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Can I Travel to Ireland This Summer 2020?

If a recurring question of yours is “can I visit Ireland now?“, you are in the right place: in this guide, we will give you all the local information you need to travel to Ireland now, with the latest news and latest advice.

In fact, a lot has happened lately and if Ireland is on your travel dreams list, you want to know everything and, most of all, if you can visit Ireland now and how.

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Can I Travel to Ireland Now?

Let’s start with the basics: is it possible to visit Ireland now? We don’t bear good news: it’s potentially possible to visit Ireland now, but it’s practically impossible.

Why? Because every person entering the country is subjected to a 14-day quarantine, meaning that you will be spending your time confined in a hotel or house for the time being.

The quarantine may be lifted by the end of June 2020, when hotels and touristic facilities will start to reopen for locals as well.

So, can I Travel to Ireland This Summer?

Once again, it’s hard to say. You may or may not, depending on your home country conditions, Ireland’s decisions and the availability of flights as well.

The whole of Europe is on stand-by, and countries are reopening following different steps so things can change rapidly and unexpectedly.

When can I visit Ireland, then?

It’s hard to say: as soon as the quarantine will be lifted and the flights will start landing and departing from Ireland, you will be able to visit without any problem. But it’s hard to say when this will happen, and when the hotels will be 100% ready to accept foreigners.

For sure, unless something crazy will happen, you will be able to visit Ireland again starting from September 2020 and the autumn meaning that you will have to delay your plans and rearrange your trip.

Useful information to travel to Ireland

Assuming that you will be visiting Ireland very soon, these are some of the things you need to know to plan your trip. Just because we’re grounded right now, it doesn’t mean we can’t dream about future travel to Ireland.

1. What is the best month to go to Ireland?

The best time to visit Ireland is in summer months: days are longer, and there’s a bit less rain than usual. On the other side, prices can be really high and it can be crowded everywhere.

From a local perspective, the best time to visit Ireland are spring and autumn: fewer people, cheapest prices, and you can sacrifice a bit of because of the weather considering the two factors above.

2. How expensive is it to visit Ireland?

Ireland can be expensive, at least Dublin. Prices can be high for certain things, especially accommodations. Food is also costly is compared to other European countries, but we have good news: if you travel outside of Dublin, things are way better money-wise, at least in small villages.

If a pint of beer in Dublin can also cost 8-9 euro, outside of Dublin, a pint can still cost 4 euro. The most significant recommendation is to book your accommodation as soon as possible: the highest the choice, the cheaper the price.

Usually, St Patrick’s Day is expensive everywhere in Ireland because locals travel as well, and this also happens in summer; play smart, book in advance, and give yourself the option to cancel your booking in advance without paying a fee.

3. What should I eat in Ireland?

Aside from the Guinness, that people consider a liquid dish, you cannot skip a taste of the Worldwide famous Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty pancakes, coddle, colcannon, the Irish soda bread, and the Irish breakfast.

And do not miss butter and milk, possibly the two best products in the Emerald Islands. Last but not least, make sure you taste local products from local producers because they will surprise you.

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4. Can I travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland?

Yes, you can. Despite the Brexit, the freedom of movement has been guaranteed so people, including tourists, can move from the North to the South and vice versa, without any problem. Just remember that in Northern Ireland you’ll have to use the British pound sterling, while in the Republic of Ireland you’ll use euros.

5. Is Ireland safe?

Ireland is one of the safest places ever. Dublin is the biggest city so you have to be a bit more careful, especially at night and in touristy places, but overall Ireland is a safe country.

6. Is it hard to drive in Ireland?

Driving in Ireland can be hard for foreigners: in Ireland, we drive on the left-hand side of the road. So you need to get used to this, and it can be hard at the beginning. If you rent a car and travel to Ireland on your own, you may end up in narrow roads, and it may get confusing and hard: make sure you keep the left side, respect the limits and play safe.

7. Is it a good idea to rent a car in Ireland?

It is, indeed. Renting a car in Ireland is the best way to experience everything the country has to offer. To rent a car in Ireland, you need your passport, a credit card, and your driver’s license from your home country.

Read also: Car Rental in Ireland: Local Tips and Advice

8. How many days do you need to see Ireland?

Hard to answer: on a basic level, you need at least 15 days to start having a look around, and in these 15 days, you certainly have to skip a few things. In 15 days, you will have enough time to visit the highlights of Ireland, but you may end up rushing things, so make sure you plan your time accurately to avoid being in the car too much and for too long.

9. What’s the best Ireland itinerary?

It depends on the time you have and the things you like to do. We usually recommend the 15 days itinerary because it’s really comprehensive and it will give you a good grasp of Ireland and the Irish culture.

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10. Is it possible to hike in Ireland?

Despite the lack of big mountains, Ireland has something to offer every kind of walker and hiker. The Wicklow Way is a 127km trail that passes shimmering mountain lakes, traverses steep-sided glacial valleys, forests, and rolling hills and takes in the stunning ruins of the early Christian monastic settlement of Glendalough.

Mountain hikers seeking a challenge should head for Carrauntoohil in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks in County Kerry. It’s Ireland’s highest peak (1038m) and generally climbed through the ominously named Devil’s Ladder. From the summit, the views are stunning.

A short break in Dublin should include a journey out to Howth Peninsula to enjoy the pretty coastal walk that overlooks Dublin Bay.

And these are just a few ideas.

11. What are the most Instagram-friendly spots in Ireland?

Ireland is filled with beauty spots that look right on social media feeds and are fantastic at creating memories. Just to name a few:

  • Skellig Michael, County Kerry: You travel 12km out to sea to climb the ancient stairways that cling to the rocky edges of the island. The stone’s steps were hand-forged by monks centuries ago. The views are simply mind-blowing.
  • The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare: possibly the most recognized Irish landscape, The Cliffs of Moher where land and sea collide most dramatically. The cliffs have a special allure for the camera at an early sunrise or the setting sun of twilight.
  • Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin: Located in the South Wall area of Dublin, Poolbeg Lighthouse is a 4km walk, and the closer you get to the Lighthouse, the more the view is impressive. Once you’re at the top, you can see Dun Laoghaire, Killiney head, and if the weather is good, all the mountains in the background.

12. Can you go to the beach in Ireland?

Well, Ireland is not exactly a “beach destination,” but since it lays on the sea, there are a lot of beaches and places that are stunning. Keem Bay is tucked away in a bay on Achill Island, County Mayo, and it’s considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland because of its crystal clear waters and rugged coastline. Murlough, in County Down, is wide and flat, sits in a nature reserve in a spectacular spot at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, and is backed by a 6,000-year-old dune system.

13. Why Irish pubs are famous?

Irish pubs are one of the prominent things in the country, and they are famous because of their conviviality and authenticity. If you go to a pub, you most certainly end up talking with someone: this still happens in the countryside, while in Dublin things have changed and today this occurs only in places far from the most famous attractions.

14. Is Guinness worth it?

Well, Guinness is one of the distinctive Irish things, and its fame precedes its name. The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most visited places in Ireland, and the visit is pleasant, especially if you end it up to the Gravity Bar on top of the building. If you go to a pub and ask for a Guinness, you’ll automatically be served a pint; when you say “a beer, please” in an Irish pub, you’ll get a pint of Guinness unless you look like a tourist, of course.

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Travel to Ireland: a few resources for you

If you’re planning to book a future giveaway to Ireland, these are a few resources we recommend:

Best Ireland Travel Guides

If you want to plan your trip to Ireland, these are the travel guides we recommend:

Get in touch with us for customized tours, travel tips, itineraries, and everything you need for your trip to Ireland: no one better than those who live on-site can advise you and make you experience Ireland like a real local.

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Veruska Anconitano
Veruska is a freelance content marketer and digital strategist. She's an accredited journalist, a member of the British Guild of Travel Writer, and a certified sommelier. She's the co-owner of TheFoodellers and a bunch of other websites.
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