Country of Guiness and charming people!
General aspects of Ireland
Currency: Euro (EUR) since 1999
The capital: Dublin
Population: 4, 78 million
Main religion: Christianity
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Ireland is the number 12 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: Easy and safe. During the day and during the night it is safe for a solo female traveler. Irish people are welcoming and charming. Irish people love drinking beer and you will always be welcome to their parties!
In Ireland, the climate is usually mild, there are not many thermal oscillations. The environment is humid and rainfall is present throughout the year. The rains are usually moderate and light, especially in the east of the country. Moreover, the Atlantic storms make the western part of the country more humid and cause more intense rains.
Temperatures are milder on the coast than in the interior, here, summers are warmer and winters are colder than near the sea. Although temperatures usually drop below zero in winter, it is rare to find snow, except in the north of the island. In general, temperatures do not usually fall below -5 ° C (23 ºF) in winter and it is difficult to exceed 25⁰C (77 ºF) in summer.
Ireland is a great place for backpackers, especially its capital, Dublin. In Dublin, you will find a great variety of hostels for prices from 15 $ to 23 $/night.
Are you looking to stay in the capital in a private room with your own toilet? Then, prices will increase up until 60 $ approximately.
When you walk away from the capital, prices will fall down until 12 $ for a shared room and 30 $ for a private one. Although it is cheaper than in the capital, there is not that variety of hostels and on budget accommodation than there is in Dublin.
During my trip to Ireland, I spent only 2 days in Dublin, the rest was a road trip around the country. I would recommend visiting the small towns around the country, they are all beautiful and also, your trip will be much cheaper.
The main airports in Ireland are Cork Airport, Kerry Airport, and Dublin Airport. Being this last one the one with more international flights inside and outside Europe. Internal flights are not cheap.
In terms of public and cheap transport, Ireland is one of the most developed countries. Buses and trains are on the scope of everyone.
The bus connects almost every city of Ireland; with the best-known bus company, “Translink”, you will discover offers with very low travel prices. They are also very punctual and the conditions of the bus are perfect. If you are traveling on a budget this is your mean of transport! Tickets for a 3-hour drive are approximately 15 $.
Traveling by train is also an option for budget travelers, prices are low and accessible for everyone. With Irish rail, you will find many options for the connections between cities. NI Railways is the most popular railway company in the north of the country. If you are planning to travel to the north, you will probably find better options and prices with this company. Tickets for a 3-hour trip are around 25$.
Renting a car
Obviously the most flexible option to travel around Ireland is by renting a car. This option is not the cheapest. If I were you, being in a country with these public transport possibilities I would rather spend that extra money on beer!!
I can’t finish without saying that this country is a paradise for doing hitch-hiking without any problem! Feel free Nomadics!
Most typical dishes in Ireland are:
- Beef and Guinness stew: the most traditional national meal. Beef stew with a touch of Guinness beer. Do not miss it!
- Fish and chips, as its name indicates is fried fish with chips. You can find this in every Irish restaurant for around 15$, but there are numerous street carts where you can buy it for only 8 $.
- Irish breakfasts: famous breakfast all around the world composed of bacon, sausages, eggs, beans, roasted tomato, and blood sausage. Good breakfast to start a crazy new day in Ireland!
- Typical beer from Ireland, the Guinness: Spend a night on an Irish bar with its people, live music and this incredible beer!
5 things to do in Ireland
Visit the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located about 90 minutes south of Galway or 3 hours from Dublin on Ireland’s west coast, in County Clare. Probably the most famous stop on a scenic driving route called the Wild Atlantic Way. The cliffs range in height from 119 m to 214 m high. They are home to over 30,000 birds, including colonies of Atlantic puffin that usually makes its appearance in late March.
Although it is very touristic, there is plenty of space to enjoy in this area of the country.
The paradise for surfers in Ireland. The most popular surf spot in Bundoran – and the favorite spot for experienced surfers is known as “The Peak” . Do not forget your neoprene suit, the water is very cold!!
The Temple bar
The party paradise for backpackers! If you are looking to meet new people and have a great time, come to this area in the city of Dublin. There is a very famous and crowded bar with this name.
It can be an incredible experience if you are the type of traveler that enjoys nature! Easily visible from the coast of Counties Galway and Clare, the rocky, wind-buffeted Aran Islands have a special beauty that draws countless day-trippers.
Do not come here if you are scared of the heights! This is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede. It spans 20 meters and it is 30 meters above the rocks.