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!

Aran Islands

For books printed before January 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Saturday night dances at Halla Ronain community center have been canceled.
  • The Man of Aran B&B outside of Kilronan has closed.

Belfast

For books printed before December 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).

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

  • The ferry from Belfast to Troon has been discontinued.
  • Bishop's fish-and-chips shop has closed.

Boyne Valley

For books printed before December 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.

Connemara & County Mayo

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

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

County Clare & the Burren

For books printed before December 2018, the following may 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 December 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 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.

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

  • The Derry Palace Hostel has closed.
  • Austin's Department Store has closed, after 186 years in business. (It was thought to be one of the oldest department stores in the world, predating both Harrods in London and Macy's in New York.)

Dingle

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

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

  • The Blue Zone no longer offers jazz performances.
  • The An Canteen restaurant has closed.

Donegal & the Northwest

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

Dublin

For books printed before December 2018, the following may 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.

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

  • The "Celtic Nights" dinner show with Irish music and dance is now only held at one location — the Parliament Hotel at the corner of Lord Edward Street and Exchange Street Upper.
  • The new GPO Witness History Exhibit is an immersive presentation on the 1916 Easter Uprising and its impact on Irish history; it's situated in the General Post Office, the building that served as the rebel headquarters.
  • Il Baccaro restaurant in Meeting House Square has closed.
  • The Newgrange shuttle bus between central Dublin and the burial tomb at Newgrange now limits its trips to parties of 10 or more people.
  • The Townhouse guesthouse near Connolly Station is closed.
  • The Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl that starts at Gogarty's Pub has gone up €1 to €13 (Rick Steves readers still get a discount with the online voucher code listed in the book).

Galway

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

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

  • Clarevilla B&B in Salthill has closed.

Kenmare & the Ring of Kerry

For books printed before April 2018, the following may 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

For books printed before January 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Crackpots restaurant is now called The Supper Club and features upscale meat dishes and cocktails.
  • At the nearby Cork Airport, the Radisson Blu Cork Airport is now the Cork Airport Hotel (tel. +353 (0)21/494-7500).

Kilkenny & Cashel

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

  • Ripley's Steak House has closed.

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

  • The Salt Yard restaurant has closed.
  • The La Trattoria restaurant is now called Ristorante Di Giacomo.

Portrush

For books printed before December 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 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

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

  • Mayor's Walk B&B has closed.

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

  • The Bistro on the Dole eatery is now called Fork & Knife Bistro, but still dishes out the same Polish food.