41 Helpful Websites For Planning a Trip to Ireland

I am a bit obsessive about Ireland travel planning. I save everything, including tried and true online travel resources. There are a jazillion (yup—a jazillion) sites available to determine where to stay, what to do, and general advice for planning  a trip to Ireland. Because I am all about making sure everyone can easily plan a trip to Ireland, I thought I would share some of the best online Ireland travel resources with you. I log on to many of these sites daily and can vouch that they are really helpful (and some can even transport you there, if only for a moment).

Whether you need travel tips or a dose of inspiration, these sites have you covered.

Planning A Trip to Ireland

Sheep's Head Way Beach

Websites To Get You Here: Sheep’s Head Way Beach

1. Discover Ireland: National Tourism Board of Ireland website–details accommodations, activities, events and offers in all regions of Ireland

2. My Discover Ireland Route Planner: A neat tool that shows what attractions are between point A and point B of a route using Google maps

3. Trip Advisor Ireland Forums: Most of the regular posters on these boards live in Ireland and are experts in Ireland travel–they’ll go out of their way to answer specific and strange questions

4. Trip Advisor Hotel/B&B Reviews: Best place to hear from other travelers about their hotel/B&B experiences (always drop the worst and best reviews to get a better sense of the place)

5. B&B Ireland: Useful site that can be used to either book a B&B or simply as a baseline to begin your accommodation search

6. AirBnB: An alternative accommodation that ranges anywhere from regular B&B standards to staying in a spare bedroom-–often less expensive than traditional lodging

7. VRBO:  Vacation rentals for those who want self-catering accommodations (organized by county)

8. Former Glory: A great site to spend hours dreaming of a stay in (or even the purchase of) a historic home or castle

9. AA Roadwatch: The best route planner for Ireland

10. Google Images: Search Google images for pictures of nearby attractions after deciding which area(s) you will be visiting

11. US Passport Site: Passport guidelines for US travelers

12. XE: Easy to use currency converter and live currency rates

13. Wikitravel Ireland: The who, what, where, when–basic details about Ireland

14. SeatGuru: Find out which seats are the best on your flight, including those with the most leg room

15. Yapta: An excellent aggregate airfare search engine (powered by Kayak) as well as price alert system for route(s) you want to monitor

16. Abarta Audio Guides: Audio guides of popular visitor attractions to download to your mp 3 player (some are even free)

17. Ireland Travel Kit: All the best attractions not found in travel books or on guided tours in an easy to use app

18. Are We There Yet:  An app that offers activities and games for kids (and fun for adults too) while you’re on the road discovering Ireland

Ireland Travel Tips

Trinity College Dublin Exterior

Travel Tips To Get You To Trinity (Trinity College Dublin That Is)

19. 101 Irish Travel Tips: A great post with over 101 tips compiled by travelers to Ireland

Regional Tourism Websites

Ramelton Quay, Co. Donegal

Explore by Region: Ramelton, Co. Donegal–Northwest Ireland

Just like Discover Ireland, most regions have their own travel resource website with accommodations, activities and event information.

20. Dublin

21. Midlands

22. Inishowen

23. Connemara

24. Ring of Kerry

25. Southeast

26. Northern Ireland

Ireland Inspiration

Abandoned Village Hike Southwest Ireland

Look No Further For Ireland Inspiration: A Walk On The Beara Peninsula, Southwest Ireland

27. A Fortnight Plus Half: Not a travel website per se but if this video doesn’t inspire you to plan a trip to Ireland I don’t know what will

28. Vibrant Ireland: Loads of Ireland travel info with a dash of color and sass

29. Paddy’s Wagon: Follow along with Paddy who won a trip to Ireland and now writes about all sorts of Ireland travel adventures

30. Fox Glove Lane: A photography blog that will make you fall in love with the Irish countryside

31. Ireland with Kids: Traveling with family comes with its joys and challenges—Jody has it all figured out and she tells you how to do it too

32. Got Ireland: Blog about Irish history, music, food, culture, and lots of great travel info

33. Irish Fireside: A travel, culture, and a little bit o’ everything Irish blog and podcast

34. Irish Farmerette: Peek into life on an Irish farm from writer/farmerette Lorna

35. Wise Words: The tagline says it all: “I write. He Cooks. The Kids Make a Mess” –a joy to read and serves up a taste of daily Ireland life

36. From China Village: A lifestyle blog with a little bit of travel, DIY, and fashion all from an American living in Ireland

Ireland Discounts

Sheep's Head Way Cow

Inquisitive Irish Cow Says: Everyone Needs A Discount!

37. Heritage Ireland Card: Visiting several OPW Heritage locations? Use this site to add up the cost of the entrance fees and decide if it is worth investing in the Heritage Card, which gives you free admission to all Heritage sites

38. Heritage Island: A free discount card for all sorts of attractions throughout Ireland—many are 2 for 1 offers

39. Midland Tourism Visitor Card: The midland counties also have a discount visitors card—look on the bottom left of the page to see the visitors guide and print the purple card to show during your visit

40. Dochara: A very helpful Ireland travel site including an especially valuable page with a variety of discounts

41. Skype: Instead of racking up international calling charges—load $10.00 on a Skype account and call anywhere in the world (with free wifi in many B&B’s, who needs a cell phone?)

 

Of course there are many more travel sites out there. Which am I missing? Are there other sites you use when planning a trip to Ireland?

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One Response to “41 Helpful Websites For Planning a Trip to Ireland”

  1. Paddy's Wagon October 16, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Hi Stephanie, You have a fabulous list of blogs & websites here for anyone planning a trip to the island of Ireland to source. Thank you so much for including my blog too.

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