If you’re like me, you think about green hills and sheep or Guinness and the odd scene from Game of Thrones when you imagine Ireland. What’s more, you possibly romanticize over images of isolated cottages, ancient stone walls and the wild, rugged coastline in the west of Ireland.
The truth is, this island is one of the few places that actually lives up to its reputation. That is to say, you should find all of the above on your trip and the overall Ireland experience is usually as big and bold and beautiful as what the imagination can conjure up. This tiny island in the Atlantic has an immense number of attractions and innumerable things to see, for such small destination.
Although Dublin, Galway and Belfast are deserving of their reputation, it must be said that the most memorable and authentic encounters are found in rural areas. Now, that’s not to say you should avoid any of these cities altogether, as Dublin, in particular is most definitely worth the visit.
As you may know, we're a big fan of the outdoors and Ireland is perfectly positioned as an outdoor destination. From hiking trails and mountains to National Parks and remote islands, there are many opportunities to get outdoors, all over the island. However, you can only do so much and for this reason, we recommend just a couple days in the capital and then spending the most part of your trip travelling between the major attractions that you will find dotted around the island.
THE BEST TIME TO GO
If you want to pay peak season prices and get stuck behind the crowds, July and August are the best months to visit Ireland. However, if you want our advice, choose May, June or even September. It’s true that the weather is slightly less reliable but the shoulder months offer a much better experience with lower prices, fewer crowds and just as much opportunity to see everything as planned.