The Wonderful Barn: Leixlip, Co Kildare

This bizarre structure was commissioned by Katherine Connolly, widow of the extremely wealthy William ‘Speaker’ Connolly. She had it built in 1743 not only as a working grain store, but as an eye catching architectural feature. It is said she started the project to keep the locals employed after a severe famine in 1740-41. Read […]

Continue Reading ...

Brandon Point, Mountain, and Village: Brandon, Co Kerry

Brandon is a much-bypassed area of the Dingle Peninsula, north of Dingle via the Conor Pass. Continue along the road to the sleepy, charming village. Check out the lovely beach and wild Atlantic waters. Drive farther and get up to Brandon Point, a fantastic view of the ocean from an observation deck. This is also […]

Continue Reading ...

Wine Strand Beach: Ballinrannig, Co Kerry

This lonely, windswept beach has a quiet beauty broken only by the tufts of sea grass that flutter in the strong wind, and the sea-black rocks the waves crash upon. It’s just off the Dingle loop, on the north end of the peninsula. There are a couple dinky caravans for rent there, which remind me […]

Continue Reading ...

Knockroe Passage Tomb: Knockroe, Co Kilkenny

Knockroe Passage tomb can be found on the picturesque slopes above the Lingaun River. Originally Knockroe would have been a similar tomb to Newgrange, albeit on a smaller scale, and like Newgrange, Knockroe too is aligned with the Winter Solstice. Knockroe has two burial chambers which are exposed as they long ago lost their earthen […]

Continue Reading ...

Uragh Stone Circle: Derrynamucklagh, Co Kerry

Nestled in a gorgeous valley, often filled with mists, Uragh Stone Circle lies on a low spit of land between Lough Inchiquin and Lough Cloonee in Gleninchiquin Park, on the Ring of Beara. The road in is narrow, winding, and a bit concerning at places, but it is well worth a trip in. There are […]

Continue Reading ...

Cashelkeelty Stone Circles: Lauragh, Co Kerry

As you drive out along the north edge of the Ring of Beara, you will pass Lauragh, and then see a forest to your left. There is a small turn in – don’t stop at the first one, go on to the second one. There are paths at both, but the second one will take […]

Continue Reading ...

Haroldstown Dolmen: Acaun, Co Carlow

The absolutely stunning portal tomb at Haroldstown is one of the finest examples of its type in Ireland. This Neolithic tomb consists of two large capstones supported by ten vertical stones. There are suggestions that this tomb was actually used as a home for a family during the nineteenth century, with the gaps between the […]

Continue Reading ...

Celtic and Prehistoric Museum: Ventry, Co Kerry

Harris Moore, an American ex-pat, started this private museum about 10 years ago, and has a wonderful collection of items, ranging from ancient bones and artifacts to more recent local crafts in his shop. The collection impressed me, and I’m not easily impressed! This is a fantastic stop on your way around the Dingle loop, […]

Continue Reading ...

Delicious Tea and Pancakes at The Strawberry Field: Blackwater, Co Kerry

The Strawberry Field is a fantastic tea and crepe/pancake restaurant, just 4k from Molls Gap on R568. We got there 15 minutes before closing, and had a much-anticipated afternoon tea with delightful, delicious, delectible crepes. We got several types of tea to share – Strawberry Vanilla, Blackcurrant, and Peppermint Tea. I ordered a lemon/honey crepe, […]

Continue Reading ...

Coomanaspig Pass: Near Port Magee, Co Kerry

Described as one of the highest places in Ireland to be reached by car, the Coomanaspig (Coomaneaspaig/Coom an Aspaig) Pass along the Skellig Ring in Co. Kerry, offers sweeping views that are unparalleled in the country. Located mid way between Ballinskelligs and Port Magee along the Skellig Ring Road, the steep mountain pass isn’t for […]

Continue Reading ...

Exclusive Updates