My grandfather fought here with the Leinster Regiment in 1915 and I'd done some research on the involvement of the 10th Irish Division in the Dardanelles Campaign. I thought I was prepared for what we would see as we have toured extensively in the battlefields in France from both World Wars. No research or reading could compare to the experience of seeing Suvla Bay or the Salt Lake and trying to imagine what it must have been like for my then 28 year old Grandad. Most tours are designed for Anzac tourists but we were able to go off piste and see the places where he would have soldiered, places like Chocolate Hill and Hill 60 together with all the little graveyards dotted around . We planned the trip for about 3 months before we went to ensure that we got the result we wanted. Our guide was more knowledgeable about the Anzac campaign and I probably knew more than he did about the Irish regiments battles.
It was a trip we were really glad we made. We also squeezed in Troy but it needs some TLC and we would not be in a rush to go back there but we will definitely be back to Gallipoli.
Around the big Turkish Memorials facilities are pretty basic and the food stalls are not great either so bring a big picnic and loads of water. It can be busy as It's very popular with Turks too, well it would be wouldn't it as they won and it brought Ataturk to the fore in Turkey, and he's still very much the hero and saviour.
BTW he survived, not only there but Palestine, Salonika and The Somme too and only died in 1954. He is buried in the British War Cemetery in Dublin.