Ireland moves at a civilised pace, so escape the madness and enjoy the island in your own time
Compact is the key word when it comes to Ireland, which means that the countryside and cities can be as challenging or as relaxed as you like
Ireland’s cities are modest in terms of size, with galleries, museums and sights of interest generally located within a small enough city centre. Our cities are easy to navigate on foot, and you'll usually find another place of interest within a five-minute walk.
Most of our cities have hop-on/hop-off tour buses, which will whizz you between the sights from the comfort of your seat, allowing you to hop off and back on whenever you like. Belfast is famous for its Black Cab Taxi Tours, another exertion-free way to see the city, as well as being unique to the Northern Ireland capital.
Many of the island’s most popular sights, such as Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway and Ring of Kerry, are served by half-day or whole-day bus tours, usually from the nearest city. If necessary, check with the tour operator in advance on whether the bus is wheelchair accessible.
There are plenty of discounts available for senior citizens. Ask about concessions at the desk for theatres, museums, cinemas, tours, and bus and rail stations. Identification will be required so have a driver’s license or photo identification handy.
Some companies have age limits for renting cars, so do check by phone.
Long-haul flights can mean jet lag and tiredness for some. This may only set in hours after arrival, but it is advisable to allow for a day or two of rest after a long haul flight before any long activities or a long drive.