If you are dreaming of exploring the Emerald Isle there are some important things to know before you book that trip.

View our top tips for planning your first trip to Ireland get everything you need to know before you go.


1. Getting to Ireland

There are lots of ways to get to Ireland:


From European cities you can fly direct to places like Dublin with airlines like Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Cityjet, Flybe and Jet2. Book in advance for the lowest prices.


You can travel to Ireland with Stena Line on ferry sailings available from England, Scotland, Wales and France. Some of the best ferry routes to Ireland include travelling from the UK or France.


2. Best Time to Visit

Ireland really is an all year round destination, and this is totally down to personal choice.

Ireland isn't like Spain or Portugal, the weather never really get that hot but you don't need the weather to enjoy an amazing trip. Spring and Autumn are great times to travel, the weather might be cooler and more chance of rain but prices are cheaper than summer.

If you love to party you should consider visiting in March to experience the world famous St Patricks Day celebrations


3. Travel Independent or Tours?

Going to explore Ireland independently gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can choose your destinations, accommodation and route. Hiring a car is one of the most popular ways to do this, and 7-14 days is a great amount of time to see the main places.

Small group tour companies can give you the true Irish experience with usually 100% Irish guides. There are lots of affordable trips around Ireland taking in all the main tourist destinations. This is perfect if you are travelling solo, or just want a hassle free experience without having to worry about 


4. Accommodation

There are hundreds of places to stay throughout the country but hotels, hostels and Airbnb's are not cheap in Ireland, especially in Dublin. For the best prices book in-advance and also avoid peak periods like summer and the Christmas holidays.

Organised tours generally include accommodation in the price you pay, but otherwise you'll need to find and book places to stay for yoursellf. Be sure to check prices and budget for this. Prices in Dublin are generally higher than the rest of the country.


5. Where to Go

There are so many amazing places to see in Ireland, with options for all interests.

Like cities? Try to see Dublin and Cork. Like nature and scenery? The Ring of Kerry is one of the best.

Don't just stay in Dublin, explore more of the country and take a scenic drive in rural Ireland which has natural beauty and charm of the Irish countryside. Some routes take you through lush green landscapes, rugged coastlines, serene lakes, and picturesque villages.

Historic sites like Staigue Fort, explore the coastal cliffs at Kerry Cliffs, and experience the traditional Irish culture in towns like Killarney and Kenmare.

The cliffs of Moher are also an unmissable destination where you can see the breathtaking Irish coastline.


Ireland really is a special destination especially if you are coming from mainland Europe (or further afield) have never been before. Local people are very friendly and you really need to enjoy the local bars and restaurants for the full experience. Budget for around 50-100 Euros per day depending on what you want to do. Now go explore the Emerald Isle for yourself.