Berlitz Handbook Ireland is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to this fascinating destination, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities unique to Ireland – from exploring the country’s ancient Celtic sites and taking part in Dublin’s Bloomsday celebrations, to enjoying traditional music in a pub.
The guide starts with a rundown of Ireland’s Top 25 Attractions, ranging from the Giant’s Causeway to the view from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. In the Trip Planner you’ll find itineraries outlining how best to maximise your time on the Emerald Isle.
The Places Section tackles each of Ireland’s regions in turn – starting with the delightful capital city of Dublin and taking in the pretty southeastern areas of Kilkenny and Wexford; the dramatic landscapes of County Kerry and County Cork in the west; the wilds of Donegal; and the vibrant city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Each chapter is color-coded for easy reference, and features everything you’ll need to know about the sights and attractions in the area as well as maps to help you get around and carefully chosen listings of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, and get active. The Places section is interspersed with fully mapped tours, suggesting walks including around the Georgian architecture of Stephen’s Square in Dublin and the university district of Queen’s Quarter in Belfast, as well as dramatic driving tours through the Burren and Bantry Bay in Co.Cork, and Cultural Spreads that give a striking insight into an element of Ireland’s culture, from the St Patrick trail to old fortifications and summer festivals.
Further practical advice is provided in a chapter dedicated to accommodations, transportation, health and safety, money and budgeting, responsible travel, and family holidays. The Setting the Scene chapter is devoted to Ireland’s historical and cultural background, plus information on the country’s cuisine.