The Irish have a passion for walking and the outdoors, making Ireland a favorite destination for the active vacationer. Whether you want to hike up the Hill of Tara or explore the natural beauty of Killarney National Park, Ireland is filled with places to see and outdoor activities to pursue. Spelunking has also become more popular in recent years. To get the most out of your Ireland vacation, there are a few simple things to keep in mind.
Peak Tourist Season
The peak tourist season in Ireland is late June to August, when the weather is mild and comfortable. This means that the price of airfare and hotels will be higher, so if you are traveling on a budget, you might want to visit in the spring or fall instead.
In addition to hotels and bead and breakfasts, you may want to consider staying in an RV park (called a caravan park), campsite, manor house or even a castle.
Ireland has thousands of miles of coastline, and many of these beaches are truly stunning. Look for beaches with a "Blue Flag" rating, which means that are clean, have environmentally protected water and are very safe.
Killarney National Park
Southwest of Killarney is the Killarney National Park, home to the highest mountains in Ireland as well as lakes and woodlands populated by native red deer.
Perhaps best known abroad for the sweaters that bear their name, the Aran Islands are home to stunning cliffs, quiet beaches and archeological sites of interest.