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Introducing Ireland

Make the most out of your trip to Ireland.
Ireland's influence on global pop culture is undeniable—it's the land of "40 Shades of Green" and Guinness beer, after all—but this little island off the west coast of Europe also holds centuries of history, creating a curious blend of old and new in one compact destination. The rugged southwest is any traveler's dream—think golden beaches, vertical rock cliff faces, and mountains hugging the coast—while the "Ancient East" is home to ruins dating back thousands of years. See the highlights in a few days, or take your time getting to know the many hues of the Emerald Isle.

When is the best time to visit?
Ireland is best visited between March and October. June, July, and August are the busiest months for international travel, due to the increased chance of dry weather. That said, rain isn't as persistent or frequent here as you might think—the Irish climate is actually quite mild, with average temperatures only changing by a few degrees from March to October. This makes it ideal for active travel, with world-class hiking and cycling throughout the country.

Where should you go in Ireland?
Southwest Ireland is a must for first-time visitors. Killarney, which sits on the eastern end of the Iveragh Peninsula, is a good jumping off point to explore the world-famous Ring of Kerry. It's also on the outskirts of Killarney National Park, a stunning natural landscape of 26,000 acres.

From here, you can take your pick from locations dotted all along the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile driving route running from Mizen Head in the southwest to Malin Head in the northwest. The west coast boasts the iconic Cliffs of Moher, charming towns, and traditional Irish music, while further north lies the bohemian city of Galway. Venture west from here and you'll get to boggy and mountainous Connemara, home to Irelands most unique landscapes.

How many days do I need?
Ireland may be small, but it's not a country to be rushed. If you only have a week, immersing yourself in one small region is the best way to see what makes the Irish tick—consider spending 2 nights in Dublin and taking a few days to explore the rural west coast. To experience multiple regions, you can easily fill 2 (or even 3!) weeks of well-spent travel. For an active trip, you might take a few days to relax in the countryside before a week of hiking or cycling on the west coast, followed by cultural exploration in one of Ireland's urban areas.

Ireland Travel Insights

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Hiking Ireland's Wild Atlantic Coast - 9 Days

Ireland at its best is wild and windswept and absolutely made for hiking. On this 9-day trip, you can go horseback riding on pristine beaches and walk the length of the Cliffs of Moher. Spend the night in cozy pubs and village guesthouses, visit lively Galway, and experience the unsurpassed beauty of the Emerald Isle.

Killarney National Park, Ireland
Ring of Kerry Self-Guided Cycling Tour - 8 Days

Explore the Emerald Isle's beauty and historic villages by bicycle on this 8-day trip. Mórchuaird Chiarraí (Ring of Kerry) is a 111-mile circular route on Ireland's southwestern coast, encompassing Muckross, Killarney National Park, and picturesque Kenmare. Discover local treasures as you cycle in and around the eastern part of the Iveragh Peninsula.

County Kerry, Ireland
Guided Kerry & Cork Walk - 8 Days

Walk the highlights on this trip around two spectacular regions of Ireland's southwest coast: County Kerry and County Cork. This 8-day itinerary will take you along the craggy cliffs and hidden coves formed by the wild Atlantic, to historic islands, and across lush, rolling hills. Enjoy the peaceful, pristine landscapes of this corner of the Emerald Isle.

Colors of Kinsale
Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days

Take travelers of all ages around the Emerald Isle with this week-long itinerary. You'll spend 7 days experiencing the highlights of Ireland from the seaside town of Kinsale to the Killarney Lakes, then up to Limerick to live like a lord of the manor and over the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands off the coast of County Clare.

Killarney harbor
Family Adventure in Ireland - 10 Days

Take a 10-day tour through some of the highlights of Ireland with travelers of all ages on this itinerary. Start in Dublin before heading down the coast to County Cork, where you'll bike through a medieval city and hear the haunted and natural history of Killarney. Experience a classical manor in Limerick, followed by the landscapes of the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and Aran Islands before you return to Dublin for 1 more full day of urban exploring.

Top Highlights of Ireland (and How to Do Them Differently)
Top Highlights of Ireland (and How to Do Them Differently)

From Dublin to the Giant's Causeway, what most newcomers know of Ireland—and what's actually possible here—are two different things. With a bit of curiosity, it's possible to enjoy the highlights of Ireland in a wholly unique way. Experience Ireland's best-loved cities and sights differently with these ideas, including a "black taxi" tour of Belfast and midnight kayaking on a bioluminescent lake.

Ireland Travel Maps

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Ring of Kerry Self-Guided Cycling Tour - 8 Days
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Guided Kerry & Cork Walk - 8 Days
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Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara Walk - 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Ireland
Travel specialist Dean Garrison
active 2 hours ago

Dean Garrison

My role as a Sales executive is to help my clients achieve what they are looking for in a holiday to Ireland. Whether that would be offering places to stay, providing a detail Itinerary outlining...

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Travel specialist Louise Kavanagh
active 3 hours ago

Louise Kavanagh

Ireland is so close to my heart and I am privileged to be born and live in such a unique, friendly, diverse, lively piece of heaven on earth. I love to travel and explore other corners of the world...

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Travel specialist Daniel Bradnam
active 7 mins ago

Daniel Bradnam

As someone who has been involved with travel for over 10 years, creating beautiful vacation itineraries is a true passion of mine. I was born and raised near Cambridge in England, I am proud to...

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Travel specialist Louise Lewis
active 4 hours ago

Louise Lewis

I enjoy everything connected to travel. As travelers, we all love to see new places, experience the culture, food, architecture and landscapes of a destination. But for me, a trip begins with the...

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Trip Reviews for Ireland

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Ireland itinerary, Ireland - Mar 11 - Mar 17, 2019

Traveler: Matthew F. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Travel advice was great. Walk Bike Hike was very friendly. Great B&B hosts.

Ireland sept 2018, Ireland - Sep 16 - Sep 22, 2018

Traveler: Catherine B. - Local specialist: Francis Hartnett

We had a wonderful time on our trip - we enjoyed the specific stops they suggested especially in Connamora. We had one logistical lodging issue and they were available by phone within 5 minutes on a Sunday afternoon to help figure it out. They resolved it right away and the rest of the trip went by without a hitch. It was a very special week getting to visit ireland, having the logistics taken care of and wonderful information to help figure out what we wanted to do each day. We had a great time!

Trip to ireland, Ireland - Aug 17 - Aug 22, 2018

Traveler: Renee A. - Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

I loved this company that I found through Kimkim - Ireland Walk Hike Bike.
I sent my dates, what I was going to do, and they arranged everything for me! They were so helpful for me as an independent traveler, and flexible with what I wanted to do, and available if I needed help. I was able to plan the travel between the cities I was visiting on my own (Belfast and Dublin), and they helped me figure out the hikes and transportation on the Dingle Penninsula. I was in wonderful bed and... read more

I loved this company that I found through Kimkim - Ireland Walk Hike Bike.
I sent my dates, what I was going to do, and they arranged everything for me! They were so helpful for me as an independent traveler, and flexible with what I wanted to do, and available if I needed help. I was able to plan the travel between the cities I was visiting on my own (Belfast and Dublin), and they helped me figure out the hikes and transportation on the Dingle Penninsula. I was in wonderful bed and breakfast accommodations and had great directions on my hike. The hikes were beautiful- especially the hike where I saw the Blanket Islands from high up - 20 km a day was a perfect distance when I just had a small backpack to carry with needed supplies. The prices was great, especially for the quality I received. I would like to book with this company again.

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Cycling Trip along the Irish Coast

Keen to see the cliffs of Moher, by bike, and some other day trips around the ring of Kerry. Keen to hire road bikes, & helmets, and do day trips if possible, and book accommodation around this. We are regular cyclists from Australia, who ride around 30 to...

Group of 3 friends visited Ireland in June 2018

Scenic Hikes in West/Northwest Ireland

I'd like go on scenic hikes in the west/northwest of Ireland. I'd like to spend 2 or 3 days at the same lodging. Hike/sightseeing during the day, then a good dinner each night. A mix of short and long hikes. No problem if I have to drive from site to...

Traveler looking to visit Ireland in September 2018

Road Trip of a Lifetime to Ireland

Beautiful countryside, historic sites, quaint hotels, walkability, luxurious but affordable, trip of a lifetime, elder friendly, explore cities, fun nightlife, delicious food, good beer, true irish experience, sexy irish brogues, premiere shopping, unknown...

Family of 4 visited Ireland in July 2018