OVERVIEW

For most of us, the great links seem to start and end with St. Andrews and the other well known venues of the Open Championship in Scotland and England like Carnoustie, Turnberry, Royal Lytham and St Annes etc. But venture out further east and you will find hidden, some of the finest jewels of true links Golf sculpted into beautiful links land on the east coast around Dublin, Northern Ireland and the South West coast.

From enjoying the famous Guinness in the lively pubs in Dublin to the joys of fishing in the Killarney lake surrounded by two lovely Golf courses, one cannot simply find a more satisfying experience in terms of the sheer variety and links and parkland Golf combined with the friendliest and warmest folks in this part of the world. The weather is driest between March and July though rains are unpredictable.However, due to the warm westerlies from the Atlantic ocean, the climate in Ireland turns out being surprisingly Golf friendly through most of the year.

What is more exciting is that the courses have retained their pristine quality ironically due to their isolation( which is of course the reason why the Open championships have never been held on any of these gems!) and hence give you a links golfing experience you probably will not get anywhere else in the world.

BEST TIME TO GOLF IN NORTHERN IRELAND: Weather in Ireland can be unpredictable.  But the summer months of May to August are the best time to visit the country when the temperatures are warm and the days long.

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THINGS TO DO

Visit the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve. The Giants Causeway is essentially an area of coastline and cliffs with very unusual and distinctive volcanic stone formations. Take a walk on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge which is a rope bridge connecting the mainland to a sort of island. Visit the Marble Arch Caves (Fermanagh), one of the largest geoparks and cave networks in Europe and check out the Ulster American Folk Park, Northern Ireland Visitor Attraction in County Tyrone open air museum explaining story of emigration from Ulster to North America in 18th and 19th centuries.

Don’t miss the Titanic experience in Belfast for an unforgettable journey into the ill-fated history of the ship.

USEFUL INFO

GETTING THERE: Dublin has an international airport and is well connected to both long haul destinations and within Europe as well

The distances within Ireland are easily covered by road. With perfect picturesque countryside, driving your own rental car could be the best way to move around Ireland. 

CURRENCY: Euro (EUR) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 0.8 EUR (Currency Converter)

VISA: Nationals of EU countries and other Western nations do not need a visa to enter Ireland. Visit for more information on Ireland’s visa requirements.