Things not to do in Ireland…
Add to already congested roads, especially in summer. There are great vacations that take you across the island, north and south, by train. You can also sail there from Scotland, and hiking trails abound, with a well oiled infrastructure of guesthouses, restaurants and of course pubs en route to give walkers the traditional Irish welcome. As well as walking vacation companies that transport your bags for you, as you mosey over mountains and seek out secret coves.
Ignore Northern Ireland. The mountains, lakes, rivers and coast that Ireland is famous for, don’t stop because of a line on the map. Although sadly, some tourists still resist it because of years of conflict. This officially came to an end in 2007 when, after years of negotiations following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, both sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide came together to form a government. From super chic Belfast, to the colossal Causeway Coast, walk the highways and byways of Northern Ireland, and go in peace.
Having said that, do read up on politics before you go. It is not uncommon for English people to visit and say things like “I really don’t get the Irish problem. You are all so friendly. How come you don’t get along?” Read up on the 800 years of history just a bit, and you will see why ill informed comments won’t get Irish eyes smiling. Oh, and nor will “top of the morning to you”. Because no one actually says that in Ireland.