Where would we be without our smart phones? Whether it’s getting directions, finding the best places to eat, or connecting with friends, we are all pretty dependent on our little hand-held devices. Tech-savvy travelers rejoice! Here’s our list of the 10 best apps for helping you to get the most of your holiday in Ireland.
Travel Like a Local
Timetables are confusing and ever-changing. Just enter your location, destination and desired departure time into this handy little app. You’ll be presented with a list of ways to get there. It gathers data from rail, tram, and bus to get you from A to B with as little stress as possible.
Movies, concerts, comedy, plays and everything in between. No matter what part of Ireland you’re in, the entertainment.ie app lets you know what’s on.
The Gaelic Athletic Association promotes Gaelic games and Irish culture. Have you ever heard of those mythical Irish sports, hurling and Gaelic football? The Official GAA App provides users with information on upcoming matches, news, results, photos, videos, and venue information. Once you see these sports played live, you’ll be hooked.
The popular language learning app just introduced an Irish package. Over 94,000 people use the Irish language as a part of their daily lives. See if you can pick up a focal or two using this great app. There’s nothing quite like ordering a pint of Guinness as Gaeilge.
Crazy data rates got you down? These two apps will help with that. Wifi Finder allows you to download an offline database of WiFi networks near wherever you’re going to be. WiFi Map is a social network of sorts in which users post passwords for networks in cafes and pubs. Both make your life much easier!
See It All
The Wild Atlantic Way stretches from Donegal to Kerry along the entire west coast of Ireland. This app has information on just about everything along the drive. It even has a “hidden gems” function. This sends out a notification to your phone as you approach a local treasure. Best of all, this app also works offline. So you can use it on the move without incurring roaming charges.
An app created by Kerry City Council and supported by Failte Ireland can’t be bad! Destination Dingle Peninsula features a photo gallery, map view of nearby activities, restaurants, and accommodation, and has a link to social media updates. It even has a “My Plan” section which allows users to save their itinerary.
This guide has up-to-date information on what’s happening all over Ireland. It also has 14,000 pre-loaded data points which can be accessed without an internet connection. The augmented reality feature is also very handy for helping to navigate large busy cities by foot.
Georgina Campbell’s guide is one of the most trusted independent travel guides to Ireland. And it’s now available on-the-go! Find restaurants, tours, guesthouses and anything else you can think of.
For a truly unique and eco-friendly holiday, check out the fantastic Ireland Green Travel app. It will direct you to bike-friendly public transport, the lushest hiking trails, and the best surf spots. It also features a list of green accomodation including lakeside houses, community-run hostels, and yurt camps. Author Catherine Mack is a travel writer who specializes in eco, responsible, green, and ethical tourism.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab you phone and book that trip! Ireland is waiting.