Ireland Vacations

If you're going to find mythical creatures anywhere in the world, it's sure to be Ireland. The Emerald Isle simply feels magical. Lush, green pastures dotted with silently grazing sheep, old timers jamming together on the fiddle and bodhrán in pubs older than anyone can remember, islands where the Irish language is as ubiquitous as the fishermen ... Read more
hauling in today's catch ... Ireland feels like something out of a novel. And, for the most part, it is. With a literary history as long as the hills are green, it's no wonder dozens of world-class writers like James Joyce or Bram Stoker came from the Emerald Isle. If you'd like the 'gift of gab,' kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Or, admire the sheer drops of the Cliffs of Moher, on the stunningly lush west coast of Ireland. For urban entertainment, visit Dublin, Galway or Cork for some craic (lively conversation) at a pub with locals, where it's easy to see why the country is experiencing a economic and cultural resurgence. Forget hotels outside of the cities; family-run B&Bs are everywhere. Ireland hasn't, ahem, been known for its cuisine, but this resourceful country is experiencing a restaurant revolution, combining international flavors with traditional Irish ingredients and recipes.

Ireland places to stay and top hotels

Ireland things to do and experiences

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  • Cliffs of Moher
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The Emerald Isle’s year-round rain and cool, moist temperatures have at least given its inhabitants some reward: a lush, green countryside. Though temperatures are mild year-round, winters can be particularly ... Read more
brutal with winds blowing off of the Atlantic and frequent gales. However, travelers who endure the dark winter months will reap the benefits of dirt cheap airfare and accommodation. Summers are peak season in Ireland, when the sun rises early and sets late, the weather is warm and must-see attractions are open; but spring and fall have the best of both worlds: lower prices, so-so weather and fewer crowds. No matter what time of the year you travel, however, be sure to pack layers since it’s bound to get chilly at some point during your trip.

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Solo Female Travel Tips

While Ireland is generally quite safe, it\'s always smart to stick to well-lit areas, avoid deserted alleyways at night, and ask the locals which places are unsafe. The countryside is the safest, with the friendliest locals.

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surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.


As a Catholic country, Ireland isn't without complications. Travelers advise not to 'take any unsavory comments too seriously and don't get into a fight'. On the other hand, it's important to 'stand tall, be confident about your identity', and while ... Read more
'some people look weird at you, it's unlikely you'll hear 'nasty comments.'

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Ireland reviews & trip reports

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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Ancient, mysterious and incredibly inspiring--definitely one of my favorite travel destinations.

Recommended for:History BuffsSpiritual Seekers

I cannot remember where I took this picture but Ireland is the only other country in the world where I have felt like I am at home. The countryside is amazing and the people are amazing. I highly recommend that you add Ireland to your bucket list.

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Escondido, California, USA

No wonder it's called the Emerald Isle. Rent a car and head west. Plenty of B&B's hotels and castles. Pub grub is a way of life.

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Edinburgh, UK

Listening to Altan (some of the best Celtic music I know -- highly recommended) while whipping over green hills and through quaint villages are some of my favorite memories not just in Ireland but in all my years of travel. From the dynamic cities to the ancient rural ruins and epic coasts, there is such a diversity of experiences to be had in this small country.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersHistory Buffs
San Francisco, California, USA

From the humor of the residents to the gorgeous lush hillsides, there's something magical about the green isle of Ireland. I have to admit that I didn't think I'd love Ireland as much as I did, but there's something about the rustic scenery and the people that make Ireland hold a special spot in my heart. Definitely rent a car and drive around Ireland. My boyfriend and I rented a car and drove counterclockwise from Dublin. I'd argue that the best times we had were on that road trip. It's a wonderful way to see both Ireland and Scotland. Just remember that most cars in Ireland are manual (unless you specifically ask for an automatic) and that you have to drive on the "other" side of the road or you'll get creamed. Cell service can be spotty, so don't rely on your GPS. Get a print map as a back up and have an amazing time. Ireland is fantastic!

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San Diego

I left my heart in Ireland. Truly. I was over the moon and walking on clouds the whole time I was in this beautiful country, the home of my ancestors all the way to my great grandfather. Family history, culture, and the breathtaking landscape (coming to life from my dreams) made it a dream trip, and though it was a very personal and emotional experience for me, it's an outstanding place for anyone to visit - even if you have no Irish ties. The Irish are a friendly, workaday people who love a good beer and good music, celebrate the small things in life, and welcome everyone to their land with open arms. I loved it, and you will too.

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London, UK

Have been here on business several times and spent about three weeks exploring it with my mother in 2007. History casts a long shadow but the scenery is unmatched and the cultural life is fun when it's not tragic.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Ireland is famous for its beautiful countryside and coastline, its delicious stout, its literary contributions, an its people which are friendly almost to a fault. After some time in Dublin, make sure to make your way around this small country, and spend some time in the small towns and countryside. And don't forget to visit a pub or two, or three!

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Beautiful, lush and green Ireland is magical full of laughter, music and smiling faces.

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Brisbane, Australia

Ireland is a beautiful country, and one of the greenest places I have ever visited. There are great views of the sea on the western coast, and plenty of charming medieval towns, a great capitol in Dublin, and lots of history and culture.