DoChara has a wealth of friendly, personal and unbiased advice for touring Ireland, including Irish tour itineraries (with maps) plus recommendations on where to stay and eat, what to see, things to do and a little bit here and there about what to avoid.

There's tips for touring with kids or on a tight budget - and if we've left anything out, you can ask a question.
Inside Marble Arch Caves

Marble Arch Caves

Marble Arch caves are Ireland largest caves, both in terms of the extent and the sheer hugeness of some of the internal spaces.

The caves have been open to the public since 1985, though first discovered in 1895, and are explored by guided tours which are partly on boats navigating subterranean rivers.

Loughcrew Sunrise

Loughcrew

While the tour groups and crowds build up at Newgrange, you can slip quietly past and go instead to Loughcrew, where there are megalithic remains of equal interest without the visitor centre or the admission charges.

It’s a remarkable place, stretching over several miles of hillside, with over 40 ancient monuments dating back as far as 4000BC.

Illnaculin

Ilnacullin (Garnish Island)

A lush, green garden full of surprises, Garnish is on an Island in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cork. Its unique climatic conditions mean it grows plants and trees not seen elsewhere in Ireland, many normally more at home in the tropics.

The Island is reached by boat, an adventure in itself, and you’ll almost certainly spot seals basking on the rocks on the short journey from Glengarrif.

Kilruddery House

Kilruddery House & Gardens

A 17th century garden little changed in 3 centuries, the gardens at Kilruddery House are of special interest to gardening historians, but you certainly don’t have to be one to enjoy them.

The house has been home to the same family for almost 4 centuries and is only open in May, June and September but it’s worth making an effort to see if you are here at the right time.

Ireland Heritage Card

The Heritage Card

If you are touring Ireland for more than a couple of days, this card will certainly save you money, possibly quite a lot of money!

It is easy to buy, a true bargain (a rare thing!) and not half enough used by visitors to Ireland.

Kids enjoy Bunratty

Touring Ireland with Kids

Children are welcomed almost everywhere in Ireland, but touring anywhere as a family can have its moments!

We’ve loads of advice and tips here to keep you keep everyone safe, happy and entertained.

Graiguenamanagh sunset

Barrow Valley

The Barrow Valley is a quiet and unspoiled area, much loved by walkers and little visited by tourists.

The river that meanders though is popular with cruise boats but also means there are miles of riverside paths waiting to be explored.

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Explore Yeats Country

WB Yeats is one of the most romantic poets ever and this is his ancestral home, a place he dearly loved and where he is buried.

Add lovely unspoiled countryside, good places to stay and eat and not too many tourists and it’s the perfect recipe for a romantic getaway.

Ring of Kerry Tour

The Ring of Kerry is one of the great drives of the world and a must see for many visitors to Ireland. But it can get crowded, especially at high season.

This itinerary points out the best sights along the way, and has tips for ‘doing the Ring’ without the crowds.

Ireland tour bus

Choosing a Tour Operator

Picking the right tour company to organise your trip to Ireland is the first major decision you take when planning your vacation – and possibly the most important.

This isn’t an descision you can just throw money at, here are good, mediocre and poor operators at all levels of the market – these tips will help you pick the one that’s right for you.