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Dublin

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Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
84.36
Accommodation1 46.40
Food2 24.57
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 13.48
Entertainment1 16.90
Communication2 2.00
Tips and Handouts1 5.68
Souvenirs1 14.93
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 10.81

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and has the largest international airport in the country. As such, it is likely to be your first stop when you arrive in Ireland. It's an energetic, modern, and cosmopolitan city with diverse restaurant and shopping opportunities. The entire city is quite large, with one quarter of Ireland's population residing here, but the majority of the population lives in the suburbs. The city center is actually quite compact, and the easiest way to navigate is on foot. Most of the attractions and sights are surprisingly close together.

The River Liffey cuts through the middle of town and on the northern side is where you'll find most of the shopping. O'Connell Street is the main road, off of which are many smaller roads that are lined with shops and restaurants. On the south side of the river are St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street, Trinity College, Christ Church, St. Patrick's Cathedrals, and many other attractions.

Dublin, Ireland is a top travel destination in Europe, and as such, many of its attractions can get quite crowded, particularly during the peak summer months. During these times it is best to arrive early in the day, particularly at the most popular sights. The Dublin Castle is a fascinating place to pass some time and you can get a guided tour for the low cost of only €4.50. Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building in Dublin, having been constructed in the 11th century. You can visit it for about €6.00. There are also some great museums in the city including the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Ireland.

Walking is the best way to get around Dublin as the downtown area is quite compact and Dublin's public transportation is some of the worst in Europe. While the system has improved in recent years, there is still little need to use it if you're staying in the downtown area.

Restaurants in Dublin are quite good but overpriced. If you're on a budget you can get some good deals on Indian food near the South William Street area, parallel to Grafton Street. Also consider taking advantage of lunch deals and early bird specials which will give you a good sized meal at a much reasonable price.


Travel Tips

Shopping

By backpackguru on Nov 21, 2011 in Souvenirs
There are many, many places to shop in Dublin. The most well known shopping street is Grafton Street, which is a pedestrian only street that travels between St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College. On Grafton Street is Brown Thomas, a very expensive department store selling everything from cloths to jewelry to photographs. Just off of that street you'll find The Powerscourt Centre, which is a very impressive shopping center located in a restored 18th century townhouse.

Galway

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
85.74
Accommodation1 41.68
Food2 24.58
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 24.88
Entertainment1 9.77
Communication2 3.50
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 13.00
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 12.21
Galway is typically the first stop for travelers headed into western Ireland. It serves as a gateway for this scenic part of the country, but it truly is a destination in and of itself. The city is pleasantly quaint, and is crisscrossed by lovely pedestrian only streets that are lined with shopping and restaurants. There are also countless museums and galleries to explore. Churches and cathedrals dot the town and are fun to drop by if you're fascinated by architecture.

You can easily walk around central Galway and hit most of the tourist destinations. Pick up a map before you head out and it will save you some hassle. If you get tired of walking you can easily pick up aa taxi, but keep in mind they are often very expensive. Also, avoid bringing your car into the city center because parking can be a true challenge. There are some interesting parts of the town that are enjoyable to explore on foot. Salthill, which is a popular area, is about a half hours walk from the city center. The Promenade is enjoyable to walk down and begins at the Claddagh and goes to Blackrock. It's a great place to people watch and soak up the local culture as you'll see family walking around and people rollerblading.

Restaurants are great in Galway, but if you're on a budget it's best to pick up some food at a market. Some good options are the supermarket in Eyre Square Center. There's also a Tesco on Headford Road and on weekends there's a great outdoor market that's in Church Lane near the St. Nicholas Church. It's a great place to pick up some local produce and dairy or bread products. You can easily make a lunch out of the cheap crepes and curries available there as well.

Like many Irish cities, Galway also has a vibrant nightlife with many pubs, bars and clubs.


Travel Tips

Affordable Food Options

By backpackguru on Nov 21, 2011 in Food
If you're traveling on a budget you can find some great, affordable places to stock up on food in Galway. There's a supermarket in Eyre Square Center that stays open until 5 pm. There's also a Tesco on Headford Road which is open all day (24 hrs). There's a great outdoor market on weekends between 8 am and 6 pm on Saturdays, and Sundays 2 pm to 6 pm. You can find it beside St. Nicholas Church and it's a great place to find locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and bread. They also have ready made foods like curries and crepes.

Cill Chainnigh

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
70.60
Accommodation1 35.27
Food2 23.46
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 16.64
Entertainment1 11.73
Communication2 0.00
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 0.88
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 9.65



Travel Tips

Farmers Market

By backpackguru on Nov 2, 2011 in Food
A lot of travelers head to Cill Chainnigh to see the castles and ruins that are around town. The most popular is the Kilkenny castle. Don't just check the sites off the list though. Cill Chainnigh is a great town to soak up the Irish countryside. There's a lovely farmers market every week in front of the Kilkenny castle. It's a great place to wander through and sample some local specialties. You can grab some locally grown fruits and vegetables for a picnic lunch or you can get some interesting one of a kind souvenirs to take home from you trip. It's fun to just wander through and meet some of the friendly Irish people. After all, isn't that part of why you came to Ireland?

Kilkenny Castle

By backpackguru on Nov 16, 2011 in Entertainment
If you're interested in castles around Europe, check out the Kilkenny Castle. It's worth giving some time to wander around and explore and truly adds to the atmosphere of the town.

Cork

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
79.80
Accommodation1 47.73
Food2 23.97
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 12.49
Entertainment1 7.43
Communication2 0.00
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 0.00
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 10.29
Located on the banks of the River Lee, Cork has a small, but pleasant downtown that is easy to walk around. The city was built up on marshland, and many of the streets today, including St Patrick's Street, the South Mall and the Grand Parade, are actually built over what was once river channels. Today there are more than thirty bridges that cross over the channelized River Lee. As an orientation, it's nice to take a historic walking tour of downtown. Then you can explore the area more by yourself and in depth. There are cathedrals, museums, and galleries around town so you can keep yourself quite entertained. If the weather is nice, head out to Lough park, which has a small freshwater limestone lake and some interesting water fowl to see. It's a great place to people watch and see daily life in the city of Cork.

Some of the must see attractions in Cork include Elizabeth Fort, which offers a great view of the city. Near the fort you will find St Finbarr's Cathedral, with is a gothic building constructed during the 19th century. In town you will want to swing by the Lewis Gluckman Gallery if you're interested in art and swing through University College Cork while you're in the area.

During the summer and fall months there are some great local festivals that are worth checking out. The Midsummer Festival lasts for a month between June and July and includes art, poetry, and drama. The Film Festival, which is more than 50 years old, is in November and has both Irish and international films. The Jazz Festival is one of the largest in Europe and is at the end of October. Finally, the Elizabeth Fort Market Festival showcases Cork heritage and takes place every Sunday. It's a great place to check out some local crafts, taste some good food, and have a cultural experience.


Travel Tips

Blarney Castle

By backpackguru on Nov 16, 2011 in Entertainment
While this is one of the more touristy and popular castles around Ireland, there is a good reason. It's truly worth the crowds and lines, but it's still advisable to get here around 9 am when it opens. There's a good chance you'll miss the crowds. The stairs to the top can be a little uneven, but nothing you should really be concerned about. And definitely don't pass up the opportunity to kiss the Blarney stone, even if you do have a fear of heights.

Cork City Pub Crawl

By backpackguru on Nov 21, 2011 in Alcohol
Friday nights are a great time to see some of Cork's fun pub culture. You can join the Cork City Pub Crawl which is organized every Friday by young residents to bring tourists and locals together for a pub crawl (kind of a tour really). It starts every Friday at 8 pm just outside of the GPO on Oliver Plunkett St. You hit four different pubs and one of the best clubs in Cork. You do have to pay ten euros to join the crawl, but it includes one shot of jaegermeister, one shot of whiskey, and two shots of apple sourz, plus entry into the club, so it's really a good value. At the club you'll find both travelers and locals, so it's a great way to get out and about in the town. It's a great way to experience Cork nightlife and meet some fellow travelers as well as locals.

Dingle

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
95.86
Accommodation1 54.49
Food2 32.42
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 13.71
Entertainment1 7.61
Communication2 2.00
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 0.00
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 12.57

In County Kerry, in southwest Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula is the smaller of the two peninsulas. It has beautiful and wild landscape with its eastern side steep and dramatic while the western side has a dramatic coastline with cliffs and beaches. Dingle town, also known as An Daingean, is the small town that you can walk around and visit the restaurants and shops that line the streets.

The Dingle Peninsula can be divided into four regions. In the north it has low rolling hills with many sheep and beaches. It also has the highest point along the peninsula known as Connor's Pass. In the west, which is the most popular destination on the peninsula, you find the most dramatic cliffs, curvy roads, and a handful of historic sights. Dingle Town is the main town on the peninsula and is situated by a natural harbour. It's a quaint town with most of its buildings constructed in the 1800's. There's a thriving art scene here and it's a great place to pick up some homemade handicrafts. Finally, in the south you will find beautiful green landscape and rolling hills. There are some great beaches and views as well.

If you're looking for some interesting activities, horseback riding and golf are some popular past times on the peninsula. Also consider exploring the peninsula on a bicycle. It makes for a beautiful ride and you'll get a more up close and personal experience in the area.

There are restaurants throughout the peninsula and some of the best include the Dingle Pub on Main Street in Dingle Town. It's a good value and a friendly place to pass some time. Also check out the Doghouse if you're looking for a quick and cheap bite to eat. To try some good seafood or steaks head to Spillane's Bar & Restaurant by the beach. It's a great place to grab dinner.

Cionn tSaile

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
103.29
Accommodation1 58.86
Food2 36.57
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 13.71
Entertainment1 4.00
Communication2 0.00
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 0.00
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 12.57
Near the river Bandon you'll find the small town of Cionn tSaile or Kinsale. It sits comfortably in the hills that separate it from the nearby ocean. It's a quaint town that is a historic port that remains popular with sailors and travelers.

The town has two forts that protect it from invasion and served as the site for one of the most important battles in Irish history, in 1601. The town is not only charming today, it is also a great place to find good seafood. It's also famous for its annual festival to celebrate the local cuisine and culture.

The main sights around town include Charles Fort, which was constructed in the 17th century, James Fort, which is an older, and less maintained fort on Pier Road, and Desmond Castle, built in the 1500's. Also swing into Kinsale Regional Museum, which is small but offers a fascinating look a maritime history in the area.

If you've seen all the sights, the consider taking a sailing trip. This is a popular past time in this area. It's also fun to go whale and dolphin watching which can be a very memorable experience. It's possible to go out on either full or half day trips.

Another way to get a interesting take on Kinsale history is to take the ghost tour, which incorporates the areas history with a little bit of fun.

As for food, you'll find restaurants in every price range in Kinsale. Definitely don't pass up the opportunity to try the area's seafood however, which the town is most famous for. If you're headed to a nicer restaurant, consider making reservations if you in town during peak season and want to eat at a reasonable time. Some favorite restaurants include Jim Edward's Steak & Seafood, Fishy Fishy Cafe, and The Little Skillet.


Travel Tips

Transition Towns

By backpackguru on Nov 2, 2011
Cionn tSaile is the first of what is now a group of Transition Towns. Transition Towns have established community based groups to research, understand, and incorporate sustainability solutions and improved environmental programs. Specifically, they look into things such as peak oil and climate change. Much of there information has included the Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan 2021. There are meetings on the third Thursday of every month that are open to the public for those that are interested.

Summer Season

By backpackguru on Nov 16, 2011
Most people head to Cionn tSaile in the summer when the weather is nice and the restaurants are open and selling up some delicious fare. The small town actually has a lot to offer in the way of food, culture, castles, and the beach. If you want to avoid the crowds you can come during the shoulder season. Less things may be open, but you'll get a true feel for the atmosphere of the beautiful and lovely small town. There's a lot of history that can still be seen in the town's architecture and vibe.

Letterkenny

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
-
Accommodation1 0.00
Food2 18.42
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 0.00
Entertainment1 0.00
Communication2 35.00
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 0.00
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 40.10

Donegal

Average Daily Travel Cost
(per person)
-
Accommodation1 0.00
Food2 6.79
Water2 0.00
Local Transportation1 0.00
Entertainment1 0.00
Communication2 0.00
Tips and Handouts1 0.00
Souvenirs1 3.50
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 0.00
Alcohol2 0.00
  • 1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
  • 2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis. For example, the Food daily average is for all meals for an entire day.

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