How to Make a Memorable Trip to Ireland


Ireland is a gorgeous country with a melting pot of cultures, histories and traditions. As someone who married an Irish man, I can attest at how beautiful this country really is! My husband's family actually comes from Roscommon, Ireland and his distant family owns a horse farm.

While the weather might be a little dull at times, the scenery, architecture and attractions are definitely not. One moment you could be sipping a coffee in a picturesque market town and the next you could be enjoying the hustle and bustle of a major city.

To ensure you have an unforgettable experience, here are some top tips on how to plan a trip to Ireland.

The Best Time to Visit 

While you’re free to visit Ireland at any point in the year, you’d be wise to time your trip between June to August to potentially enjoy some summer sun. While you might be lucky to experience some brighter days between April to May or September to October. I personally think that going to Ireland in the fall is one of the most beautiful times to go!

What to Pack 

The Irish weather can be rather unpredictable, which is why you would be smart to pack a variety of clothing to suit different temperatures and weather conditions. One moment it might be sunny and the next it could rain, so always take extra layers to protect yourself from the elements.

Where to Go 

While bustling Dublin is often at the top of most travelers’ bucket lists, you shouldn’t be afraid to venture away from the capital to enjoy a true taste of Ireland. For example, few destinations are more beautiful than the Cliffs of Moher or Connemara.

The Aran Islands are beautiful and peaceful if you just need to get away and Killarney National Park is one place not to miss if you love nature and exploring. Don’t overlook Belfast, Northern Ireland, either, as it is a top destination for those who want to learn more about RMS Titanic.

If, however, you want to soak up the tranquility of a beautiful quaint town, you can Galway which has a bohemian vibe to it. Here creativity and craft is celebrated in this gaelic speaking village. 

What to Eat 

Ireland isn't as famous for food as some other countries however, there are some delicious dishes on many restaurant menus in Dublin restaurants you won’t want to miss.

For example, you can treat yourself to:

  • Irish Stew – a traditional dinner you’ll find at many restaurants and pubs. 
  • Colcannon – the ultimate Irish comfort food which consists of mashed potatoes combined with cabbage and butter. 
  • Boxty – a potato pancake which is usually topped with eggs.
  • Coddle – a delicious one pot stew usually cooked in a crockpot after a long week.

Visa Requirements 

In many cases, you will not require a visa to enter Ireland for a stay of up to six months, and this applies to both EU citizens and citizens from Non-EU member states. However, Asian citizens will need to apply for a visa in advance and can stay for no longer than six months. If you’re visiting Ireland for longer than six months, you’ll need to apply for a study or work visa.

Who knows, you might end up liking the Ireland so much that you will want to stay!