Vacationing In Ireland For 60 Dollars A Day

Vacationing in Ireland for 60 Dollars a Day

The Emerald Isle; with its rolling hills, stunning coastlines, and friendly locals, Ireland is a top destination in Europe for those looking for an unforgettable vacation. And that vacation can be had on a budget. Exploring the stunning landscapes of Ireland can be done for around 60 USD per day with careful planning and budgeting.

Accommodations can be found for around 30 USD for a major city or rural area when booked far in advance. Hostels are the least expensive option, and offer a comfortable bed, shower, and kitchen facilities for an unbeatable price. Single rooms can be rented in family-owned bed-and-breakfasts or guesthouses, with prices in the mid-range. However, visitors should be aware that hotel prices will range drastically in urban areas, and far from cities.

Transportation around the country can be cheap as well, although it is more expensive than the other costs. Renting a car is a great option for travelers who would like to explore the different areas on their own schedule. Self-drive tours of the Irish countryside can be arranged for about 10 USD per day, with a minimum of three days. Rental cars will usually be available from larger cities, but at a higher price.

Group tours, which are also available, will take the stress out of the trip planning. Although bus and train tickets can be costly, especially if passengers are making a long journey, a travel pass can be cheaper for those spending a week or more in the country. This travel pass can usually provide savings of over 50%, making it a sound choice for the budget traveler.

While it is possible to stick within the 60 USD a day budget, that may not reflect the true cost of a trip to Ireland. Additional expenses like entrance fees for attractions, special events, and souvenirs can add up to hundreds. Also, don’t forget to factor in the cost of a tour guide, for those interested in learning about the rich history and culture of the Emerald Isle.

Eating out is often an enjoyable part of any holiday, and Ireland has plenty of excellent restaurants and pubs. Local ingredients are often featured in traditional recipes, which can be quite inexpensive. Finding a local restaurant in a rural area may be difficult, however, but pubs usually offer a good selection of reasonably priced traditional dishes. But for those on a tighter budget, groceries and packaged meals are available, and prices can vary from city to city.

All in all, a trip to Ireland can be quite a special experience, regardless of one’s travel budget. With careful planning, a traveler can see many of Ireland’s famous destinations while sticking to a budget.

Activities to Enjoy While Vacationing in Ireland on a Budget

Visitors exploring Ireland on a budget can still take in the breathtaking landscape. Aside from taking a scenic drive through the countryside, there are ample outdoor activities to take part in. Jogging or walking at any of the public parks, or along the coast, is free of charge and a great way to get the blood pumping.

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, cliff diving and coasteering are activities to consider. While water safety should be taken seriously, cliff jumping can be done safely and does not incur any costs. Coasteering is an activity whereby thrill-seekers can explore the craggy coastal cliffs. It is best to take a qualified guide on coasteering excursions for safety reasons, and the fee is often worth it.

Horseback riding is another great way to take in the natural beauty of Ireland. Numerous equestrian centers are spread throughout the country, with guided tours of bucolic landscapes, luscious green fields, and rushing rivers. Costs vary but reasonable rates can be found depending on the length of the tour. Tour passersby ancient castles and be mesmerized by the stunning coastlines, all while atop a trusty steed.

If looking for more of a low-key activity, Ireland offers great fishing on both coasts. Local fisheries all over the country provide the necessary equipment at a good rate, and non-local visitors may be eligible for discounted rates. Depending on the species, some catches can be barbecued afterwards for a true Irish outdoor experience.

For those looking to take in some culture, Ireland is home to a plethora of museums and galleries. Take in art from some of the country’s historical figures such as Jack Catron, take note of the land’s historical buildings, or explore life in the days of the Troubles. Most museums and galleries are free of charge, and offer a great way to learn a little more about Irish culture.

Places to Visit on a Budget in Ireland

An interesting place to explore in Ireland is the village of Portmagee (also known as ‘The Kingdom’), which is renowned for its fishing history and picturesque coastal views. The village is especially renowned as a location for whale watching. Avid fishermen will be interested in a deep sea fishing tour, which can be arranged for a modest fee. The area is also home to Scotland’s oldest lighthouse, the Skellig Light, which is accessible via boat from the nearby town of Waterville.

The coastal town of Waterville is also a great spot to visit while exploring the south-west of Ireland on a budget. The town is known for its excellent swimming beaches, stunning coastal views, and dining experiences. Even if it’s just for a day trip, Waterville is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and enjoy the calming atmosphere.

On the east coast, Ireland’s capital city of Dublin offers a great range of activities to take part in while on a budget. Stroll through the city’s vibrant streets taking in the beautiful Georgian architecture and quaint cafés, visit the National Gallery and the National Library, and explore the vibrant social scene. Among Ireland’s must-see cities, Dublin should definitely be on that list.

The Cliffs of Moher provide majestic views of the Aran Islands and can be reached via the Kerry railway. It is a popular tourist destination and travelers are guided along the cliff edge, which spans eight kilometers. It provides a great opportunity to view wildlife, such as the seabird colony which resides in the cliffs.

Ireland’s cities are steeped in history and are excellent to explore as part of a budget-friendly tour of the Emerald Isle. Take in the sights at Kilkenny Castle, a 13th century structure surrounded by a country estate with expansive gardens. Or visit the city’s old cathedral, St. Canice’s, built in the 9th century and later remodeled in the 12th century.

Trips to Take While Vacationing in Ireland on a Budget

A guided trip of the Ring of Kerry is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of this south-west corner of the country. Popular stops on this loop include Killarney National Park, Lad’s Leap Waterfall, Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. The down-to-earth locals are always willing to share knowledge of the area, and the trip is relatively inexpensive.

Galway, located in the west of Ireland, is one of the country’s most vibrant cities. From the vibrant music scene to the stunning views overlooking Galway Bay, it is a must-visit destination for those on a budget. Bus tours of Galway are abundant, just hop on one of the many bus tours from Galway to take in the spectacular sights. Popular stops include the Galway Cathedral, The Claddagh Heritage Emporium, Galway City Museum, and the quaint town of Cong with its great seafood restaurants.

For a more rural experience, take a trip to the County Sligo area, often referred to as Yeats Country, after the renowned Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Rent a car or take a tour bus to take in the spectacular views of the stunning countryside, as well as the old stone bridges, cottages, and the rocky coastline of Mullaghery. For a unique experience, visit Knocknarea Mountain to view the ancient megalithic burial cairn of Queen Maeve.

Limerick is a great place to visit while taking in the sights on a budget. From taking in a show at the restored Lime Tree Theatre to visiting the old King John’s Castle and the Hunt Museum, the city is full of activities that are easily accessible. The highlight of a visit to Limerick is a trip to the nearby coastal village of Dingle, for a picturesque view of the Irish coastline.

Festivals to Take Part in While Vacationing in Ireland on a Budget

Celtic festivals are an essential part of Irish culture and there are plenty to enjoy while on a budget. The Galway Arts Festival, founded in 1978, was the first international arts festival held in Ireland. Ticket prices are quite reasonable and visitors are in for a great show, with acts ranging from traditional Irish dancing to classical and rock music.

The Dublin Fringe Festival, held in September every year, offers performance from around the world, including theatre, comedy, music, and film. The festival has grown to be the largest and longest-running open access performing arts festival in Ireland, and ticket prices are fairly affordable.

Each May, the Small Nations Festival is held in Dingle, and is a great way to experience Irish culture at close quarters. Featuring music, dance, and theatre performances from local talent, the festival is an ideal platform for artists to showcase their work. Additionally, visitors can check out the town’s unique shops, restaurants, pubs, and galleries.

The All-Ireland Traditional Music Championship takes place annually in July in the city of Tullamore, and is a must for all lovers of Irish music. Set over three days, the competition features a variety of traditional instruments, and visitors can wander through the exhibitors’ tents and talk to the local musicians. The streets are alive with the sound of music, and it is a great time to visit.

Finally, The Connemara Mussel Festival is a great way to sample some of Ireland’s best seafood. Held on beautiful Mannin Bay, visitors can sample many varieties of mussels, as well as traditional Irish dishes, wash it all down with a pint or two of the local beer, and take in the stunning views that Connemara has to offer.

Hilda Meadows

Hilda R. Meadows is an Irish author passionate about writing about her homeland. She is especially interested in exploring the culture and history of Ireland, and loves to share her knowledge with readers from all over the world. In her spare time, Hilda loves to travel around Ireland and explore its beautiful landscapes. She is an avid reader, and believes that literature is the best way to truly understand a culture.

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