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Lonely Planet Ireland (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  367 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
A guide to the Emerald Isle, expertly researched by a local author and an experienced team of Ireland enthusiasts.
Paperback, 764 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Lonely Planet Publications (first published March 1994)
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Julie
Thank you GoodReads Angel for correcting the title of this travel guide!!

Hello Goodreads- could someone please correct the title of this book? It is Lonely Planet Ireland, although Lonel Ireland has a certain plaintive ring to it. But this kind of silliness bugs the crap out of me. Just sayin'

ANYWAY. Embarking upon fourth journey to Ireland in September. Buying this travel guide wasn't really necessary- we know where we will be for most our our stay: hiking the Ring of Kerry. Our lodging is alr
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Steffi
Jun 20, 2013 Steffi rated it it was ok
Shelves: bibliothek
When I moved to Ireland in January 2013 I took the up-to-date version of this Lonely Planet, hoping it would be an accurate guide for the Emerald Isle.

The common information sections within the book are pretty good, nicely written and quite informative. But when it comes to reviews on certain places writing becomes flapsy sloppy. The author(s) are very biased and sometimes you can feel an 'I can also tell bad things about a place since I am a LP author'-attitude. Sometimes attractions are talke
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Kelly
Mar 23, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prices are a little out of date now, looks like they need a new addition. I'm also extremely annoyed with some of their instructions for the locations of things. We drove through Church Hill 3 times looking for the Glenveagh National Park visitors center, when it was actually several miles out of town, and then later we drove all over the Boyne Valley looking for the visitor center for NewGrange because the guide's instructions for getting there were also confusing. But let's face it, finding an ...more
Lynn
Aug 18, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lonely Planet has moved from an outlier guide known mostly by the "backpacker" set, to the number one guide for most people. It was well earned, the company isn't about going to wealthy hotels and ritzy tourist traps but traveling on a lower budget and attempting to get to know a place better as well as seeing important sites in that country. Ireland is. Beautiful country and the Lonely Planet guide helps travelers plan a trip in which they stay in reasonable and safe hotels and hostels, recomme ...more
Chas Bayfield
Aug 14, 2014 Chas Bayfield rated it really liked it
This was great. A real insight into Ireland and the Irish. I only visited the North for a week and this book made me want to go back and explore the bits that aren't as famous as the Giants Causeway and the Titanic Exhibition. Newgrange seems out of this world and the Skelligs are there to be climbed. This book came out before the Titanic opened and also when Ireland was in the midst of an economic crisis that now seems long gone but it is still amazing. My only gripe, the occasional jokey tone ...more
Ivy
May 28, 2012 Ivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, travel-guide
Bought this for May 2012 trip to Ireland and found it to be a great reference guide. I originally borrowed the book version from the library and purchased the Kindle edition to avoid carrying a book on my trip. Besides not being able to see photos in color, I prefer the Kindle editions due to the search and bookmark functions.
In terms of content, this guide covered all the areas I traveled to (Dublin, Galway, Aran Islands, Cong, and Connemara) and was a great reference before and throughout the
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Elly
Mar 22, 2014 Elly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far I'm satisfied, as I found every information I need. As always all informations about sights, hotels, restaurants etc include opening hours and price (range). I'm currently planning a two week trip to Ireland by car and I'm really looking forward to see the National Parks, castels, the famous coastal areas and to enjoy lots of oysters. I guess, that I'll grab some additional information at local hotels and tourist informations but overall this guide should provide enough suggestions to pas ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 16, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great guide, as usual! The only quarrel I have is that they obviously can't update their reviews of every lodging/restaurant every year, and unfortunately I chose to stay at one that hadn't been updated--as a result, what had been advertised by LP as a Georgian townhouse turned out to be 2/3 crappy old hotel, where my room was located. And the breakfasts appear to have slid downhill as well. That would be Anchor Guesthouse in Dublin.
Jaclyn Harrison
Jan 28, 2012 Jaclyn Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, the Ireland book was good. Just a note for fellow travelers, though: if you fly into Dublin and are going to a different city, you can get the bus at the airport and do not need to pay the €6 per person to go to Busarus, the main bus station. Also, I was very disappointed that I did not get to see the seals that Lonely Planet said lived on the Dingle Peninsula. This is probably not their fault, but it still makes me sad!
Melanie
Feb 26, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, i-own, ch-2013
So much informations!
It as info for every kind of travellers, the ones who like to hike, the bookworms, the foodies ect...
Every county's places of interest are thoroughly described. Maps, transportations, pictures, bus tours and what not.
The book even has as section about the history and culture of Ireland, what to do and not do, and a little section about the Irish language.
Great tool for planning a trip, and making you want to get there ASAP.
Laura Beth
May 22, 2015 Laura Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
seems very helpful and detailed. will check back in after my trip. the $$ rates seem to be a bit off. higher end places are only $$ when I'd consider them $$$ or even $$$$ based on online booking rates.
Thomas Ryan
LP is better than the Fromner's guide but it's debatable if they're needed in this day and age. Learned more from searching the NY Times than either book. Their value is in providing a framework to search the Internet from for all the latest and greatest.
Sarah
Oct 26, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated how things were divided by counties, since I only plan on renting a car in the north.

I made a note of some of the restaurants/bars/attractions on my Google Map, but I bet I will still use Yelp and other online review apps when I'm on vacation.
Trebor
Aug 14, 2012 Trebor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great help to familiarize yourself before traveling to another country. It gives you some info. on sites, lodging, food, beverages, do and don'ts, cultural insights and much more. A good investment and companion for a trip.
Leslie
Jul 28, 2007 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people going to ireland
Shelves: travelguides
because i was travelling around with friends and an irshman, i did not use the lonely planet too much. but it was helpful in choosing areas to go to and finding hostels.
Carmen
Jan 27, 2008 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
I *love* this book. I am overly excited about my trip to Ireland, though i wish i could afford to be gone longer than 10 days.
René
Aug 03, 2011 René rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guides-de-voyage
Un incontournable de tous nos voyages, que je me suis plu à lire du début à la fin, y compris les endroits que nous ne pouvions pas visiter au cours d'une seule semaine - enchantée...
Mark
Aug 14, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lonely Planet Books are indispensable, I just wish they were better at referencing the map in the text, and the page ref from the map key.
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