The weather in Ireland can be very varied but May is considered early summer so we should be looking at highs of between 60F to 64F (so both long and short trousers and sleeves!) The same can be said for the Republic of Ireland in September, though the mornings and evenings can be a little cooler.
What to wear?
We would recommend comfortable clothes & shoes for this tour. Guests often like to include a smart - casual outfit for dinner if you wish, however there is no pressure to follow a dress code. Layers suit the Irish weather best as there can be a cool breeze especially near the coast so we would say if you are used to warmer climates, a hat & a warm coat are essential. A packable light rain jacket & foldaway umbrella will come in handy as we will most likely have rain at some point during the tour.
Please ensure that you visit your doctor to enquire about any vaccination requirements you may need for your visit to Ireland.
Travelling with CPAP or other Medical Machines
Inform The Big Journey Company that you are travelling with such a device as early as possible and well before you travel. Also,
-Check that you have the correct electrical and voltage adapters for the country and accommodation you are visiting;
-Check with your airline that they allow your device to be carried as additional hand luggage and ensure that your device is easily accessible and properly labelled as medical machinery;
-Always carry a letter from your medical practitioner prescribing its use for you;
-Ensure you have details of your machine separately in case of the need to secure repairs/replacements whilst you are travelling;
-Check with your medical practitioner about the use of tap or bottled water in the event that distilled water cannot be sourced in the country you are travelling to.
Please note, if you require distilled or ionised water, you must inform The Big Journey Company of this at least two weeks ahead of travel so we are able to make preparations with our ground agents. There will be an additional charge for this.
At the time of writing , American, British & Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
For current information on visa requirements please check here.
The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland use the same plug connection as the UK (3 square prongs -Plug Type G) so a UK travel adapter is necessary if you are bringing an appliance with a different type plug. The voltage is 220/230V so please check the voltage and currency requirements of your electrical devices before you plug them in abroad as you may need a currency converter for some items. Most rooms will have hairdryers available in the room or available from the hotel reception.
Most of the hotels we are using offer laundry facilities.
In populated urban areas there should be good mobile signal but as we head into rural areas the signal may fluctuate. However the majority of our hotels have free WiFi so you won't be without communications for long.
In Northern Ireland the currency is the British Pound (GBP). The Republic of Ireland use the Euro as their currency. ATM's are frequent in both areas providing you with the opportunity to withdraw cash. We would suggest only carrying a small amount of cash with you as credit cards are widely accepted. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted. American Express/Diners only accepted in some locations. US $ are not accepted.
The Big Journey Company offers a tips package which ensures that our service providers all receive appropriate thanks for their part in making our tours memorable.
This includes: Transfers, Drivers, Guides, Porterage (where available), Meals when we eat as a group
Any other other assistance we receive during our tour.
This is $12 per person per day. If you wish to participate in this package please place your tips in an envelope with your names clearly marked and give it to your Tour Director at the welcome dinner.
If you do not wish to be part of this package please let your Tour Director know as we will start to distribute the tips for services received as soon as you arrive in country.
Hotels in Europe don't always provide face cloths in the bathrooms.