Rick Steves Best of Ireland

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In Rick Steves Best of Ireland you'll find essential Rick-tested information on the following top destinations, plus brief coverage of several "Best of the Rest" cities and regions:

  • Dublin
    • Nearby: Valley of the Boyne
  • Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel
  • Kinsale
    • Nearby: Cobh and Blarney Castle
  • Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Town and Peninsula
    • Nearby: Blasket Islands and Tralee
  • County Clare
    • ​Ennis
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Doolin
    • The Burren
  • Galway
  • Aran Islands
    • Inishmore
    • Inisheer
  • Belfast
    • ​Nearby: Bangor
  • Portrush and the Antrim Coast
  • Best of the Rest
    • Wicklow Mountains
    • Connemara and Mayo
    • Derry
  • Practicalities
    • Self-guided walks
    • Easy-to-follow color maps
    • Gorgeously illustrated destination overview
    • ​Trip planning: Pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended two-week itinerary
    • City-specific advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
    • Transportation: Driving, buses, trains, and city transit
    • Irish history, culture, language, and cuisine
    • Advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints

What's the difference between this Best of Ireland book and Rick's complete Ireland guidebook?

Rick Steves Ireland, the complete guide, offers more coverage of more destinations in a mostly black-and-white format, and is updated annually.

The shorter Best of Ireland guidebook focuses on Ireland's top destinations and sights, is in full color, and is updated every other year.

Both books are packed with hand-picked recommendations and Rick's travel advice and tips for saving time, money, and hassle.

Should I get any of the Snapshot guides for Ireland in addition to the Best of Ireland guidebook?

Generally speaking, no — unless you want to really dive into Dublin (covered in-depth in Rick Steves Snapshot: Dublin but less comprehensively in Best of Ireland) or Northern Ireland (covered in Rick Steves Snapshot: Northern Ireland but less comprehensively in Best of Ireland).