2019 Ireland Travel Tips | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 63

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Planning to visit Ireland in 2019? Ireland travel tips you need to make your vacation a success.

2019 Ireland Travel Tips from Ireland Family Vacations

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2019 Ireland Travel Tips You Need To Know

(2:05) Check Your Passport

Make sure your passport is valid for at least the duration of your trip, but preferably 6 months from the date of arrival. 

While most visitors can stay in Ireland up to 90 days with no visa, there have been cases of visitors turned away if their passport expires during their travel period or shortly after.

Read: Paperwork & Passports: What You Need to Visit Ireland

(2:50) Book Your Accommodations in Advance

It used to be that you could land in Ireland and let the road lead you to your nightly lodging. That has become more difficult as Ireland’s tourism numbers have increased dramatically (nearly 10 million visitors in 2018!!). 

If you are traveling from June thru September be sure to book every night in advance.

If you want to stay in a castle or manor book in advance – some of these are almost filled for summer 2019!

Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

All other times book at least your first and last night’s accommodation in advance. 

Read the Quick Guide to Ireland Vacation Lodging

(4:46) Reserve Your Car in Advance

Not only will you pay more to book your car the day you land- especially at an airport!- but if you need an automatic transmission you must book that in advance of your visit.

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Even manual transmission vehicles can sell out during the busiest travel times. I have personally seen people turned away from multiple car rental counters as there were no cars available that day. 

Read: Everything You Need to Know About Car Rental in Ireland

(6:30) Follow the Road Less Traveled

In episode 56 I shared the most, and least, popular destinations in Ireland. While many of the marquee sites are popular for a reason, those sites can get so busy and so crowded that you can be overwhelmed during your visit. And not in a good way.

Memorial cross in The Lost Valley of County Mayo. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com

Listen to the Most Popular Destinations in Ireland podcast episode to get tips on alternates to Ireland’s most popular sites, as well as tips for visiting those ‘must see’ sites.

(8:50) Use a Driver Guide

If you don’t want to drive but want to explore more than the limited train service will allow, hire a driver guide.

I have used, and highly recommend Ireland Chauffeur Travel. Their guides are certified by Failte Ireland (that’s the Irish tourism board), the vehicles are comfortable and well maintained, and the drivers are very personable and know their country. 

It’s the most relaxing way to travel through Ireland! 

Contact my personal consultant Michelle Lee – michelle@irelandchauffeurtravel.com -to get a quote for your Ireland vacation. And be sure to use code IRFV2018 to save 5% and receive a hamper of picnic goodies to enjoy during your trip.

(10:50) Travel with Me

I am currently putting together a small group tour for September 2019. Duration of the tour would be 10 days and cost (TBD) would include accommodation, transportation, most entry fees, and some meals. Flights are not included. 

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(11:50) 3 Places to Add to Your Ireland Itinerary

As recommended by my family!

Murphy’s Ice Cream – this was recommended by my youngest and I heartily agree! Ice cream made with fresh, local ingredients with tasty, and sometimes surprising, flavors. My favorite is the Caramelized Brown Bread. Founded in Dingle, County Kerry, but you’ll find stores in Dublin, Kilkenny city, Killarney, and Galway city.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel – my eldest daughter recalls our stay here as ‘out of the way’ and ‘really nice’. I remember it as one of the most relaxing hotel stays I’ve had in all of Ireland. Located just outside Donegal town, the castle was a shell just 10 years ago. Complete restoration of the public rooms resulted in a traditional feel, while the castle rooms are spacious and very welcoming. 

Falconry at Adare Country Pursuits – though we have had a few great falconry experiences in Ireland, my husband chose our falconry experience at Adare Country Pursuits at Adare Manor as the most thorough. Not only did we fly Harris Hawks, but we also had a chance to learn about and handle owls, eagles, and falcons. Willie and Liam Forde and their team of falconers are outstanding.

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