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Beyond Glendalough’s Monastic City

The monastic city of Glendalough, just south of Dublin, is popular with tourists for its wonderful restored round tower, church, and picturesque views. But few tourists take the time to wander beyond the once bustling settlement and into the beautiful valley of the two lakes. In the Glendalough Valley are 9 marked walks of varying difficulty. […]

Meeting the Puffins on Skellig Michael: Co Kerry

A trip to Skellig Michael sometimes includes a rough sea crossing, but a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site proves to be one of the most unforgettable experiences in Ireland. The island rises sharply out of the ocean and visitors are able to climb over 600 feet above sea level along stone stairs that […]

The Long and Winding Road to Gleninchaquin: Beara Peninsula, Co Kerry

Hidden in a scenic glacial valley less than 20 miles from Kenmare is Gleninchaquin Park. A small one-track road meanders deep into the Beara Peninsula. At one point an even smaller side road leads to Uragh Stone Circle. As you near the park the vista opens to dramatically display Inchaquin Falls cascading about 300 feet […]

The Lucky Ducks of St Stephen’s Green: Dublin

While St Stephen’s Green is popular with locals and visitors needing a break from the city, during the 1916 uprising, the park was a battle site. The grounds keeper of the day James Kearney wouldn’t let revolution endanger his rare breeds of ducks. He convinced both sides to stop fighting for one hour a day […]

A Walk to Roogagh Waterfall: Garrison, Co Fermanagh

  Located just outside of town, the five minute walk to Roogagh waterfall offers a great spot to stop and stretch your legs. The steepest part of the gravel-lined walk is at the very beginning; after that, it’s a pretty easy stroll. (Note: the water level was a bit low when I visited) More Photos: […]

Three Reasons to Visit the Irish National Stud: Kildare, Co Kildare

Just 30 miles from Dublin, the Irish National Stud is a perfect place to explore just after arriving in Ireland or a nice afternoon trip from Dublin. Three reasons you should visit: The Horses.  The birthline of horse racing royalty across the globe can be traced back to the Irish National Stud.  From the beautiful […]

Art, History and Room to Roam at Lough Boora Parklands: Leabeg, Co Offaly

This low lying bog area was once a major peat mining operation. But once the peat was cutaway, the land wasn’t left fallow. Instead a group formed and created an inviting parkland for everyone to enjoy. Lough Boora Parklands in County Offaly offer plenty of outdoor activities from cycling (bikes are available for rent) to […]

Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle: Birr, Co. Offaly

It’s not often that you find a mix of everything that makes Ireland magical in one spot, but that is exactly what you find at Birr Castle Demense. Historic castle- with aristocratic family still in residence. Check. Scenic parklands.  Check. Magnificent gardens.  Check. World changing scientific discoveries. What?  Not what you think of when you imagine Ireland? […]

Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is a wonderfully restored tower house, occupying a ancient site. The 16th century castle was home to the Barrymores a powerful branch of the Barry family and is in a bucolic setting near Carrigtowhill in West Cork. © 2013 Michele Erdvig IrelandYes: Barryscourt Castle Heritage Ireland: Barryscourt Castle

Cole Monument: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Cole’s Monument stands high on Fort hill within Forthill Park & can be seen from anywhere in the town below. It was built in honour of Sir Galbraith Cole, who was one of Wellington’s generals and the son of the first Earl of Enniskillen. Started in 1845, it took 12 years to complete. 180 spiral […]

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