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The famous cone-shaped Croagh Patrick Mountain
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FAQ about Ireland

We hope you find the below information useful, though please don't hesitate just to get in touch instead to find the answers to your questions, we'd always be glad to help.

If there's anything you think should be added that missing from below then please do let us know and we'll add it right away. Thank you.

Money in Ireland »

  • The currency in Ireland is The Euro
  • The cheapest, easiest and safest way of getting Euro is to use your debit card in any of the thousands of ATM's across Ireland. You get the best exchange rates and you can take out money as you need it.
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What is the time zone? »

  • Ireland is on GMT time, the same time as London.
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Cost of food and souvenirs »

  • To give you some idea of costs a lunch of soup and sandwich with tea/coffee would be about 8.00 to 10.00 Euros per person.
  • A pint of Guinness will range from about 5.50 Euro in Dublin to about 4.50 in Cork/Kerry.
  • A Gin & Tonic in a bar/pub would be about 7.00 Euro.
  • Souvenirs range from as little as 2.00 Euro for a postcard to 20.00 Euro for a Plate with Irish Blessing. Whatever is your fancy...
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What to wear »

  • Bring a good rain jacket. There can be rain showers on the Atlantic coast. The average temperature is 50 F. Not too hot and not too cold. Weather can be changeable but it's rarely extreme. For up to date weather forecasts please see met.ie
  • During the day as you tour around casual clothing is the order of the day. In the evenings in the hotel dining rooms and bars smart casual would be the norm. (If you wish to step it up a bit further for example in 5 Star Lough Eske Castle & 4 Star Ballynahich Castle you would not look out of place)
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What to bring »

  • You will need to bring a 220V 3 pronged adaptor to recharge your cell phones, cameras, laptops
  • Note: Most of the hotels have hairdryers
  • Most 4 star hotels offer complimentary wifi services
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Gratuities »

  • Ireland does not have a strong tipping culture. We only tip in restaurants, taxis and for personal services. All tips are at your discretion and are around 10%
  • Our Escorted Tours: At the end of the tour if you are extremely happy with the Driver-Guide (one person) which we know you will be then a gratuity of 80.00 Euro to 120.00 Euro per person would be considered an excellent tip
  • Our Private Tours: Please just ask us if you would like some guidance for what might be considered an excellent tip.
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Telephone »

  • Country code +353 followed by the area code, omit the initial zero For example, to call our office number:

    From an Irish land-line or mobile: 021 437 6600

    From an international number: +353 21 437 6600

    US/Canada dial 011 353 21 437 6600
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Driving in Ireland »

Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland drive on the left.

There are plenty of locations to hire cars in Ireland, including at all the airports. It is also often possible to hire the car from one location and return it to a different one.

The legal age to drive in Ireland is 17 yrs old.

From Dublin all the other major cities (Cork, Galway, Limerick & Belfast) are within a few hours drive, so Ireland is an easy country to self-drive. We would be very happy to arrange a self-drive tour of Ireland for you, suggesting routes & itineraries along with booking hotels and attractions for you.

Please note though if you are used to North American roads then you may find our Irish roads rather narrow and windy!

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Language »

English is the main language spoken.

There are many Irish speaking areas in the west of Ireland, where many people will have Irish as their first language. Indeed all children across the country are required to learn Irish at school. That said almost everyone who has Irish as a first language also speaks English.

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Drinking Age in Ireland »

The legal drinking age both in the Republic of Ireland and Nothern Ireland is 18 years.

Most places will accept either a passport or driving licence as acceptable forms of ID if you are lucky enough to look close to the legal age limit.

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Airports & Flights »

The Main Transatlantic airports are Dublin and Shannon.

There are also Airports in Belfast, Cork, Kerry and Knock (Ireland West Airport).

The Irish National Carrier is Aer Lingus, though many international airlines do transatlantic flights into Ireland.

For European flights then Ryanair and Aer Lingus are the main two, though again there are countless other airlines doing flights from Ireland to the rest of Europe.

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Ports & Ferries »

Irish Ferry Ports:

Where you can sail to:

Larne

Troon, Scotland - P&O Ferries
Cairnryan, Scotland - P&O Ferries

Belfast

Cairnryan, Scotland - Stenaline
Liverpool, England - Stenaline
Douglas, Isle of Man (seasonal) - Steam Packet

Dublin

Liverpool, England - P&O Ferries
Holyhead, Wales - Irish Ferries & Stenaline
Cherbourg, France (seasonal) - Irish Ferries
Douglas, Isle of Man (seasonal) - Steam Packet

Rosslare

Fishguard, Wales - Stenaline
Pembroke, Wales - Irish Ferries
Cherbourg, France - Irish Ferriesand Stena Line Ferries
Roscoff, France (seasonal) - Irish Ferries

Cork

Roscoff, France (seasonal) - Brittany Ferries

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