isle revels in its old-school approach to life. Connemara really is as brooding and lonely as we’ve been led to believe. The Dublin of James Joyce still lingers on in odd pockets of the city. The Guinness really is that good. If you want to enjoy your stay, it’s best to leave your cynicism at the door and grab Ireland with both hands: learn the folklore of Roscommon and Donegal, go searching for faeries in Knocknerea Mountain, moan about the inclement weather and (above all) embrace the craic.
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Cliffs of Moher
Gaze at the poetic Cliffs of Moher
Step back in time on the rugged Aran Islands
Ring of Kerry
Travel through the rolling green hills and quaint villages of the Iveragh Peninsula
Sink a pint of Guinness with locals in Ireland’s humming capital
Ireland holiday information
At a glance
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Ireland travel FAQs
Tipping of 10-15% in restaurants is common. Some restaurants add a service charge to the bill, so check for this. It’s common to round up fare in taxis or leave around 10% if they’ve been particularly helpful.
Internet access is good in Ireland, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Ireland. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Ireland.
Pint of Guinness = 4.50 Euro
City public transport ride = 2.5 Euro
Simple cafe lunch = 15 Euro
Nice meal in a restaurant = 40 Euro
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Ireland. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in Ireland, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 17 Mar St Patrick's Day
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May May Day
- 5 Jun June Bank Holiday
- 7 Aug August Bank Holiday
- 30 Oct October Bank Holiday
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Saint Stephen's Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Ireland go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ireland/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Ireland
- Be considerate of Ireland’s customs, traditions, religions and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.