Cliffs of Moher - Ireland
Cliffs of Moher - Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They run for about 14 kilometres.
Photo by Henrique Craveiro

IRELAND

Europe

Ireland Travel Information

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Key facts

Capital:

Dublin

Location:

Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain

Currency:

euros (EUR)

Area:

70,273 sq km

Population:

5,224,884 (July 2021 est.)

Languages:

English (official, the language generally used), Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official, spoken by approximately 39.8% of the population as of 2016; mainly spoken in areas along Ireland's western coast known as gaeltachtai, which are officially recognized regions where Irish is the predominant language)

Religion:

Roman Catholic 78.3%, Church of Ireland 2.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Orthodox 1.3%, Muslim 1.3%, other 2.4%, none 9.8%, unspecified 2.6% (2016 est.)

TimeZone:

UTC 0

Tel Code:

+353

Weather

Climate

Ireland has a temperate maritime climate, meaning that it is generally mild with temperatures rarely reaching extreme highs or lows. The western coast tends to be wetter and milder, while the eastern coast is drier and cooler. The temperatures are generally cool in the summer and mild in the winter. The temperature in the summer can range between 15-20 °C (59-68 °F) and in the winter it ranges between 3-8 °C (37-46 °F)

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Ireland depends on what you want to do and where you want to go.

  • Spring (March to May) is a great time to visit as the weather is mild and the crowds are not as heavy as in the summer. It's also a great time to see the wildflowers and greenery.
  • Summer (June to August) is considered high season, the weather is mild and the days are longer, it's the perfect time to explore the outdoors, go hiking, and visit the beaches.
  • Fall (September to November) is a great time to visit, with milder weather and fewer crowds. It's also the perfect time to see the fall foliage, and for golf enthusiasts, it's a great time to play golf.
  • Winter (December to February) can be quite cool and damp, especially in the interior, but it is also the low season, which means fewer crowds and lower prices. It's also the perfect time to see the Christmas markets.

Overall, the best time to visit Ireland depends on your personal preferences and what you want to do during your trip. Keep in mind that peak travel season is usually in the summer months and it can be quite busy in some places.

Transportation

Train

Ireland has a modern and efficient train system that connects major cities and tourist destinations. The trains are comfortable, and most offer first and second class seating options. Train travel is generally considered one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to get around Ireland.

Bus

Bus travel is also a popular option in Ireland, especially for shorter trips and to reach smaller towns. Buses are generally less expensive than trains, but the journey can be longer and less comfortable.

Car

Renting a car is a great option for travelers who want to explore Ireland's beautiful countryside and visit smaller towns and villages that are not easily accessible by public transportation. Keep in mind that traffic in Ireland can be heavy, especially in big cities and parking can be difficult in some areas.

Air

Ireland has several major airports that connect the country to destinations around the world. Flying is a good option for travelers who are looking to cover long distances quickly and efficiently.

Taxi and Ridesharing

Taxis and ridesharing services such as Uber are also available in Ireland. However, they tend to be more expensive than other transportation options and may be more difficult to find in smaller towns and villages.

Bike

Cycling is a popular way to explore the countryside, many towns and cities have bike rental services and dedicated bike lanes. Also, it is an eco-friendly way to move around

Ferry

Ferries are a great way to explore the coastal towns and islands in Ireland, they are available from the main ports such as Dublin, Cork and Rosslare.

Ultimately, the best transportation option for you will depend on your itinerary, budget, and personal preferences. Keep in mind that public transportation options are generally more affordable and efficient, while rental cars and taxis offer more flexibility. Keep in mind that transportation options in the rural areas may be limited and more expensive than in the cities.

Accommodation

Hotels

Ireland offers a wide variety of hotel options to suit every budget and preference. From luxury 5-star hotels to budget-friendly 2-star hotels, you can find accommodations in every major city and tourist destination in Ireland. Many hotels offer amenities such as a gym, pool, and spa, while others may have a restaurant or bar on-site.

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) are a popular accommodation option in Ireland. They offer comfortable rooms and a delicious traditional breakfast. They are often family-run and can provide a more personal and intimate experience.

Guesthouses

Guesthouses are similar to Bed and Breakfasts but they offer more basic facilities and they are run by the owner. They are a popular budget-friendly accommodation option in Ireland.

Hostels

Hostels are a great option for budget-conscious travelers, they offer dormitory-style accommodation and shared facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens. Some hostels offer private rooms as well.

Vacation Rentals

Another popular accommodation option in Ireland is renting an apartment or vacation rental. This is a great option for travelers who want the comforts of home, such as a kitchen and living room, and also for those who want to stay in a specific area for longer periods.

Campsites

Campsites are a popular option for travelers who want to explore Ireland's beautiful countryside and beaches. Ireland offers a wide variety of campsites, from basic to luxurious, and many of them offer amenities such as bathrooms, showers, and swimming pools.

Ultimately, the best accommodation option for you will depend on your personal preferences, budget and the purpose of your trip. Keep in mind that peak travel season is usually in the summer months and prices tend to be higher during that period.

Money

Money Tips for Travel

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with international transactions.
  • Bring a mix of cash, credit, and debit cards--and possibly a travel money card.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.
  • Make sure to have a backup option for accessing money in case your primary method doesn't work.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • NEVER accept currency conversion at ATMs! Always get your home bank to convert at much better rates.
  • Think about getting a Wise or other travel debit card; these can provide much better rates and some free ATM withdrawals.

ATM and Credit Cards

  • Research the availability of ATMs and credit card acceptance at your destination before you depart.
  • Keep your ATM card in a safe place and be mindful of your surroundings when using it.
  • Try to stick to using ATMs that are affiliated with major banks.
  • Keep your credit card information safe and secure, and be aware of potential scams.
  • Make sure your cards have the necessary security features, such as chip and pin.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.

Exchange Rates

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • Be careful of places that may offer to exchange money at rates that seem too good to be true.

Mobile

When traveling, getting mobile access is very important these days. If you are working remotely, wanting to update social media, or need to access your banks SMS authentication messages having a reliable service is a must. At WhereNext we recommend:

eSIM

Services such as those offered by our partner, Airalo, allow you to easily order and install an eSIM for different countries or regions that you are traveling in.

Dual SIM phone

If you have a phone that supports dual SIM's then you can get a SIM on arrival for each country, this is probably better done at a telco store rather than at the airport.

Extend your home plan

Depending on where you live and your mobile service provider you may be able to extend your plan to cover mobile roaming at reasonable rates.

Keep your primary SIM

With the amount of accounts we all have that require two factor authentication via SMS, keeping a constant number for these accounts is a must.

Community

There are several online communities and platforms that you can use to meet people while traveling, both for making new friends or for networking professionally. Some popular options include:

Facebook groups

There are many Facebook groups dedicated to connecting people while traveling, from expat groups and travel communities to groups specific to certain cities or regions of the country. You can search for groups based on your interests or location and connect with others who share similar interests.

Meetup

Meetup is a platform that allows you to find groups of people that share your interests in your local area. There are Meetup groups all around the world, and they cover a wide range of topics, such as language exchange, sports, and cultural activities.

Internations

Internations is a social network for people who live or work abroad. It has a large community of expats and organizes regular events, activities and gatherings that allow members to connect and socialize.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a platform that connects travelers with local hosts, who offer free accommodation and a chance to experience the local culture. It's a great way to meet locals and make friends!

Reddit

Reddit has a large community, and there are several subreddits dedicated to connecting expats and travelers. You can use it to ask questions, get advice, and connect with others who are also living or traveling in the country.

Linkedin

LinkedIn is primarily a professional network, but you can also use it to connect with people who work in the same industry or have similar backgrounds. It can be useful to connect with people before you arrive and establish a few professional contacts to help you get started.

At WhereNext, we use Nomad List as a global community and then research more local ones for our destination. These are just a few examples of online communities you can use to meet people; please suggest any others that you think are appropriate for this destination.

Insurance

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It covers a wide range of needs--even some you might not expect!

Medical Coverage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses if you become ill or injured while traveling. This can include coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, and emergency medical transportation. It's also a good idea to ensure that your travel insurance covers COVID-19 related illness and delays!

Trip Cancellation and Interruption

Travel insurance can provide coverage if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unexpected events such as illness, weather, or travel bans. It can also provide coverage if your trip is delayed or if your travel provider goes out of business.

Lost or Stolen Luggage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or stolen luggage, as well as personal items such as passports and electronic devices.

Emergency Assistance and Evacuation

Many travel insurance plans offer emergency assistance services, such as providing information on local hospitals and doctors, assistance with replacing lost or stolen documents, and help with arranging transportation in the event of an emergency. At WhereNext we have partnered with Global Rescue for evacuation services, which are highly recommended if you are undertaking dangerous activities or are travelling to dangerous parts of the world.

Liability coverage

Travel insurance can also provide liability coverage in case you cause an accident or harm someone while you are traveling.

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It can help cover the costs of medical expenses, trip cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and more. It's always a good idea to review the coverage and compare the different options available before making a decision. At WhereNext we both use and have partnered with Safety Wing for general travel insurance.

Entry Requirements

Here are some general travel tips regarding entry requirements that apply across all countries:

Passport

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in the country you are visiting. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire within a certain period of time.

Visa

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if you need a visa. Some countries require a visa for entry, while others do not. Make sure to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip as the process can take several weeks. Check the latest Visa requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Health Requirements and COVID-19 Rules

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if there are any health requirements for entry. Some countries require vaccinations or proof of medical insurance. Check the latest health requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance, especially if you are traveling internationally. Travel insurance can cover you in the event of trip cancellation, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. Our travel insurance partner is SafetyWing. For dangerous activities and/or countries consider a rescue service like those offered by our partner, Global Rescue.

Customs

Be familiar with the customs and laws of the country you are visiting. Some countries have strict laws regarding drug possession, alcohol consumption, and dress codes.

Currency

Check the currency exchange rate and make sure you have enough local currency for your trip. Some countries may not accept credit cards or travelers cheques, so it is always good to have some cash on hand. At WhereNext we recommend use a Wise debit card, which provides low cost currency conversions and ATM withdrawals.

Research the country

Research about the culture, customs and laws of the country you are visiting. It will help you to understand the place more and also prepare you better for the trip.

Contact Information

Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate place from your passport. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a friend or family member at home.

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      Things to Do

      Ireland is a country known for its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and friendly people. From the bustling streets of Dublin to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, there is something for every traveler to enjoy. Here are the top 10 things to do in Ireland:

      1. Explore Dublin

      Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland, known for its rich history, culture, and vibrant nightlife. Visitors can explore famous landmarks such as Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the Guinness Storehouse.

      2. See the Cliffs of Moher

      The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most iconic natural landmarks. They are 700-foot-high cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands.

      3. Visit the Ring of Kerry

      The Ring of Kerry is a popular tourist route that winds through the beautiful countryside of County Kerry. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, and traditional Irish villages.

      4. Explore the Giant's Causeway

      The Giant's Causeway is a unique geological formation located in Northern Ireland. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers beautiful coastal views and hiking opportunities.

      5. Take a tour of the Blarney Castle

      The Blarney Castle is a medieval castle located in County Cork. Visitors can take a tour of the castle, see the Blarney Stone and kiss it for good luck.

      6. Visit the Rock of Cashel

      The Rock of Cashel is a historic site located in County Tipperary, it is a well-preserved medieval fortress that offers beautiful views and rich history.

      7. See the Book of Kells

      The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript that is considered one of Ireland's greatest national treasures. It is on display at Trinity College in Dublin.

      8. Take a trip to the Burren

      The Burren is a unique limestone landscape located in County Clare. It offers beautiful scenery and a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing.

      9. Visit the city of Galway

      Galway is a vibrant and charming city located in the west of Ireland, it is known for its medieval architecture, traditional Irish music, and lively pubs.

      10. Take a drive along the Wild Atlantic Way

      The Wild Atlantic Way is a scenic route that runs along the west coast of Ireland. It offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and charming villages and towns.

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