I've been to Ireland 3 times, and this book was extremely enlightening. If you intend to travel there, bring this book along. It describes many points of interest, of all kinds (touristy, like Blarney Castle; or off the beaten path, like Galarus Oratory), and it reviews hotels in a handy table. Colorful and insightful. When we go to Ireland we cover 1200 miles by rental car in 8 days. We design our own itinerary before-hand. This book was very good for preplanning and to bring along for the ride. It's lightweight and has a small shape so it fits into any daypack or glove compartment. You could use this book and a very good map (Michelin's road map is best) to see AND appreciate Ireland on a great vacation. Ireland travel books vary greatly on their accuracy (opening hours and directions of sights, for example), but this book was very accurate. Going on vacation to Ireland is fun and an adventure, bring this book along.