Guidebook Updates for Ireland

When we learn of important changes to the information in our guidebooks on Ireland, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Ireland

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • Irish banks now exchange money only for account holders (citing increased money laundering incidents). Understand rates and commissions before using private money-changing kiosks. (We recommend using a debit card to withdraw local cash from ATMs rather than exchanging US cash, and using credit cards for bigger expenses.)
  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold — but similarly priced Global Passes still are, and now they include Great Britain (see our 2019 rail-travel update).

Aran Islands

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • On Inishmore, the Bayview Restaurant is now the Rustic Rock. It’s still where you can rent an audioguide to tour the island on your own.
  • The Dormer House B&B now accepts reservations by email at dormerhouse@mail.com.

Belfast

For books printed before November 2018, the following may apply:

  • In the 5th edition of Snapshot: Northern Ireland, a printer's error on page 93 replaced the pound sign with the euro symbol in the Sleep Code. Please refer to the inside front cover for the correct price ranges for the Sleep Code.

Boyne Valley

For books printed before November 2018, the following may apply:

  • A new online booking option is available and recommended for visiting Newgrange, one of the ancient burial mounds of Brú na Bóinne in the Boyne Valley. Tickets can be booked online from 90 days up until 36 hours in advance.

County Clare & the Burren

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

Derry

For books printed before November 2018, the following may apply:

  • In the fifth edition of Snapshot: Northern Ireland, a printer's error on page 93 replaced the pound sign with the euro symbol in the Sleep Code. Please refer to the inside front cover for the correct price ranges for the Sleep Code.

Dingle

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

Donegal & the Northwest

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • In Dunfanaghy, the Whins B&B has closed. Instead try Anseo B&B.
  • In Dunfanaghy, The Mill plans to close its restaurant, but will remain open for lodging.

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

Dublin & nearby

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

  • A combo-ticket for the Trinity College tour and the Book of Kells is now available at the college entrance (a great deal at €14, since the Book of Kells is €14 on its own). If you already have a Book of Kells advance reservation (recommended), you can add the tour for €4 (buy at college gate, cash preferred).
  • It's smart to buy advance tickets online for the Guinness Storehouse. You'll save 10 percent on admission and avoid waiting in long lines outside the brewery. Visit by 10:30 for 20 percent off admission.
  • It's now worth buying online advance tickets to Kilmainham Gaol. Book online a few days before your visit to guarantee a spot on a tour. You can buy a ticket in person, but you'll likely wait in a long line, and walk-up spots go quickly.

Galway

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

Kenmare & the Ring of Kerry

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • There is no direct bus service from Kenmare to Dublin; instead, travelers should bus to Killarney and take the train from there.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also apply:

  • For those driving the Ring of Kerry, we recommend driving clockwise (not counterclockwise) around the Ring to avoid the gridlock often caused by tour buses.
  • Patrick Murphy of Murphys Sea Cruises to Skellig Michael has a new office phone number, website, and email address: +353 (0)87-676-2983, www.skelligcruises.com, murphysseacruises@gmail.com.

Kinsale & nearby

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • Citylink no longer runs buses between Cork Airport and Kinsale. Instead, take bus #226 (2/hour, 30 minutes, www.buseireann.ie).
  • In Kinsale, Desmond Castle may be closed to visitors.
  • In Cobh, Trade Winds pub and restaurant have closed.
  • In Kinsale, Twisted Tapas has closed.
  • In Kinsale, Bulman Bar no longer has traditional music.

Kilkenny & Cashel

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • Joy's Rockside House B&B in the town of Cashel has closed.

Portrush & the Antrim Coast

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

  • In the fifth edition of Snapshot: Northern Ireland, a printer's error on page 93 replaced the pound sign with the euro symbol in the Sleep Code. Please refer to the inside front cover for the correct price ranges for the Sleep Code.

Waterford

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • Fork & Knife Bistro in has closed.

Westport & Connemara

For books printed before January 2020, the following may apply:

  • In Cong, the Hungry Monk is no longer a café; it's now a craft shop.
  • In Westport, M.J. Hoban's Bar has closed.

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Boulevard Guesthouse in Westport can only be contacted using their mobile number (+353 (0)87-284-4018).