Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rick Steves' Ireland 2008 (Rick Steves' Country Guides)” as Want to Read:
Rick Steves' Ireland 2008 (Rick Steves' Country Guides)
Who but Rick Steves can tell travelers the best way to see the Dingle Peninsula, Kilkenny, Dublin, Galway, Belfast, the Antrim Coast, and Portrush? With Rick Stevesâ€™ Ireland 2008, travelers can experience the best of everything the Emerald Isle has to offer — economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, this guide includes opinionated coverage of both fa...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published December 28th 2007 by Rick Steves
(first published December 1st 2001)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Apr 09, 2009 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in "off the beaten path" travel
I resisted, I will admit, picking up a Rick Steves' guidebook ... by my co-worker swore by it and, my word, it was so much more digestible than the other ones I'd been attempting to slog through! It keeps things short and sweet, and focuses on the types of sites that I am interested in. The book focuses on helping you construct a great trip, rather than telling you everything there is to know about any noteworthy (or not so noteworthy) sight in the country. The writing is diplomatic, but doesn't ...more
Not as impressed with the "back doors" in this book as I have been with other guides of his I've used in the past. Maybe he's become too popular since I last went to Europe many years ago. Stayed in a B&B recommended in his book and it was nice, but also booked almost solid with Americans. Where's the fun in that? His sleepy back door town of Dingle felt very touristy, was the most booked up of any place we stayed in Ireland, and what the roads lacked in tour buses they more than made up for ...more
I was in Ireland for 14 days. I took a Paddywagon 10 day all Ireland tour (which was amazing!), so I only needed a guide book for Dublin. I still used it as a reference during the tour. I found it to be a pretty good resource. It would have been nice if there was more context as to why the interesting sites were worth seeing. Also, like most guide books, there is extensive advice on hotels, but that seems of limited use with the internet.
Rick Steves is a good guide because he showcases the best things to see and is honest about other things that aren't worth the time. His opinion comes out loud and clear, which bugged me at times, but he is sensible about price (Fodor's tends to cater to higher income folk in comparison). Rick's books are shorter too, so I suggest comparing them w/ another travel guide.
Jul 30, 2007 Dustin Wiyrick rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to go to Ireland
Just returned from Ireland. This book never let us down in its suggestions. Where to stay, eat and see without spending too much or getting too touristy. I am convinced that I will never need to read another series of guidebooks when going to Europe.
Excellent resource for our Ireland trip. In particular it helped us discover places like Dingle Town and Kinsale, which we never would have considered otherwise. Thanks to this book we learned that Ireland is about a lot more than Dublin!
Very helpful but only for self guided tours. He leaves out whole chunks of the country. If Rick doesn't like it, Rick doesn't write about it. I found his tone a bit patronizing at times. I think I can decide for myself where I want to tour and where not, thank you.
Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies.More about Rick Steves...