Planning a trip to Ireland? Here’s 7 websites to make it easier.

The emerald isle of Ireland seems to have a connection with millions of people throughout the world, despite itself only having a population of around 5 million people.  Over 8 million people visited Ireland last year, some visiting friends and family and some tracing family routes, but for many, it was a first.  Ireland’s popularity as a travel destination continues to rise, and with the world at your fingertips, we thought we’d put together a little guide to help you plan your next trip to Ireland.  Here are 7 websites that will help you get the most out of a holiday to Ireland.

Sea stack at the Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

1. Discover Ireland

You name it, they have it.  Discover Ireland is operated by Fáilte Ireland and features everything from upcoming events and activities to popular tourist attractions.  With a list of things to do as a family, couple or lone traveller, Discover Ireland should be your first port of call when looking for information online about Ireland.  You can also view any special offers and accommodation deals here, as well as downloading the free Discover Ireland app from iTunes or GooglePlay.

2. Discover Northern Ireland

You can’t visit Ireland without planning a trip north to Northern Ireland, home of the Giants Causeway, Mourne Mountains and Titanic Visitor Centre.  Northern Ireland is also the home of many Game of Thrones set locations, and if you want to find out what to do and where to go in Northern Ireland, there’s only one website to visit – Discover Northern Ireland.

3. Got Ireland

With so much to see and do around Ireland, it’s nice to get a plan in place before you go.  If you know the city or area you are planning to visit, be sure to research the area to see what’s hot and what’s not.  Got Ireland is a great resource for this.  Owner of Got Ireland, Liam O’Connell provides travel tips, videos and ideas to help you get the most from your trip.  The site also gives you an insight into the Irish culture and cuisine, allowing you to develop an understanding of what to expect when you land.  Planning on emigrating to Ireland?  Got Ireland have that covered as well, with some great resources for moving to Ireland.

4. Ingenious Ireland

No trip to Ireland would be complete without doing a tour, and Mary Mulvhill from Ingenious Ireland provides guided tours of Dublin that allow you to see a different side of the city, and indeed Ireland as a whole.  Ingenious Ireland also provide an Atlas Guide which allows you to explore some of Ireland’s hidden gems.

5. Expedia Ireland

You can’t plan a trip to Ireland without first deciding where you want to stay.  When it comes to booking your trip to Ireland, and finding the best deals for cheap hotels, look no further than Expedia.  With regular online sales, you can book your flight, accommodation and car with Expedia.

6. Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile is the Irish travel writer of the year, and provides regular accommodation reviews and ideas for things to do around Ireland.  When it comes to talking about Ireland and the culture, heritage and food of this wonderful country, there’s few people in Ireland with a wider knowledge base than Pól.  As well as managing his own website, Pól also writes for the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and National Geographic.  It’s clear to see when it comes to talking about Ireland, Pól knows what he’s saying.

7. Irish Fireside

Last on our list of websites to visit before planning a trip to Ireland is Irish Fireside, a podcast and blog that provides you with a vast array of resources to help you get around Ireland.  From a list of attractions, to resources and advice on planning a budget, the team at Irish Fireside will certainly help you get on your way.  Their podcasts are worth downloading and listening to on the bus or plane as you get ready to venture onto the emerald isle.

Whatever your reasons for visiting Ireland, you’ll find countless resources online to help you get the most from your trip.  Be prepared and make your trip one to remember for years to come.

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