It is no secret that Australians love travelling. We love exploring and immersing ourselves in new countries and cultures. Insight Vacations have just launched their new 2018 Europe & Britain Collection which showcase diverse ways to travel within Europe. For those Travellers who have explored Europe in depth, Regional Experiences such as our 22 Day Britain and Ireland Discovery or 15 Day Best of Spain & Portugal are always popular. Read more..
Touring in the UK & Ireland
Top tips for the UK & Ireland!
Tipping – It is not expected to tip at pubs and bars throughout the UK and Ireland, however, at high-end restaurants it is common to leave a gratuity (often 10 – 15%). Check with your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power Plugs – Throughout the UK and Ireland the electrical sockets are configured for three rectangular prongs and you can expect a standard voltage of 230V. An adapter is required for Australian and New Zealand appliances, and check if any of your electronics require a current converter for your trip. Currency – The Pound Sterling is used throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro. Check with your bank for the options available (and fees involved) for accessing your funds overseas. Advise your bank of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions blocked while on holidays.
What should I bring?
Weatherproof gear – When planning for your holiday to the UK and Ireland make sure you heed all the warnings about the weather! Whatever the season, be prepared with a weatherproof outer jacket to protect you from any wind or rain. Take a lightweight waterproof daypack to keep your possessions safe and dry. Comfortable shoes – Pack practical shoes for your trip. You will spend a lot of time on your feet exploring the sights. From cobbled laneways to gravel paths to high street footpaths, you want to be able to walk all surfaces. Choose waterproof footwear or give your shoes a waterproof spray before you leave on your holiday. Layers layers layers – Layers are a great way to pack for your trip – choose a versatile base layer for warm days and indoor heating, and some thicker layers to throw over the top for cooler temperatures. Regardless of when you travel, you can experience four seasons in one day, so be prepared for all eventualities!
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Hearty stews and sides – The menus throughout the UK and Ireland are rich with hearty stews, pies, and potato-laden sides. Try some Neeps and Tatties in Scotland, or Bubble and Squeak in England (both twists on a potato and vegetable mixed side) or a typical Irish Stew. Ask for a serve of Haggis or Black Pudding to top off an authentic dish. Local brews – Sample a Scotch or Irish Whiskey to warm your insides on tour! Try a drop of Jameson at the Old Midleton Distillery in Ireland, sample a notoriously heavy blend from the Scottish Highlands, or a lighter style single malt from Edinburgh. Alternatively, treat yourself to a pint of Guinness in a local Irish pub. The countryside – Wind through rolling green hills in the English countryside, stroll the serene shores of the Lakes District, and breathe in the crisp sea breeze of the Irish coast where the Cliffs of Moher plummet into the dark waters below. Hike the mountain passes of the Scottish Highlands and explore the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye.