Ireland Travel, Tours, Backpacking & Gap Year

Ireland is a country which offers a lot where you can experience culture, history, world famous cities, friendly local people, rolling green hills, a spectacular coastline and also world famous festivals. Ireland has vibrant cities and lots of rural beaty spots - this country is one of the most popular destinations in Europe.

 
 

Adventure Tours, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs in Ireland

Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland Travel Guide

Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to travel to Ireland.

  • Capital: Dublin (population 1,250,000 approx)
  • Currency: Euro (EUR) (approx 1euro = £1.20)
  • Population: 4,500,000 (approx)
  • Language: Irish and English
  • International Dialing Code +353
  • Area: 70,000 sq km

 

Top Reasons to Visit Ireland

  • See spectacular places
  • Sample the local food and drink including a real Irish Guiness
  • Experience world famous cities like Dublin which have lots of sights and entertainment 
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people
  • Watch a real life rugby or gaelic football match - two of the local passions

 

Travelling & Backpacking in Ireland

Ireland Adventure Tours

Don't leave Ireland before visiting:

  • Dublin
  • Newgrange
  • Sligo
  • Galway 
  • Aran Islands
  • Killarney
  • Cork
  • Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone 

Highlights include:

  • Exploring Dublin, the chances are if you are visiting Ireland you will fly into Dublin which is the beating heart of the country. Expect friendly locals, lots of cafes, bars, restaurants and nightspots. A visit to the Guinness factory is recommended, a guided visit costs around £12.
  • Watching a live sporting event like Gaelic football or rugby, these are two of the local passions.
  • Experiencing St Patricks Day, this worldwide event takes place in March where everything Irish is celebrated. Expect a big party and there is no better place to enjoy this event than Temple Bar in Dublin.
  • Cork has a lively atmosphere and a young vibrant community, the university here attracts thousands of students and there are also activities like watching Munster rugby club, learning to surf or joining a whale watching excursion.
  • Go off the beaten track to see the Cliffs of Moher. Located on the coast of County Clare in the mid-west of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are visited by approximately one million visitors a year, making it Ireland's most popular natural attraction. Gazing out across the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher span 5 miles and reach heights of 702 feet. They are also a perfect destination for bird-watchers, as they are home to over 20 species of bird including the endangered peregrine falcons.
  • Learn more about the history of Ireland by visiting a castle, there are lots to choose from including Slane, Blarney and Cahir to name a few.
  • If you are looking to do a lot of sightseeing around the country you might want to buy a Heritage Card which gives you free access to castles and other attractions for free.

 

Ireland Travel Tips

Ireland can be an expensive destination to visit but there are lots of ways to save money. If you are travelling from mainland Europe you can often find special promotions on flights with low cost airlines like EasyJet and Ryan Air where you can travel for as low as £1. There is also a bus and ferry service connecting Ireland to the UK which is also cheap but takes a lot longer. Also try to book accommodation in advance and avoid holiday season, also for St Patrick's Day in March everything gets booked up early and beds / rooms are at a premium.

Some of your biggest costs can be accommodation, food and drink which all add up to eat away at your budget. This destination is famous for Guiness and there are nightly events thoughout the country every day of the week, but drinking can quickly eat away at your budget and you might find yourself spending more on drink than accommodation. Try cutting back on your drinking or just trying local pubs away from hotspots like Temple Bar in Dublin where a pint of beer or Guinness can cost around 6 euros.

 

Gap Year in Ireland

Ireland Gap Year Travel

Ireland is an incredible country to visit on a gap year where you can see spectacular sights, soak up the local culture, taste real Guiness or stay longer and work in places in Dublin. If you would like to visit, work or study in Ireland then our gap year programs will appeal to you. There are flexible summer and year round gap year jobs in Ireland, local companies and also international agencies hire participants all year round.

Thousands of people take gap years in Ireland every year and if you are looking to be more than just an average traveller view our structured programs and travel ideas. We have programs for Irish and international participants perfect if you would like to live, work or just travel in Ireland. 

 

Ireland Tours

Ireland Tours

From weekend trips to Dublin to overland explorer trips where you can see more of this great country there are lots of options. You will get to travel in a small group making new friends along the way. Recommended places to visit include Dublin, Cork, Galway and Killarney which is a town which attracts thousands of visitors every year. There are also special St Patricks Day festival packages available and most tours start in Dublin but there are also adventures which start in the UK and then you cross into Ireland by ferry.

On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport and sometimes use internal flights to allow you to see the highlights as quick as possible. Usually you will stay hostels, budget hotels and sometimes camping. You can also pay extra for a private room.

Tours in Ireland are great value compared to other destinations in Europe and the price depends on the duration, tour and also company. Included in the price is all transportation around Ireland, your tour guide, top attractions and accommodation and selected meals like breakfast.

 

Ireland Small Group Tours

Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.

Typical group sizes are around 8-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator. On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport and sometimes use internal flights to allow you to see the highlights as quick as possible. Usually you will stay hostels, budget hotels and sometimes camping. You can also pay extra for a private room.

 

Ireland Budget Tours

We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.

Tours in Ireland are great value compared to other destinations in Europe and the price depends on the duration, tour and also company. Included in the price is all transportation around Ireland, your tour guide, top attractions and accommodation and selected meals like breakfast.

 

How to Book

View our featured trips and book a place today. For summer departures you will need to book well in advance to secure a spot as this is the most popular time of the year.