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:
Nearby: Valley of the Boyne
Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel
Nearby: Cobh and Blarney Castle
Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry
Dingle Town and Peninsula
Nearby: Blasket Islands and Tralee
Cliffs of Moher
Portrush and the Antrim Coast
Best of the Rest
Connemara and Mayo
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).