Welcome Back - to Ireland! Cead Mile Failte is Irish for “100,000 welcomes.”
Ireland is fully open and travel demand has been very popular for 2022 and 2023 since many travelers had to put off their planned trips due to COVID. Ireland is a fantastic and safe country for Americans to visit and deserves all its accolades as a top-tier destination.
English is the main language, and the warm Irish hospitality is legendary. Ireland’s wonderful culture, history, food, beverages, music, and stunning scenery will keep you absorbed and delighted during your first and every visit thereafter.
Here are some travel tips and info to help you plan your 2022 and 2023 trips to Ireland.
Erin Go Bragh!
Bear in mind that 40% of the population of Ireland live in and around Dublin too so it can get busy, but the center city is also very walkable. For stunning landscapes, quaint towns, historic ruins, villages, and slower pace make your way out to South and Western Coasts including the “Wild Atlantic Way” which is 1600 miles in length and is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. Northern Ireland also has many interesting sites and amazing scenery so you can take the train to Belfast and use this as a base for good day trips if don’t want to rent a car.
7) How to get around: Ireland has very good and efficient public transportation in and around Dublin. The national train system is also good, but all the major routes start or end in Dublin. Best way to see Ireland outside of Dublin is by driving to see the smaller towns and natural landscapes. This can be done via public bus, escorted motorcoach tours, private driver or renting your own car.
If you decide to rent your own car, you’ll be driving on the opposite side of the road and some roads can be windy and narrow. However, if you take your time and yield to the locals and obey the laws, you’ll be fine and have a grand adventure at your own pace. Make sure to purchase the car insurance though as your auto insurance in the America will probably not cover you in Ireland.
The many castles you see provide great history, tales and backdrops for pictures during your visit. Some castles have been completely renovated and now are 4- and 5-star deluxe hotels featuring fine dining, golf, high tea, spa, falconry and many more experiences.
10) Pub Culture: With current estimates of over 7,000 pubs still operating in Ireland, pubs have been an integral part of the social fabric and culture of the Irish for over 800 years. Pubs are the living room of the Irish culture, and you will find good music and some dancing by the locals. It is said often that if you sit at bar in the Irish pub, you will not be stranger for long as the Irish locals are very friendly and love meeting new people.
Just remember that if you just order a “Pint” of beer you’ll receive Guinness Stout which is Ireland's unofficial national drink. If you want another brand of beer or beverage, you’ll need to name it with your order.
Cheers = "Slainte"
Bonus Tip: To truly have an authentic experience in any country check out a local sporting event. In the USA this would be football or baseball but in Ireland this would be a Hurling match, and these take place in most cities on a Sunday.
Hurling is an Irish game resembling field hockey, played with a shorter stick with a broader oval blade. It is the national game of Ireland and may date back to the 2nd millennium bc. Other popular Irish sports include rugby, golf, gaelic football, horse racing and soccer.
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