WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

If you are want to find out what to pack for Europe in winter, then this post is for you.

While you might have to think about which places to visit in Europe in winter, you will also need to plan what to pack for the cold winter months in Europe.

While Europe might not be the biggest continent, weather conditions strongly vary. So, it does make a big difference whether you visit North countries like Iceland or Norway, Central Europe like Switzerland or France or Southern Europe with places like Valencia in Spain.

If you head to Southern Spain you will not need all the super warm winter clothes – and you will be happy with some warm pullovers and jeans. In the Nordic countries you will definitely need to pack differently.

In this post, you will find one general part of what to pack in Europe for winter. Then you will find out about what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, but you will also find out what to pack if you visit countries like Switzerland, Estonia or Iceland in winter.

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk weather in Europe in winter. Because your packing list depends on where you visit.

Southern Europe is much milder and warmer than Eastern Europe or Northern Europe. While you could wear a light jacket in Southern Spain in the winter months, you surely have to dress very warm in countries like Norway or Iceland.

If you come to Europe in winter – come prepared. 

Be advised that the average temperature can reach as low as -10° degree Celsius in countries like Iceland and Norway and while it gets up to 15° degree Celsius in other countries.

Climate change has lead to much warmer climate in many countries – I remember the years – as a little child – where we had many days with freezing temperatures in Germany. And a lot of snow – but nowadays, snow is no longer the rule for many parts in Europe. But it can be.

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WHAT TO BRING TO EUROPE IN WINTER – GENERAL ITEMS

So, the first part of the post is a general packing ist. Then you will find an additional packing list for winter.

Luggage for Europe

Here is what luggage/bags you might need for your winter Europe trip.

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in.
  • Carry-On: If you visit for longer and aren’t a minimalist, then you might need an extra carry-on luggage.
  • Laundry bags: They are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: They are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are very handy and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • For my handbag, I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (just to be safe) and several extra pockets. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with your? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder, since i have become more minimalistic, I prefer not using a passport holder but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough) you might want to have one.
  • For a day at the hotel pool or for some shopping, I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag. Plastic bags – fortunately – do costs money in many parts of Europe…and plastic you use only once, sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favour (and it looks much better than to carry your shoppings in a plastic or paper bag).

Toiletries to Pack for Europe in Winter

Lately, I have reduced the care products. Less is better if you ask me. However, in winter our skin is also subject to stress. Here you will find a detailed list – even if I do not use all products below throughout the year, you might use more products.

If I travel for 10 days or shorter I take travel sizes toiletries which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home. To pack light, shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water and cleansing milk is all in small bottles.

Of course, you could buy toiletries in Europe as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

  • (TSA Approved Clear) Travel Toiletry Bag (if you fly)
  • Sunscreen (even in winter – depending on where you travel to. If you go for a ski trip, then take it but you most likely will not need it for most other winter trips).
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use (I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels)
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your bidy hair with it) – otherwise a razor or whatever you prefer
  • Face cream – (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream).
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover + glass nail file
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items: Mascara / Rouge / Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows) / Tweezer / Eyeliner and Eye Shadow / Make-up brushes/ Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items which I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

hair spray, hand cream, foundation, powder, lipstick, sanitiser

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly – however, I do work online while traveling and I also watch Netflix on it.
  • My phone is without a doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) items.
  • My camera is a must – because Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit, that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Power Charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Do you need an adapter? It depends on where you travel to in Europe, so please check if you need one for your destination.

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the winter)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)
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What to Pack for Europe in Winter

The key is dressing in layers for Europe in winter. The temperature can reach freezing levels, and yet the sun can be deceptively strong. Dressing in layers allows you to keep warm without compromising on comfort. 

Also, it really depends on where exactly you travel – as I mentioned before, Southern Europe has mild weather in winter where you will not need a super warm jacket and gloves plus a hat.

Depending on where you travel, the wind might make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says.

In worst case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will be a result if If you’re wet and not appropriately dressed.

Your items should be versatile in function. For example, pack a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. In addition, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Everyday Attire Essentials For Europe In Winter

At the top of your packing list should be the following versatile, essential items. Using these items to dress in layers will keep you both stylish and warm. 

  • Coat – Warm And Waterproof: A warm, waterproof jacket should be one of the very first items that you think to pack. Avoid choosing a bulky jacket that takes up a lot of space. This can make you feel uncomfortable when you have layers underneath. Instead, opt for a lightweight, trench raincoat that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. 
  • Hat: Science tells us that we lose up to 10% of our body heat through our heads, meaning that it’s essential to keep this area warm. A knitted beanie is a perfect solution for keeping the warmth in while you venture out.  A hat will keep you toasty warm whether you’re on the slopes, sipping coffee, or exploring the sights. 
  • Gloves: Have you ever tried to use your phone with frozen fingers? It’s a nearly impossible task. A pair of gloves can do wonders for your mobility, dexterity, and comfort. This makes it one of the most important items on your Switzerland packing list. When selecting your options, it’s worth investing in a pair that can dry quickly and are touch-screen compatible.
  • Scarf Or Turtleneck: A warm scarf and/or turtleneck sweater are key items for keeping your neck covered. Not only do these items keep you warm, but they also prevent you from getting ill (and thereby ruining the fun). A turtleneck sweater is perfect as a garment to wear underneath your jacket, while the scarf can be removed easily. 
  • Leggings: There’s a reason that almost every woman owns a pair of leggings. They are both comfortable and snug. Leggings are an essential item to pack as you can dress them up or down. You can even wear them underneath your denims as an extra layer of warmth. 
  • Socks: When it comes to packing socks for your Switzerland trip – the thicker the better. Chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the snow, and you’ll want your feet to be warm and cozy. If you plan on hitting the slopes at any stage, then you’ll want your socks to be extra-thick or padded for increased comfort. 
  • Thermals: A quality set of thermals is your key to enjoying the winter weather in Switzerland. They provide the extra layer of heat that will allow you to spend an extra hour on the slopes, or to pack fewer items on your road trip instead of excess clothing.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you can only pack one pair of shoes, then make sure that they are a trusty pair of waterproof snowshoes. You’ll want your shoes to be as versatile as possible. Snowshoes allow you to enjoy a variety of activities while keeping your feet warm and dry. 
Verbier in Switzerland in the winter

Winter Sportswear

One of the best top reasons to visit Switzerland during the winter months is winter sports opportunities. While most ski resorts will offer rental equipment, there are a few essentials to pack for yourself. 

  • Ski Jacket: When choosing the perfect ski jacket, you need to consider warmth, level of waterproofing, and freedom of movement. A jacket that is adjustable in fit, seals effectively, and dries quickly is the perfect apparel for snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor sports.
  • Ski Pants: A trusty pair of insulated ski pants are the next essential item for all winter sports fans. Make sure that your choice of pants is breathable, warm, and waterproof. These details will keep you dry, warm, and comfortable on the slopes.  
  • Winter Protection: There are a few items that will make your winter vacation all the more comfortable. The last thing that you want is to be soaked on your first day, or get a migraine from snow blindness
  • Umbrella: Regardless of what time of year you visit Switzerland, it’s always a smart move to pack a foldable umbrella. The nifty item doesn’t take up too much space. It can be the difference between a leisurely stroll in the city streets and getting caught in a flu-inspired downpour. 
  • Chapstick: Visiting Switzerland in winter will most likely find you spending hours of fun on the snow-covered slopes. This can quickly dry out your lips and burn your skin. In this instance, you’re going to be grateful that you’ve packed your moisturizing stick of Chapstick. 
  • Sunglasses: The best days on the slopes are the ones accompanied by clear, sunny skies and good conditions. These circumstances also increase the glare of the sun on the white snow, making it close to unbearable on your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses or ski goggles can protect your eyes from the wind and bright light.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

Europe in winter is a fantastic travel destination. Whether you come for a ski trip in Switzerland, explore the Christmas markets in London or want to have a weekend trip to a warmer place like Valencia – Europe is so diverse and has something for every taste.

Just be aware of what to pack for Europe in winter and you can enjoy some fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to do in Dublin in 3 Days

The Yew dark alley at Glasnevin cemetery . Dublin . Ireland _

HOW TO SPEND 3 DAYS IN DUBLIN

If you are planning your Dublin itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Dublin in 3 days, this post is for you. Find out about what to do and how to spend 3 days in Dublin plus more important travel tips for your first trip.

Dublin is a fun, lively and very friendly city filled with welcoming people who are proud of their heritage. Everyone I met in Dublin gave me recommendations on restaurants, told me stories and gladly chatted with me at any given time. The food was great, the city safe, plenty of sightseeing and history as well as a thriving music scene. I truly believe everyone should visit Dublin at some point!

3 days in Dublin is the perfect weekend trip or the perfect start to a trip through Ireland. Only a short flight from the UK it’s also a great combo trip to do with London, Edinburgh or Glasgow. 

This post was written by Cassandra

TRAVEL TIPS FOR DUBLIN IN 3 DAYS

Before jumping to the 3-day Dublin itinerary here are some travel tips.

How to Get Around: There is no need for a car in Dublin, it is a very walkable city and for areas outside of walking distance, local taxis are very accessible as are rideshares such as Uber.

For traveling outside the city itself you can book day tours or take the train.

Best Time to Visit: You can visit year-round, Dublin has mild weather all year never getting super cold or super-hot BUT again is common so bring layers and a waterproof jacket.

Summer is high season for travel to Ireland so if you want to avoid higher costs and bigger crowds you may prefer shoulder seasons of spring and fall.

Where to Stay: I recommend staying on the south side of the river but still close to the river.

This puts you near Temple Bar district for some fun and lively nightlife. You could also stay a bit further south of the river near Stephen’s Green or Trinity College which is also great areas to be in for sightseeing but set back a bit more from the nightlife.

If you want to be closer to Temple Bar district I’d recommend the Jury’s Inn Christchurch, if you’re looking to be more set back the Trinity City Hotel is another great option. If you are staying in castles, then check out the best castles to stay in Ireland (because staying in a castle is quite unique!).

Tips for Solo Female Travelers in Dublin: I found Dublin to be a very friendly and safe city- I never felt in danger at any point even alone at night.

Of course, you’d want to exercise precautions like you would anywhere and be aware of your surroundings at all time.

In general, though I think Dublin and Ireland, in general, is a great safe option for solo female travelers without much worry.

Costs: Compared to other European destinations, I found costs in Dublin to be mid-range. Nothing was particularly cheap, but I didn’t find anything to be incredibly expensive either.

I did love that there were plenty of attractions with free entry (Dublin Castle, Museum of Natural History etc.) and it was nice to be able to explore and do some sightseeing without dishing out tons of money. It’s also a very walkable city so we didn’t spend too much on transportation besides to/from the airport and doing some day trips outside of the city. 

Restaurants: I loved the comfort food of Ireland, tasty stews, brews and plenty of potatoes. Everything was savory and filling.

Some of my favorite spots were Boxty Restaurant, having lunch at the Guinness Storehouse (everything was cooked with Guinness and very tasty) and the Queen of Tarts café and bakery. 

Dublin City Pass: I highly recommend pre-purchasing the Dublin City Pass for your stay so you have entry, fast track and hop on hop off transportation for main sightseeing easily.

Best Things to do on a 3-Day Itinerary for Dublin

Okay, let’s get started and talk about the first day in Dublin.

Day 1 in Dublin

The first day is the perfect day to explore at leisure. Aim to arrive early so you can have as much time available as possible.

You can pick up the pass at the airport upon arrival. Just know that it activates as soon as you start using it and starts counting down from there so I recommend getting more than 1 days’ worth. 

Once you get into the city and drop your luggage at the hotel first thing I’d recommend heading to Queen of Tarts for a nice bite to eat and some coffee to get ready for exploring the city.

Stop1: Dublin Castle

From here you can walk right over to Dublin Castle which is one of the main sights and a must-see in 3 days in Dublin.

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Dublin Castle is a big part of Ireland’s history. From Viking Settlement to British house of rule and now Ireland’s own, it houses rotating art and history exhibits and is home to stunning gardens. It also has the amazing Chester Beatty Library on its grounds as well.

The library displays a wide collection of work and ancient pieces from all over the world including Buddhist scrolls and Ancient Egyptian work- definitely worth a visit.

Stop 2: City Hall

After spending some time exploring the castle, enjoying the gardens and checking out the library,  you can walk over to City Hall for a quick stop in to check out the beautiful Georgian architecture which is a must for your Dublin itinerary.

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Stop 3: Christ Church Cathedral

Then it is time heading to Christ Church Cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral is a top activity on a 3-day itinerary
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The cathedral was built in 1030 and is one of the most historical in Dublin, the stained-glass windows and carvings are stunning and the medieval crypt is the largest in Ireland.

If interested in a fun interactive live display of the olden days Dublin is neighboring Christ Church and would be particularly fun if traveling with any kids – so, with the above mentioned places you have covered some of the main sights – so, it is a good start for your “3-day Dublin itinerary” but that is just the start.

Stop 5: Temple Bar District

Afterwards, I’d recommend walking through the Temple Bar district. Temple Bar is both the name of the area as well as the name of the actual bar “Temple Bar” that resides here. The bar is touristy but also fun and lively and worth a stop in for a quick drink during a pub hop if you wanted.

During the day Temple Bar area is equally lovely, it’s a non-driving pedestrian-only road of cobblestone and old beautiful buildings usually with artists and street performers playing Irish tunes. The area is dabbled with shops, restaurants, and bars.

Stop 6: Ha’ Penny Bridge

From here you can walk towards Ha’ Penny Bridge– this is the iconic Dublin bridge you’ve most likely seen in photos, this historic bridge has been refurbished and walking over it with a pause in the middle to take in the river and city views is a must-do.

For dinner I’d say to check out Temple Bar at night, have some traditional Irish food at Quays and then enjoy some of the local pubs.

I personally like The Butcher’s Bar (which is a few blocks from Temple) for some hard cider, ginger beer or home infused whiskeys If you like something harder.

Day 2 in Dublin

Of course, there are more fun things to do in Dublin in 3 days.

If you opted for the Dublin City Pass today would be day 2 on the pass and it’s the perfect day to utilize the 24-hour hop on hop off pass it comes with. Even if you don’t get the Dublin Pass I would recommend a 24-hour hop on hop off to get around to some of the highlights for day 2 in Dublin.

Stop 1: Trinity College

I’d say to start the day early around 8:30 or so with a quick stop at KC Peaches Café to grab some coffee and a quick bite on your way to Trinity College.

The college itself is beautiful but the highlight is the library and the Book of Kells which is on display there.

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The library alone is often rated amongst the most beautiful in the world, from the 18th century and housing 200,000 + of Trinity’s oldest books it is absolutely worth a visit.

The book of Kells exhibit though is a must see – a 9th-century manuscript that documents 4 gospels.

Stop 2: Merrion Square

Your Dublin itinerary continues and from here you can walk by Merrion Square– mostly popular for the gorgeous Georgian doorways surrounding the area- on your way to the museum row where you can visit any that spark your interest.

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Stop 3: Museums

All the museums open at 10 so arriving at opening is a perfect time before they get too crowded. I personally enjoyed each located here:

The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Archeology Museum of Ireland, The Natural Museum of Ireland and The Little Museum of Dublin.

They are all right next to each other and all are relatively small compared to other cities I’ve been to, so I found it doable to briefly explore each of them but, I’d most recommend the Archeology Museum and the Natural Museum.

The Archaeology Museum displayed the history of Ireland and artefacts from pre-historic to Viking past, medieval and more.

They also have a small section on Ancient Egypt but personally, I was there to see Ireland’s history!

If you live in a city of have been to a city with a vaster Egyptian display you could easily skip it and focus on the Irish history displays. The National Museum I found to be a unique display.

They have a large section on Irish wildlife from pre-historic giant deer to modern times as well as a huge insect display which was actually very interesting. The whole experience felt like stepping back in time in comparison to other Natural history museums I’ve been to.

You can easily see both museums within 2 hours unless you are a lover of either and want to linger longer.

Stop 4: Stephen’s Green

From here make your way to Stephen’s Green where you can relax on a park bench and take in the views and great people watching before grabbing the hop on hop off bus from it’s Stephen’s Green stop.

Stephen’s Green for your 3 days in Dublin, Ireland
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Stop 5: St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Take the red line to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, dating back to 1191 it’s believed this is where St. Patrick performed baptisms.

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland is a must-see in 3 days
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Interior of St. Patrick's cathedral is one of the must-see on any Dublin itinerary
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The building is beautiful! Step inside to view the monuments and massive stained glass windows before getting back on the hop on hop off the red line.

Stop 6: Guinness Storehouse

Next, get off at Guinness Storehouse.

Of course, you’ll want lunch by this point so once entering the storehouse make a stop at one of their many on-site pubs or dining areas to enjoy a tasty meal before starting your tour. The storehouse is an absolute blast so I recommend taking your time here to soak it all in.

Learn to pour the perfect pint, do a tasting, learn how Guinness is made, view fun interactive displays of past marketing campaigns and head to the very top- the Gravity Bar- for a pint with prime views of the city. After completing your Guinness tour and lunch grab the hop on hop off again but this time get on the Blue line.

Depending on how long you spend at each stop would determine how much you could fit into the day but by now it should be about mid- late afternoon.

Stop 7: Glasnevin Cemetery

So, an activity to add to your 3 days in Dublin is visiting this unique cemetery. Take the blue line to Glasnevin Cemetery– rated Best Cultural Experience in Ireland for a reason, this historic cemetery and its monuments and stories are fascinating.

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The cemetery opened in 1832 and houses over 1.5 million souls. A tour through the cemetery and museum will reveal Ireland’s history and heroes. When departing you can take the blue line back to where you started and grab some dinner at Drury Buildings. 

Day 3 in Dublin

Luckily, Ireland is quite a small country and you can easily explore any part of it from Dublin in a day trip.

Some great Dublin day trips are Cliff’s of Moher with Galway, Belfast and Titanic, or Howthe Harbor and Malahide Castle.

If you want something not too far and not too long of a day Howthe is a much closer spot to head to. The castle is a nice stop by Howthe itself was my favorite part.

Hiking the gentle path along the coast, viewing the lighthouse and some ancient ruins followed by a lunch at a local pub was a great getaway from the city and view into smaller village life.

If you have an interest in history I would say Belfast and Titanic would be the best option.

Idea 1: Belfast

Belfast located in Northern Ireland is actually still part of the UK and not Ireland. Visiting and doing a black cab tour is a really cool experience showcasing the history of the revolution and show you another side of Ireland.

The Titanic Belfast is another noteworthy stop on a trip to Northern Ireland with interactive exhibits showcasing the Titanic experience.

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Idea 2: Cliffs of Moher

If you’re a nature lover you may want to opt for the Cliffs of Moher. One of the most popular sights to see in Ireland for a reason, these stunning cliffs drop off into the Atlantic at a striking 702 ft.

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The nearby town of Galway is also a lovely stop and is famed for its Irish folk music and colorful town on the west coast.

Idea 3: Blarney Castle

Another popular day trip is to head south and visit the Blarney Castle and stone as well as the town of Cork. Legend has it that kissing the Blarney stone endows you with the gift of gab! Cork is a charming Irish town with plenty to see and do although I would most recommend a visit to the English Market and St. Anne’s Church.

The English Market has been around since 1788 fueling foodies and serving up local goodies both food and crafts and is worth a chunk of time to stroll through and enjoy at leisure. St. Anne’s is a gorgeous medieval church but unlike most others, visitors are welcomes to climb the town and ring the bells. 

TIP:

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones you may want to opt for a Game of thrones tour through Northern Ireland’s nature where several scenes were filmed. In addition most usually also include a stop at the unique rock formations of Giant’s Causeway. 

CONCLUSION: DUBLIN IN 3 DAYS

Hopefully, this 3-day Dublin itinerary has helped you plan your trip and what to do in Dublin in 3 days! Now, it is time to pack for your Europe trip – or in this case, for your Dublin trip. 

About the Author

Cassandra is a US-female travel addict who loves traveling the world and works for a tour operator. She is a freelance writer for Arzo Travels where she shares her expertise and has a special love affair with Mexico – so she knows pretty well what she is recommending to you 🙂

Check out her site where she sells her travel photography.

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Best Things to do in Ireland and Top Places to Visit

Best places to visit in Ireland

Best Things to do in Ireland and Top Places to Visit

Ireland – the green island has more to offer than sheep and a beautiful green, lush scenery (but, yes, there are more sheep in Ireland than people).

Find out about the best things to do in Ireland and the best places to visit – tips by my fellow travel bloggers!

Wondering what to pack for Ireland? Find a complete Ireland packing list here.

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Cobh

by Jo from Lifestyle Fifty

Cobh is a small, fascinating town near Cork which has a rich maritime history, and from this town, millions of Irish people migrated to the New World.

Cohn in Ireland where to visit

It was also from Cobh that ships set out on a mercy mission to rescue the survivors from the Lusitania that had been torpedo’ d by a German u-boat off the coast on 7th May 1915.

Cobh was also the last port of call for The Titanic and there’s a wonderful interactive museum on the sea front which takes you back to the fated journey of the Titanic, and is a must-do if you are in Cobh. 

The experience takes you in a virtual way through embarkation, then onto the tender out to The Titanic which, before it’s fateful last voyage, was moored off the mouth of the harbor. You’re given the name of one of the passengers, to follow their fate.

You’ll also want to see St Coleman’s Cathedral, which with its stained glass windows, mosaic floor and immense vaulted roof must rate as one of the iconic cathedrals in Europe. Oh, and do walk up the incredibly steep street leading from the quay past a row of multi-colored terraced houses that look as if they’re built on top of each other – The Deck of Cards – clearly visible if you approach Cobh via sea.

The Wild Atlantic Way

By Carol from Wayfaring Views

The Wild Atlantic Way is a 1,500 mile (2,500 kilometers) coastal road that starts in the southeast of Ireland at Kinsale.

Ireland, Best places to visit in Ireland

It zigzags along the southern tip of the island before turning north and ending at the border with Northern Ireland. All of the coastline is characterized by rugged cliffs, rock outcroppings, marine life and coastal views that go on forever. The most popular sections of road include the Ring of Kerry, Dingle and the Cliffs of Mohr. Most visitors spend a 1-week itinerary exploring just those regions.

They are beautiful to be sure, but it’s worth carving out some time for the more northern sections of the coast road. For instance, you can spend two days driving the coast road between Galway and Clifden. Highlights in the area include a low rocky coastline, bogs, the Clifton Sky road, the first Marconi transatlantic radio site, Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey.

Add another three days and you can drive the coastline into Donegal. This area of the Wild Atlantic Way is characterized by the wide Donegal bays, marine cliffs that rival the Cliffs of Mohr, Achill Island, The Fairy Glen, and Yeat’s country in Sligo.

You can get castles, ancient dolmen, literary sites, bogs and beauty….enjoyed at your own quiet pace.

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher

By Greta from Great´s Travel

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most famous and visited natural beauties.

What to do in Ireland - Cliffs of Moher

Located in the Western shore of Ireland the cliffs are 8km long and at their highest point reach 214m. Every year they attract over one million visitors, which earned them the title of Ireland’s “Most Visited Natural Attraction”.

You can get to the Cliffs of Moher either by renting a car and driving there yourself or by getting an organised bus tour. As you approach the cliffs you will start feeling a strong wind blowing from the sea, long before you can actually see the view.

There is also a cafe and a museum at the cliffs but the highlight is, of course, walking the cliffs and the views. Walking up and down the cliffs is a great experience, which will make you feel small in front of the power of nature.

When traveling to the UK & Ireland visiting the Cliffs of Moher is a must!

Ring of Kerry

By Thais from World Trip Diaries

The Ring of Kerry is an iconic drive in Ireland.  It’s a loop route, as one may notice by the name, and it takes around 3 hours if you drive around it non-stop.

Ring of Kerry one of the best places to visit in Ireland

We took a whole day because we did stop in almost every place we could. There are many ruins, lakes, museums, and beaches. Between all the lovely things it offers, don’t miss Torc Waterfall. It’s beautiful (and better after heavy rain).

You can climb up around 100 steps to have a good view of Lake Leane, which is stunning during sunset! Another thing not to miss is Muckross Abbey. It’s in ruins, but it’s so beautiful! The ancient tree still grows in the courtyard and it’s magical.

Coming a bit away from the ring, but still, in the area, you should visit Skellig Ring and, while there, Valentia Island. It has the gorgeous Fogher Cliffs – and it’s just so much less crowded than the Cliffs of Moher!

It’s not as big as, but it’s just as cool! County Kerry is just the best place for a road trip in Ireland! Don’t miss it!

Dingle

By Lamar and Courtney from Travel For Days

Dingle is the unannounced gem of what is already a beautiful island: Ireland. Bearing the name of its’ peninsula, it has a notable amount of natural charm and prestige condensed into a small area.

The drive out from Killarney, the nearest bigger town, is stunning. With puzzle-piece farm plots, vivid green and heather valleys, backdropped by that marquee Ireland-gray sky and hills in all directions, the drive may take you longer than expected…but that just means you’re doing it right! The town is lovely and focused around the smaller, but well-functioning harbor.

To really get a feel for the area, getting out on the water is a borderline necessity. Here is where the fun starts! For just 16 euro per person (for adults, 8 euro per child) you can buy a ticket to hop on a dolphin tour. We hired the tour provided by Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours, and the couple that run the operation were super kind and extensively knowledgeable about the history of the harbor.

Better yet, after running this eco-friendly boat tour for quite some time, they have developed a friendship with Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin, and he essentially swims out to play with the boats. After watching some of the horrific documentaries on Sea World and their treatment of animals, it was very cool to see the mindset they have maintained for the tour.

They’ll happily refund you your money if the Dolphin isn’t spotted.

Put another way, they don’t force Fungie to do anything he doesn’t want to do. This town will etch itself onto your mind, and into your heart! As a final fact of note, parts of the latest Star Wars film were shot on Skellig Michael, a stunning Island, moments outside of the harbor by boat.

Ancient East

By Gemma from Two Scots Abroad

Ireland – Guinness, singsongs and crazily friendly people. Unfortunately, when most people think of Ireland they automatically assume that Dublin is the go-to attraction but Ireland is so much more than its capital city.

Spend a few days in the city then depart Dublin for this Ireland’s Ancient East itinerary, jam-packed full of food, drinks, and stories. Starting at Killashee Hotel, once home to a boys school, stroll the 280 acres of beautiful garden taking in the fresh air.

Next, lunch at the Green Barn Restaurant on the grounds of the Georgian Burton House villa. Watch the veg grow in the garden in front of your very eyes. Now you’ve fed the belly, it’s time to feed the brain with a walking tour in the city of Kilkenny.

Stop off at Smithwicks for a tour of the distillery and a sip of fresh beer.

It’s not a long way to Tipperary from here, relax at the Georgian Hotel Minella, dine in Cashel, and listen to the locals, they have a story, or two, to tell.

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Have you added Ireland to your bucket list? Which of these places are you going to visit?

Safe Travels, Arzo

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