Travel Advice

Wear Layers 
Ireland is known for 4 seasons in one day although those seasons don’t vary as much as they do in the USA – wear layers. There’s no glamour on these trips. Remember we will be out all day for most of the excursions so you leave with what you’ll need for the day running into late evening. I promise you that you will fit in perfectly. No one dresses up around here. 

The dress formula:   t-shirt + long sleeve top + waterproof jacket with hood + jeans + sneakers/walking shoes

In winter: undershirt, t-shirt, sweater, leggings, jeans, waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof walking shoes.

what to wear in ireland Here are some of our previous tour members to give you an idea:

I personally don’t use umbrellas – a hooded jacket is far better paired with a cap.

Quantity = 2 pairs pants, 4 tops for lower layer, 1 fleece (or equivalent), 1 waterproof jacket, cap/scarf, 2 shoes (walking & alternate recommended) 6 undies, sleepwear that can be worn in the day if necessary, a light little tote bag for your day stuff. 

earplugs for a light sleeper and a mini flashlight may come in handy

perfumes/colognes/scented lotions…please use as lightly as possible in consideration of fellow travellers’ allergies and sensitivities

If you are missing something there are basic shops in the towns.

Luggage – How big can it be?
One bag about 23” x 15” x 11” or 21″ x 14″ x 9″ and a small day bag / tote.carryonluggage

You’ll be responsible for your own luggage which may include going up and down narrow flights of stairs.
The lighter you travel the happier you’ll be. Save some space in your luggage for the odd items picked up.

Currency: euro €
Visit www.xe.com for exchange rate.
Most shops/restaurants accept credit cards, but have cash on hand for those small places that only accept cash.

Note your credit card pin number as you’ll need it for your transactions. 

Change dollars to euro at any ATM using your debit card  – you get the best exchange rate this way. 

Let your credit card company and bank know that you are traveling  and increase your daily limit on your debit card withdrawals by notifying your bank.

Power: 220 volts
camera battery charger and phone charger will work with an outlet adaptor plug… we’ll have some extra adaptors for you to use while here.
Hairdryers will be available so leave the dryer at home together with the vanities.
You’ll notice that there are no power outlets in the bathrooms – that’s the building safety code. Curling irons will definitely not work in Ireland unless they have a converter to 220v.

Restaurants: Separate checks are not customary. Quite often each couple can go up to the bar area to pay for their meal separately – no waiting for the server to present the bill. Sometimes we do the math and everyone chips in their portion. Tipping recommended at minimum 15%.
No free refills on coffees, teas and sodas. Iced tea is most uncommon. 


Bars: Drinks are usually paid for when ordered at the bar – tips are not expected but greatly appreciated.
Non-alcoholic drinks are Cidona (a sparkling apple juice), Lucozade, and the usual sodas. A cider here is generally alcoholic (aka hard cider).
Tea and coffee can be ordered at a bar.

Irish Movies you may want to check out:
Brooklyn
Philomena
The Quiet Man (based in Cong)
The Field (based in Leenaune) John B Keane
Dancing at Lughnasa (Brian Friel – playwright)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Song for a Raggy Boy (tough subject)
Waking Ned Devine (comedy) The film is set in Ireland, filmed on location in the Isle of Man
A Man of No Importance (set in Dublin, Albert Finney)
Once (set in Dublin)
Magdalene Sisters (tough subject)
Breakfast on Pluto
My Left Foot
In America (semi-autobiographical by Jim Sheridan)
Inside I’m Dancing (aka Rory O’Shea was Here)
Evelyn
Ryan’s daughter (Dingle peninsula)
Far and Away (Dingle peninsula)
Fr Ted Series (comedy-reflecting the Burren/Aran Isles)-acquired taste
The Guard (2011 comedy)
Jimmy’s Hall (director Ken Loach)

Books I enjoyed:
Strumpet City – by Oliver Plunkett
Angela’s Ashes – by Frank McCourt
John B Keane (author) – plays and short stories
William Butler Yeats (poet)  

 

 

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