Tips on Vacationing in Ireland

Tips on Vacationing in Ireland
Ireland is a great vacation destination for travelers in search of a rugged adventure. From hiking and walking tours to golf and sailing, Ireland has a number of recreational activities for kids and adults alike. With a variety of accommodation options, vacationers can even plan their recreational interests around their lodging.

Currency

When travelling in Ireland currency must be considered. Use the Pound Sterling when travelling in Northern Ireland, and the euro when travelling in the Republic of Ireland. If travelling back and forth between the two for hiking or commercial tours for example, change your currency in shops, gas stations, bureaux de change and banks. While notes issued from banks may vary slightly depending on the financial institution, all coins are the same regardless of the issuer. These variations are common and will not render your notes defective. Universal credit cards with the MasterCard and Visa logo are accepted in most locations around the world including Ireland.

Electricity

When taking electrical equipment like pumps for water sports equipment, electrical razors, small radios, alarm clocks, phone chargers, hot water dispensers, hair dryers or laptops, make sure to bring an adapter. Electricity is 220V in Ireland and flat three-pin plugs are used, according to My Guide Ireland. While adapters can be purchased in electrical shops, travelers in remote or rural areas (including farmhouses and castles) may have a difficult time finding an electrical shop that sells North American adapters.

Finding Accommodation

With a variety of accommodation options, you can stay in a hotel, manor house, castle or farm house depending on your budget. Popular resort and transient hotels can be found across Ireland, but in especially high numbers in larger cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway. Manor houses are ideal for travelers wanting to experience the rich history and culture of Ireland. According to Irish Tourism, Dunbrody House, a 1830s Georgian manor, is the ancestral home of the Chichester Family. Located two hours from Dublin and Cork International Airports, the manor house is equipped with radio, satellite or cable TV and Voltage 240 V. Castles are also a popular choice among travelers. The Gregans Castle Hotel is located in the wilderness at the foot of the Corkscrew Hill. With a bar and dining rooms, guests can experience fresh local foods and beverages. Travelers in search of accommodation on a budget may opt for a farm house, which can be found in prime as well as rural areas.

Dunbrody Country House Hotel
Arthurstown
Co. Wexford
Ireland
+353 (0)51 389 600

Gregans Castle Hotel
Ballyvaughan,
Co Clare, Ireland
+353 65 707 7005

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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