Flights to Ireland – The Land of dramatic castles and great beer
An island in north-western Europe, Ireland is a small country with a big reputation. It is a land of fascinating landscapes and friendly people. The Irish summer is
colorful and vibrant, with festivals celebrating literature to flowers in bloom. The country is historically rich, dotted with prehistoric monuments, looming castles
and ruins of the monastic past. You must visit this small country to experience its vibrant music, beautiful landscapes, its famous whiskey, and beer.
Best time to visit Ireland
Because of the influence of the warm Gulf Stream along its western coast and reviling southwesterly winds, Ireland has a moist, mild climate. The temperature varies
between 4 - 7 °C in winter (January to February), 14 - 16 °C in summer (July and August). The sunniest months are May and June, making it the best time to visit
Flights to Ireland
The busiest airport in Ireland is the Dublin Airport, operated by the Dublin Airport Authority. It serves as the headquarters of the regional airline, Stobart Air,
Ireland's flag carrier called Aer Lingus, ASL Airlines Ireland, and Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, together with two more airlines, Norwegian Air
International and CityJet. The airlines operating connecting flights from India to Ireland are Aeroflot, Air France, Air India, Australian Airlines, British Airways,
Emirates, Etihad Airways, and so on. However, there are no direct flights from India to Ireland.
Accommodation in Ireland
From historical manors to gorgeous castles, funky hostels to expensive boutiques, Ireland offers a gamut of accommodation options for every budget. Dublin has no
shortage of landmark castles, five-star hotels, and grand country houses. Most of the tariffs for hotels start at INR 12,500 (approx.). For budget-friendly
accommodations, you can choose to stay at Glendalough. There are many dorms, chalet-style lodges, and hostels, costs starting at INR 3,500 (approx.) per night.
Things to see and do in Ireland
Tourists flock to Ireland to view the historic ruins and scenic castles. The most famous castle is the Blarney Castle in Cork county, where on kissing the Blarney
stone you are believed to attain the gift of gab. According to old Irish traditions, this stone blesses people who hang upside down and kiss it.
Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, receives the most number of visitors. The Trinity College in Dublin is a must-visit. A world within a world, this college is
famous for the mind-boggling Book of Kells (a manuscript containing the four gospels) and the awe-inspiring Long Room (largest library in Ireland).
Ireland is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Brú na Bóinne Gallery, the Skellig Michael Gallery, and the Tentative List Gallery. The most visited is the
Brú na Bóinne which showcases a vast assortment of subterranean burial chambers, imposing monoliths, and other remnants of the ancient Celts who occupied the region
thousands of years ago, before the birth of Christ.
The Killarney National Park in County Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher are must-visits for nature enthusiasts. The oldest in Ireland, this national park is home to the
only remaining herd of red deer of the country. The most popular spots in Killarney National Park are the Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, sprawling Oak Woodlands, and the
Yew Woodlands. The cliffs of Moher are visited by hordes of people from across the world each year. They rise some 214 meters at their highest point and stretch for
eight kilometers along the Atlantic.
The other attractions are Glendalough and Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Dalkey and Killiney on Dublin's south coast, and
the Aran Islands.
Eating out in Ireland
All traditional meals in Ireland involve potato, meat, and cabbage, and the spices are limited to pepper and salt. Some of the local specialties include Champ (mashed
potatoes served with spring onions), Boxty (potato pancakes), Seafood Pie (fish served with cheese and mashed potato), Irish stew, and Colcannon (cabbage and mashed
potatoes). Home to some of the finest whiskey in the world, no trip to Ireland is complete without trying a pint or two.
Shopping in Ireland
The must-buy items in Ireland are Irish whiskey, Aran sweaters, Irish crystal, Tweed clothing, linen, and pottery. Irish milk chocolates, leather goods, scented
candles, and soaps are also very popular buys.
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Ireland?
From India, Air Arabia offers the cheapest airfares.
•What is the time difference between India and Ireland?
India is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of the Irish time zone.
•What is the average time taken to reach Dublin from major Indian cities?
Delhi to Dublin : 12 hours and 25 minutes
Mumbai to Dublin : 12 hours and 50 minutes
Bangalore to Dublin: 15 hours and 25 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Ireland from India?
From India to Russia, the flights lay over at Paris, London, Doha, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Amsterdam, and many other international cities.
Click on the Lowest Fare Finder on the Yatra homepage for cheap air tickets.