Map of Ireland
Praised and romanticized in literature for centuries upon centuries, visitors to Ireland are often met with the breathtaking beauty of the Irish countryside that far exceeds even their highest expectations. With populations spread throughout the country somewhat in patches that are as varied as one-street town to big cities such as Dublin, there is room for culture shock as you go from place to place within the one country. It is said that there is a rainbow every single day in Ireland, and you are always about a half hour's drive to the ocean with picturesque scenes along the way no matter where you go on the land.
Some certain places not to miss in Ireland include: Mount Errigal, the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin City, the traditional Irish music sessions often in the streets of Galway City, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Custom House in Dublin, Lismore Castle, Rock of Cashel, and the Torc Waterfall. Also a sight to behold is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Burren, in Co. Clare.
The city of Belfast in Ireland is rich in history (the Titanic was built there) as being a boomtown when shipbuilding and linen were major industries; now it is known for being in great historical transition as many work hard for peace to be established. It is a city that is building and moving forward, and fascinating to see in transition.
Another city that is a must is Dublin. It's a college city in many ways, with the youth of Ireland flocking there for the many universities. It's also a place with booming businesses and captivating museums and parks. It has an astonishing 1,000 pubs as well!
Rich in myth and lending customs that reach out to the rest of the world that are far more telling of the country than only St. Patrick's Day, pop culture sensations, such as Riverdance, celebrate Irish dancing with enthusiastic shows that are constant sell-outs. Irish singers and dancers and artists have made their mark all over the world, and, when you come to Ireland, the culture of the artistic worlds here are sure to grab you as well. You might even join in some traditional music making at a local pub.
The food choices in Ireland are very diverse, but be sure to reach right into the trying of local fare on your visit.
Country Map of Ireland
Here's a clever trip tip: Buy your street and highway maps for Ireland before you depart. With a map, atlas, street guide or excursion guide in hand, you'll be able to know where you're going before you get there! Rather than spending precious vacation time hunting down a store that sells maps and then trying to figure out where things are, we think Trektools can get your Irish vacation off on the right foot. They've got more maps than you could possibly find at most Irish bookstores and you won't have to start your trip by being lost.
Speaking of planning ahead, you can't beat the convenience and security of having a cellular phone for Ireland with an Irish phone number. Imagine having the benefits of local cellular service such as low rates and unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world—any time of day or night—just like one of the locals! Cellular Abroad offers prepaid rental phones for Ireland as well as our Talk Abroad rental—a prepaid international roaming phone—good for use on multi-country trips. (The Talk Abroad™ offers free incoming calls in over 99 countries!) You can also purchase an Ireland phone and SIM card package for better value on long trips (or if you or a friend are frequent overseas travellers). Of course, you can also buy a Talk Abroad™ international roaming phone and SIM card bundles. Finally, if you already own an unlocked GSM world phone, you can pick up an Ireland SIM card or Talk Abroad SIM. Either way, you'll be able to give out a European number to friends, family and colleagues back home before you leave. To learn more about GSM phones, prepaid SIM cards and how they can both save you a lot of money and keep you connected while you're abroad, go to our Start Here page or check out our FAQs.
For more Ireland trip-planning resources, visit our Ireland hotels, Ireland car rentals and Ireland Cellular Information pages. Here is a Euro to US Dollar converter.