Europe has always been on the travel bucket list for most Indian outbound travellers and now they are choosing more offbeat countries rather than the standard France, Italy, UK, Germany etc. Ireland is certainly attracting a reasonable share of tourists and last year
|Location / Language
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth covering an area of around 84,000 sq km with a population of 6.53 million with Dublin as its capital.
Irish is the national language and the first official language, with English being the second official language, as per their Constitution.
|Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures/ exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
Indian National visitors (Passport holders) travelling to Republic of Ireland require an Irish visa. Indian national visitors to Northern Ireland require a UK visa. The new British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) allows a short stay applicant from India to travel to and around both the UK and Ireland with only one visa. They can apply for a visa online or offline through their travel agent.
Currency & Conversion :
|Part of Ireland
||Rs. 1 = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04
|Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Ireland
- Cliffs of Moher – Just north of Lahinch, on the coast of West Clare, and boldly facing the Atlantic, the Cliffs of Moher are the highest cliffs in Europe. The cliffs are also the site of ancient buildings once used as watch towers to warn of invading Vikings. From its vantage point you can view the Clare coastline, the Aran Islands and mountains as far apart as Kerry and Connemara.
- Kilarney National Park - Standing close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes that are famed worldwide, this former mansion oozes the grandeur and gentility of bygone days. The house and gardens are a real treat and there are Jaunting Cars (Killarney's famous horse & traps) to take you around the grounds in style. The adjacent Traditional Farms are also well worth taking in for a taste of how the ordinary folk once lived.
- Trinity College & Book of Kells – Ireland's oldest university, Trinity College founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity is a world within a world, once you enter the gates and cross the cobblestones, it's as if the modern, thriving city outside simply melts away. A stroll in and around the grounds is a journey through the ages and into the hushed world of scholarly pursuit. The college is famed for its priceless treasures including the awe-inspiring Book of Kells (on permanent exhibition) and the mind-boggling Long Room (the inspiration for the library in the first Harry Potter movie).
- Kilmainham Gaol – It was here that the leaders of the 1916 Uprising were brought and, after being convicted of High Treason, executed in the prison yard. Dating from 1796, the prison was a dank vile institution that housed those guilty of such misdemeanours as being unable to pay their train fares and, during the famine, the destitute and hungry. In Irish eyes, Kilmainham became an irrevocable symbol of oppression and persecution. A visit here will open one’s eyes and senses and create an indelible mark.
- Powerscourt House and Gardens - Superb views, serene lakeside walks, and the stunning backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain make up this magnificent home. Now owned by the Slazenger family, the house is set on 47 manicured acres. Take time to stroll through the Rose and Kitchen Gardens and explore the beautiful Italian Gardens. There are more than 200 varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers, and particularly moving is a section where much-loved family pets were buried complete with headstones and inscriptions. On site, in the former Palladian home, are craft and design shops and an excellent café/restaurant.
- Rock of Cashel - Ireland's most visited heritage site, is situated upon a limestone rock formation in the Golden Vale. This magnificent group of Medieval buildings includes the High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 12th-century round tower, a 15th-century castle, and a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. The restored Hall of the Vicars Choral is also among the structures. It's also said that this was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster prior to the Norman invasions.
- Blarney Castle & Stone - The Blarney Stone sits high on a tower of Blarney Castle and supposedly blesses anyone who dares to hang their head over the parapets to kiss it with Irish grace and eloquence, the stone is not the only reason for visiting Blarney Castle. It was built more than 600 years ago by Irish chieftain Cormac McCarthy, and one can tour the massive stone building from its towers to its dungeons. Extensive gardens surround it, filled with stone features and secret corners.
- St Stephen’s Greens - Nowadays 'The Green', as it's known, boasts beautifully maintained gardens, the ubiquitous Duck Pond, a picturesque bridge, recreation grounds, mature trees to rest beneath, and a playground. Around the perimeter are many of Dublin's premier Georgian buildings as well as the iconic Shelbourne Hotel.
- Aran Islands - There are three islands, the largest being Inishmore, then Inishmaan, and the smallest is Inisheer. Wild, windswept, rugged, and utterly unique, the islands offer a visitor experience quite like no other. Once experienced, the great stone fort of Dun Aonghasa and the towering cliffs of Aran will never be forgotten. The local culture is quite different from that of the mainland, the archaeological heritage cannot be found elsewhere and the rich scenery is simply breath taking..
- The Giant’s Causeway – It is located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. According to Irish legend, the Irish Giant Fionn MacCumhaill threw huge stones into the Irish Sea in order to reach his wife in Scotland. The stones are known as the Giant’s Causeway. It's hard to believe that the strange uniform polygonal basalt rocks are not man-made but are the result of an eruption, which is the scientific explanation for this geographical anomaly.
|Things You Must Do in Ireland
- Walking around Grafton Street - So much more than a shopping street, Grafton Street is alive with buskers, flower-sellers, and performance artists. One will also find countless places to stop off and simply watch the world meander by. Café culture has taken off in the capital, and on a sunny day, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon and experience friendly, chatty service no matter where you go while being entertained.
- Drive around the Ring of Kerry – Easily Ireland's most scenic route, the Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is a journey with many jaw-dropping Atlantic Ocean views, stunning islands to visit, wild sweeping mountains, and many picturesque villages. This area boasts a range of outdoor pursuits including golf, water sports on pristine beaches, cycling, walking, horse-riding, and terrific freshwater fishing and deep-sea angling. For history enthusiasts, there are Ogham Stones, Iron Age forts, and ancient monasteries, all set against a canvas of striking landscapes.
- Visit the Guinness Storehouse - Seven floors of interactive experiences, tasting rooms and a bar take you through an unforgettable experience of the famous Irish stout – often called the Black Stuff – Guinness. The establishment is open seven days of the week and all-year round except on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and St. Stephen’s Day.
- Shop till you drop at the English Market - If one loves markets, the English Market in Cork is the perfect place for its organic products and artisan foods including chocolates and cakes, herbs and spices, cheese, meats and fruits and vegetables. Shopping here ranks among the best things to do in Ireland as the market has been in existence since 1788. It’s also a great place to chat with locals and sample delicious foods.
- Attend the Irish Maritime Festival - Make one’s way to Drogheda Port to experience one of the most exciting things to do in Ireland in June: attending the Irish Maritime Festival. The banks of the Boyne come alive as swimmers attempt the Boyne Swim and Tall Ships are open for exploration. One will also get to sample local culinary dishes at A Taste of Ireland’s Ancient East food and craft beer festival.
|Food on the Plate
Irish cuisine is the style of cooking that originated from Ireland, an island in the North Atlantic; or was developed by the Irish people. It has evolved from centuries of social and political change, and the mixing of the different cultures in Ireland, predominantly the English and Irish. The cuisine is founded upon the crops and animals farmed in its temperate climate.
Irish food one must try includes:
- Soda Bread – Every family in Ireland has its own recipe for soda bread, however, the basic ingredients don’t change (bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk form the raising agent, which is mixed in with flour) and nor does the way it’s eaten: sliced and spread liberally with butter.
- Irish Stew - Traditionally made with mutton, onions and potatoes and carrots with pearl barley, a spoonful of roux or sliced potatoes, stock and herbs – such as thyme, parsley and bay leaves.
- Colcannon & Champ – Can be vegetarian dishes, Colcannon is a classic, comforting mash of potatoes, cabbage (or kale) and butter (or cream), flavoured with spring onions. Champ is a similar, mashed potato favourite, flavoured with spring onions, milk and butter.
- Carrageen Moss Pudding – This traditional Irish pudding is made using Chondrus crispus, a species of red seaweed as a gelling agent, which can be combined with sugar, egg and vanilla extract to create a light, fluffy dessert, served chilled.
- Irish cream - It is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream and other flavours. It typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) level of 15 to 20% and is served on its own or in mixed drinks, most commonly Irish coffee. Normally had as a post dinner digestive.
|Indian travel insurance for Ireland
The cost of healthcare or medical treatment for Indians in Ireland is very expensive and without travel insurance, it can be traumatic. Being in a foreign country an Indian visitor may be exposed to other travel risks like loss of baggage, loss of passport, trip delay, trip interruption.. Buying adequate travel medical insurance is necessary as it would cover most of the medical expenses in case of sudden illness and injuries. Other benefits that are available are coverage for emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, personal liability…. Travel insurance India for Ireland is much cheaper when compared to destinations like Americas. Insurance should be purchased for “Excluding Americas” Plan.
Illustration for 15 days international travel insurance for Indians to Ireland.
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|Sum Insured($ USD) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 33
||Insured Age 63
|Excluding - $50,000
|Excluding - $250,000
|Excluding - $500,000