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 Ireland
Top Scotland Tips!
Tipping – Tipping is not commonplace in less formal settings in Ireland, however, is customary in higher-end restaurants. In restaurants a “Service Charge” is often already included, so be sure to check before offering an additional gratuity. Check with your local guide what is appropriate if you are unsure. Power Plugs – The electrical sockets in Ireland are the same as in England and Scotland and are configured for three rectangular prongs. If travelling with Australian/New Zealand appliances, an adapter will be required. The voltage is the same (standard voltage of 230V), however, be sure to check the requirements for your individual appliances. Currency – The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro, however, Northern Ireland uses the Pound Sterling. Check with your bank what options they recommend (and fees involved) for international currencies. Advise them of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions blocked while overseas.
What should I bring?
Weatherproof Jacket + Shoes – The packing list for Ireland mirrors that of England and Scotland, with an emphasis on a weatherproof outer layer, comfortable waterproof shoes, and layers for all weather events. Daypack – With sometimes challenging terrain it is handy to have your gear stowed away comfortably, particularly in a waterproof daypack which will protect your essentials from the elements. This will also keep your essentials secure in busy tourist areas and train stations. Hat – While a beanie is the common go-to for an Irish packing list, a hat will not only retain warmth, but also protect you from the wind/rain. Choose a lightweight waterproof option if you can!
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Guinness – Quench your thirst after a day of touring with this traditional brew. Served in all the local Irish pubs, this timeless classic is a must-try in its homeland. Cliffs of Moher – When scrolling through images of Ireland, it is hard to miss the breathtaking sheer cliff faces plummeting into the dark waters of the Irish coast. If you are lucky enough to witness this spectacular landscape, it won’t just be the icy wind that takes your breath away. Irish Whiskey – There is something special about appreciating a glass of Irish Whiskey in the birthplace of some famous blends. For an authentic experience, try a drop of Jameson at the Old Midleton Distillery. Irish Stew – The second-best way to warm your insides (after a glass of Irish Whiskey) is with a steaming hot serve of Irish Stew. Classically made with lamb and vegetables, keep an eye out for this during your trip. Best consumed with an evening free to slip into a food-induced stupor.