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What to Eat in Ireland

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What to Know Before You Travel to Ireland

Currency: Euro (EUR, €)

Time Zone: London GMT +0

Capital City: Dublin

Language: Irish Gaelic and English

Power Outlets: European 230V

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What currency does Ireland use?

Ireland uses the euro (€) as its official currency. Adopted in 2002, the euro replaced the Irish pound (punt), which was the currency previously used Ireland. Euro denominations range from 1 cent to €500. Currency exchange is readily available across Ireland, facilitating seamless transactions from your home currency to euros.

When is the best time to visit Ireland?

The best time to visit Ireland is typically from May to September, encompassing the spring, summer, and early autumn months. May offers pleasant weather with blooming landscapes, while September boasts mild temperatures and fewer crowds. March can be chilly, but it's ideal for experiencing St. Patrick's Day festivities. Overall, Insight Vacations 'Business Class' tours provide the best opportunities to explore Ireland's stunning scenery and vibrant culture, no matter which time of year you decide to visit.

Do you tip in Ireland?

In Ireland, tipping is appreciated but not always expected. When travelling with Insight Vacations, certain tips and gratuities are included in your tour package. Baggage handling at hotels, service charges and tips for hotel waiting staff (for included meals) will be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are however a few instances where individual tipping is welcome, such as tipping your tour guides in Ireland, showing appreciation to local hosts, hotel services and when you're exploring restaurants on your own.

What to do in Ireland?

In Dublin, you'll delve into history at the EPIC Museum or savour a pint at the iconic Guinness Brewery and don't miss the Jameson Distillery for a taste of Ireland's whiskey heritage. Journey to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher on the west coast, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. For nature enthusiasts, Killarney National Park in County Kerry beckons with its serene lakes and lush landscapes. In Cork, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by exploring its charming streets.

What food is Ireland known for?

Traditional Irish dishes like Irish stew, made with tender meat and vegetables, and served with crusty bread, showcase the country's rustic charm. Irish soda bread, a staple at every table, pairs perfectly with butter and preserves. Irish Ulster fry, featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, and potato farls, is a hearty breakfast favourite. Irish white pudding, made with oatmeal, suet, and spices, is a savoury delicacy. With so many hearty options, you can rest assured that Insight Vacations Exceptional Dining will delight the palate.

What to pack for a trip to Ireland?

When packing for a trip to Ireland, prioritize essentials such as warm jumpers and waterproof clothes including trousers and a jacket to stay dry during unexpected showers and lightweight layers for versatility on cool days. Pack practical footwear to provide comfort while walking and exploring. Remember your Ireland travel packing list should also include any personal necessities and adaptability for Ireland's varying climates.

What are some traditions in Ireland?

Ireland is rich in cultural traditions celebrated throughout the year. St. Patrick's Day sees festivities worldwide, with parades and wearing green as symbols of Irish pride. Christmas traditions include decorating homes with holly and ivy, and attending Midnight Mass. Irish Halloween traditions feature activities like bonfires, apple bobbing, and dressing up in costumes. Live music sessions in pubs are a cherished tradition, showcasing popular traditional Irish celtic music.

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