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

  • 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

  • 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.

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Gobbins Cliff Path, 20 miles northeast of the city, has re-opened (again). It takes 2–3 hours to hike, and has views of the Irish Sea and its seabirds (£10 guided walk required, booking in advance recommended).

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.

For books printed before July 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Over the Top Tours is no longer operating in the Boyne Valley.
  • Walking tours in Trim are no longer offered by the Tourist Information office or the Medieval Trim Tours company.

County Clare & the Burren

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

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Hidden Ring Fort in the Burren is now blocked off and inaccessible.

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.

For books printed before Decmber 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Museum of Free Derry has reopened, in its usual Bogside location, after a major refurbishment.
  • Bloom's Café has closed.

Dingle

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

Donegal & the Northwest

  • 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 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.

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Old Jameson Distillery has reopened after renovations.
  • Cheaper off-peak tickets are now available for the Book of Kells (from when it opens at 8:30 until 10:00, and after 15:00); these times also come with fewer crowds.
  • The tourist information office at the airport has closed.
  • The Jurys Inn Custom House hotel is now run by Hilton.
  • The "Freedom Pass" is now called the "DoDublin Card," covering city buses, the Airlink Express bus from the airport, and the Do Dublin hop-on, hop-off bus.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Custom House Harbour apartments have closed.

Galway

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

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Clarevilla B&B in Salthill has closed.

Kenmare & the Ring of Kerry

  • 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.

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • To visit Skelling Michael, it is essential to book boat crossings from Portmagee at least several weeks in advance. Contact a boatman as soon as you know your dates. We recommend:
    • Patrick Murphy (tel. +353 (0)66/947-7156, mobile +353 (0)87-676-2983, murphysseacruises@gmail.com)
    • Joe Roddy (mobile +353 (0)87-284-4460)
    • Brendan Casey (tel. +353 (0)66/947-2437, mobile +353 (0)87-228-7519).

Kinsale & nearby

  • 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

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

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Ripley's Steak House has closed.

Portrush & the Antrim Coast

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.

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Skerries 9 Hole Links pitch-and-putt range has closed.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge now has a timed-entry system. The bridge opens at 9:30 and visitors are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. There are no advance reservations.

Waterford

  • Fork & Knife Bistro in Waterford has closed.

For books printed before December 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Mayor's Walk B&B has closed.

Westport & Connemara

  • 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).