Ireland Travel Guides

Ireland Travel Guides

Céad Míle Fáilte – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Ireland

Ireland Travel Guides

Ireland is an island nation that sits on the westernmost edge of Europe. From lush expanses of green in every hue and shade to rough rugged landscapes strewn with ruins of castles and abbeys.

11.3 million tourists were travelling in Ireland in 2019, naturally, during the past few years this has dropped somewhat but now Ireland is open for tourists again. Personally, I was born in Ireland and lived here in Donegal for 5 years now. My family left Ireland for Canada when I was 9 years old but over the years I have made many a trip to Ireland until I returned to live here.

Why should you travel to Ireland? Ireland is a land of myth and mystery, ancient sites, ruined haunted castles, spectacular scenery, the Wild Atlantic Way Ireland’s Ancient East – I have 101 reasons to visit Ireland and could probably think of thousands of things to travel Ireland for.

Ireland Travel Guides

Separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea, the North Sea and St. George’s Channel this island is divided into two distinct countries. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which is independent.

Ulster has nine counties, six of which are in Northern Ireland. These include Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. The remaining three are in the Republic of Ireland and they are Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan.

The 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

Ireland travel guides - a map of the counties of the Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union while the United Kingdom is a former member, having both acceded to its precursor entity, the European Economic Community (EEC), in 1973, and as a consequence, there is free movement of people, goods, services and capital across the border.

Regardless of Brexit, anyone born in the United Kingdom and on the island of Ireland (north or the republic) has freedom of movement within the UK. This means that if you are born in England for example you can move to Ireland any time you want and live there without requiring visas or permission to stay.

Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy based on the British model, with a written constitution and a popularly elected president whose role is mostly ceremonial. The government is headed by a prime minister, the Taoiseach, who is appointed by the President on the nomination of the Lower House of Parliament, the Dáil.

Members of the government are chosen from both the Dáil and the upper house of parliament, the Seanad. Its capital is Dublin. The currency used in the ROI is the euro, no passport or border checks for individuals or tourists visiting the ROI or Northern Ireland are required.

My Ireland Travel Guides

Planning your trip to Ireland? Start with these essential posts filled with the answers to all the questions you likely have as you begin your research into visiting the Republic of Ireland.

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Ireland Travel Guides

There is more to Ireland than Dublin. The surrounding rural landscapes of Ireland offer neolithic sites, ruined castles, stunning landscapes and all those shades of green that gave Ireland its Emerald Isle name. I’ve written over 100 posts on Ireland including many on where I live in Donegal. If you are searching for something specific just type it into the search box above to find.

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Unique Gifts from Ireland – 32 of the best souvenirs of Ireland
Irish Soda Farls - traditional Irish flatbread served with jam
Irish soda bread history
Irish Potato cakes aka Irish Boxty
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A Traditional Irish Breakfast – the lush full Irish breakfast
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Ultimate guide to Glendalough Ireland’s ancient monastic heritage
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The Irish Celtic Cross – an iconic symbol of Ireland
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148 National Dishes of countries around the world
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The perfect Ireland and Scotland Itinerary
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Essential guide to renting a car in Ireland
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One week in Ireland a road trip – Dublin to Athlone
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Ireland’s Ancient East – an epic road trip
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The Top 24 Vikings UK locations to visit
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15 tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
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Famous Irish saints
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Irish Folklore
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Irish Witches – famous Celtic witches
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Ancient Ireland 30 sacred places
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All the best Restaurants in Donegal Town
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Where to find Ogham Stones in Ireland
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Game of Thrones Doors Northern Ireland
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Essential guide to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
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Epic Game of Thrones Ireland road trip
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34 Great things to do in Dublin Ireland
Christmas in Ireland a beautifully lit up and sparkling Xmas Tree outside in the town square
Irish Christmas Traditions
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Christmas in Belfast how to spend a fabulous holiday here
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The best things to do in Dublin for an Irish Christmas
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Halloween in Ireland 18 perfect ways to celebrate Samhain
Scenic roads on Dingle Peninsula in Ireland
Top 10 tips for driving in Ireland
Seaport Village of Cobh, Ireland
The Perfect Ireland Road Trip Itinerary
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Where is Vikings Filmed? All the Irish filming locations for Netflix new series – Vikings Valhalla
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How do I get an EU Passport and EU Citizenship?
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Carrick-a-rede rope bridge
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Swiss Cottage Ireland
the Hill of Tara in Ireland a drone view of the area
Mystical Hill of Tara Ireland
Mellifont Abbey
Majestic Mellifont Abbey and the legend of Ireland’s Helen of Troy
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Visiting Bective Abbey
An ancient stone circle at Dombeg in County Cork in the southern part of Ireland. Stone circles were characteristic of the Bronze Age Celtic culture. Stone circles were often used for astronomical purposes although some believe that they might have been burial tombs.
101 Landmarks in Ireland to see
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101 Landmarks in Northern Ireland
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Stone Circles in Ireland
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Westport Ireland – home of the Pirate Queen
Medieval castle in Carrickfergus near Belfast
Carrickfergus Castle
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Kells Priory exploring an evocative Irish ruin
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Visiting Jerpoint Abbey Kilkenny
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Killybegs County Donegal Ireland
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Cahir Castle Ireland the best-preserved medieval castle Tipperary
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A Complete 2 Days in Dublin Itinerary
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Ultimate Wild Atlantic Way Route
Old Galway city street,Kerwan's Lane,decorated with christmas lights,night scene
27 Things to do in Galway in 2 days
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Exploring St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny
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Perfect traditional Irish cottages for your holiday
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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
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Dunluce Castle Ireland – a romantic Irish ruin
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24 of Ireland’s best beaches from coast to coast
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Things to do in Cobh
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The Kilkee Cliffs Ireland’s hidden secret
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15 Dublin Don’ts – a little bit of Irish craic for you
the Hill of Tara in Ireland a drone view of the area
37 Fascinating things to do in Meath
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Where to eat in Dublin | from Vegan to Michelin for foodies
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Exploring the Burren
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Wicklow Mountains Road Trip
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Ulster American Folk Park a step back in time
photo of R2D2 and C3Pio at the newly named R2D2 road in Ireland
May the 4th be with you – Celebrating all things Star Wars in Ireland
Clew Bay Ireland
Magical Things to Do in Mayo
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Women’s Christmas Ireland – Nollaig na mBan
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Your guide on taking a ferry from Ireland to France
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The Best Glamping in Ireland
Harry Blaney Bridge located in Co. Donegal Ireland
36 Islands of Ireland – the ultimate guide
car rental in ireland can be a nightmare picture of Ben Bulben
Sensational Sligo – Things to do in Sligo Ireland
Derry girls mural
60 Best Northern Ireland tourist attractions
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Best tips on visiting the awesome Newgrange Tombs in Ireland
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Moving to Ireland the ultimate guide
Glenveagh Castle, Donegal in Northern Ireland. Beautiful park and garden in Glenveagh National Park, second largest park of the country. Gleann Bheatha in Irish language.
Irish bucket list 39 awesome things to do in Ireland
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Celtic Symbols and getting a tattoo in Ireland
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How to visit Monasterboice the finest High Crosses in Ireland
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Choctaw Nation and the Irish Famine a story of immense generosity
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The Giant’s Causeway Tour how to visit for free
Dunamase on your Irish bucket list
The Rock of Dunamase – visiting these magnificent ruins
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Kilkenny Castle Ireland one of the world’s most beautiful
Kilkenny Castle and gardens in the evening. It is one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland
The Ultimate List of awesome things to do in Kilkenny, Ireland
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7 days in Ireland
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Finding Irish Fairies and fairy gardens in Ireland
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35 of the Coolest & Unique Places To Stay In Ireland
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Lough Eske Castle Hotel Donegal a beautiful place to rest
rathlin island ruins Ireland bucket list
Rathlin Island – the ultimate what to do on Rathlin Island guide 
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEB 15, 2014: Pints of beer are served at the Guinness Brewery on Feb 15, 2014. The brewery where 2.5 million pints of stout are brewed daily was founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759.
20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic
Glenveagh Castle, Donegal in Northern Ireland. Beautiful park and garden in Glenveagh National Park, second largest park of the country. Gleann Bheatha in Irish language.
46 Fantastic things to do in Donegal Ireland
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All the best things to do in Killarney
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Planning a dream trip to Ireland? Everything you need to know
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55+ of the Best Irish Movies to watch before you visit Ireland
Glens of Antrim
The 9 Glens of Antrim Ireland an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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13 Tourist traps in Ireland and their alternatives
Best Day trips from Dublin – Land of 5000 Dawns
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What is an Ireland Heritage Card & should I buy one?
The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, a historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland.
Ultimate guide of 29 things to do in Tipperary
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Dublin Airport tips & tricks from a local
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The Magnificent Rock of Cashel Ireland
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Things to do in Derry the ultimate guide
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Portavogie Ards Peninsula N. Ireland
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Irish distilleries – 23 tours and tastes
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Traditional Irish food 25 of the most popular Irish dishes

Things to do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is also home to some of Irelands’ most stunning landscapes, from the Causeway Coast to the Glens of Antrim and including all the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Ireland Travel Guides
Unique Gifts from Ireland – 32 of the best souvenirs of Ireland
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The Irish Celtic Cross – an iconic symbol of Ireland
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Essential guide to renting a car in Ireland
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The Top 24 Vikings UK locations to visit
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Irish Folklore
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Ancient Ireland 30 sacred places
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Where to find Ogham Stones in Ireland
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Game of Thrones Doors Northern Ireland
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Epic Game of Thrones Ireland road trip
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Christmas in Belfast how to spend a fabulous holiday here
Seaport Village of Cobh, Ireland
The Perfect Ireland Road Trip Itinerary
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Carrick-a-rede rope bridge
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101 Landmarks in Northern Ireland
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Stone Circles in Ireland
Medieval castle in Carrickfergus near Belfast
Carrickfergus Castle
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Perfect traditional Irish cottages for your holiday
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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
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Dunluce Castle Ireland – a romantic Irish ruin
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Ulster American Folk Park a step back in time
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The Best Glamping in Ireland
Harry Blaney Bridge located in Co. Donegal Ireland
36 Islands of Ireland – the ultimate guide
Derry girls mural
60 Best Northern Ireland tourist attractions
Glenveagh Castle, Donegal in Northern Ireland. Beautiful park and garden in Glenveagh National Park, second largest park of the country. Gleann Bheatha in Irish language.
Irish bucket list 39 awesome things to do in Ireland
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Celtic Symbols and getting a tattoo in Ireland
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The Giant’s Causeway Tour how to visit for free
rathlin island ruins Ireland bucket list
Rathlin Island – the ultimate what to do on Rathlin Island guide 
Glens of Antrim
The 9 Glens of Antrim Ireland an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Things to do in Derry the ultimate guide
things to do in Belfast
44 of the best things to do in Belfast
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The best places to find Atlantic puffins in Ireland
View of The Stairway to Heaven at Cuilcagh mountain from the top
Ultimate Guide to Stairway to Heaven, Ireland (2022)
A small fishing harbour in Clew Bay, near Westport in County Mayo, Ireland
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip Itinerary in 14 days
tips for travel to Ireland the Dark Hedges
Why stay at Abbey Movie House in Ballycastle N. Ireland?
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What is the best Causeway Coastal Route Itinerary?
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Viewing the Game of Thrones Tapestry in Belfast Ireland
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