Ireland travel guide

From heart-stopping cliffsides to breathtaking back roads, experience everything the Emerald Isle has to offer.

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A winding road accessing the old pier along Dingle peninsula at sunset in Ireland

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Rolling verdant hillsides, ancient castles and sparkling lochs – Ireland is astounding, romantic and steeped in history. The towns are charming, as are the people, who have perfected the art of cozying up next to a crackling fire on dreary winter days.

If you’re lucky you might be blessed with unfiltered sunshine. If not, you’ll get to experience a whale of a time hopping between museums and pubs.

As the Gaelic saying goes, Go n-éirí an bóthar leat : may the road rise up to meet you; may your journey be easy and smooth.

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Is Ireland two countries?

Yes! The south part of Ireland—today known as the Republic of Ireland—succeeded from the UK after the War of Independence in 1922. The northeastern tip—aptly referred to as Northern Ireland—decided to remain part of the UK.

How does that affect modern day travelers?

While Northern Ireland uses pounds, the Republic of Ireland uses Euros. The public transportation systems are split, and while road signs in Northern Ireland indicate miles per hour, you’ll see kilometers listed in the Republic of Ireland.

Currently, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is hardly discernible and it’s not likely that your passport will be checked. But all that might change depending on the outcome of upcoming Brexit discussions.

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Bottom line

To get the most authentic experience in Ireland, wander down back roads and take a front seat at local pubs. Order a hearty stout, offer a cheery sláinte and ask, “What’s the craic?”

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