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How to Plan a Trip to Ireland: Frequently Asked Questions

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16th century Doonagore castle on the wild atlantic coast in County Clare, Ireland

Doonagore Castle, County Clare, Ireland

Home to breathtaking scenery and captivating stories, a mosaic of Celtic traditions, and surprising Viking heritage, Ireland is a cultural well where Victorian charm meets contemporary life.

Whether interested in golfing in the greenery or sailing along the coast, following the folklore, or traipsing through the wild landscape, the cityscapes and rural beauty provide timeless charm for immersive experiences. Find the information you need to experience your perfect Ireland trip here.

Is Ireland open for travel?

Last Reviewed: September 15, 2021

Ireland is open to American travelers. Travelers are welcome to visit Ireland with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery in the past 180 days before arrival. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to travel with a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel unless they have proof of vaccination or recovery.

Unvaccinated travelers may enter with proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and must quarantine for 14 days. Children of any age traveling with vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine, but all children must also self-quarantine if one adult needs to.

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What should I do when visiting Ireland?

Zicasso has worked with our Ireland travel specialists to find the best destinations for any length of trip. While every customizable Zicasso trip is different, the following suggestions act as great guidelines. Below is a short list of the must-see destinations, along with the various experiences you can enjoy while traveling through Ireland.

Dublin | Cork | Kerry | Dingle | Limerick | Galway | Donegal

  • Uncover true Irish traditions by discovering customary ingredients in pubs, bakeries, and chocolate shops
  • Celebrate the layered notes of apple, pear, and vanilla when sampling traditional Jameson whiskey
  • Discover Trinity College for a sense of Dublin’s time as the British Empire’s second city
  • Witness the elegant Georgian architecture that surrounds the 22 acres of St. Stephen’s Green’s flower beds, grasses, duck pond and ornate fountain
  • Experience the sweeping winds and breathtaking heights of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Take part in a private falconry lesson to learn the evolution of the tradition
  • Embrace the marvelous diversity of the Ring of Kerry with a private driver

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When is the best time to visit Ireland?

The best time to visit Ireland is between April and May or from September to October. These months reflect shoulder travel season and when Ireland receives long hours of daylight.

March and around the holidays in December can be festive, but the sun also sets around 3:45pm, making it difficult to see as much. During late spring, summer and early fall, daylight can last until approximately 10pm.

The climate in Ireland varies. Sunny weather rarely lasts beyond mid-October. Winter is the low travel season because of the weather and the short daylight hours. The climate is rather cool along the coastline, plains, and foothills, while the mountains and plateaus can reach very cold temperatures.

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Is Ireland safe for travel?

Ireland is very safe for travelers. You should always keep an eagle eye on your belongings when in crowded destinations, but your overall safety in Ireland is never a concern. Ireland does have a reputation for rowdy football matches within major cities, but otherwise, locals keep a safe environment with a welcoming ambiance.

Which airports should I be looking at?

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Dublin (DUB), followed by Shannon (SNN). The busiest airports in Ireland include:

  • Dublin (DUB)
  • Cork (ORK)
  • Shannon (SNN)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Plan Your Trip to Ireland?

Effortlessly enchanting, Ireland is a treasure trove of culture and folklore, luxury and beauty. From the dramatic seaside cliffs to storybook castles, emerald rolling hills to welcoming traditional pubs, Ireland is a destination where charm, history and contemporary culture combine. Ireland Tours & Vacation has sample itineraries that can help inspire your trip. Zicasso’s Ireland Travel Guide has more helpful information and tips to help you start planning. Speak to an Ireland travel specialist for free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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