Visitors guide to the Skellig Rocks - Little Skellig and Great Skellig

Visitors guide to the Skellig Rocks – Little Skellig and Great Skellig

The Great Skellig, also known as Skellig Michael is a set of rocks which tower on the Atlantic Ocean about 12 kilometers from Kerry County. This destination has been chosen by a group of ascetic monks as a dwelling location. They came here between the 6th and the 8th centuries in order to pursuit a closer relationship with God. Here they have built a monastery which stands even today and can be visited. In the 13th century the monks have moved back to the mainland but kept the monastery on th... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Dowth – burial chambers, art and winter solstice

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Dowth – burial chambers, art and winter solstice

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. Dowth might not be as widely known as the other tombs but it is just as much valuable and worth visiting. This monument was most probably built about 5000 years ago just like the others. What is different about it though is that unlike Newgrange and Knowth, Dowth can be visited directly. Here you can take a look at the ... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Knowth – tombs and history after the building period

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Knowth – tombs and history after the building period

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. After Newgrange, Knowth is a remarkable prehistoric memorial site, which is basically a large dune with two passage tombs enclosed by 18 smaller dunes. The large mound lies on approximately half a hectare and it is called Site 1. The entrances are dotted with unusual rocks like granite or quartz. The smaller tombs, of w... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne – art, tombs and stones at Newgrange

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne – art, tombs and stones at Newgrange

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. The most known of these three Irish passage tombs is Newgrange which dates back to approximately the 2nd or 3rd century BC. The diameter of the whole monument site is about 80 meters. The most outstanding piece among the stones is the one called the Entrance Stone which is beautifully decorated. Tombs and stones The mo... [ read more ]

Visitor’s guide to Brú na Bóinne art – carvings, tombstones and monuments

Visitor’s guide to Brú na Bóinne art – carvings, tombstones and monuments

Traditions of the past are present in many things. They are present in the everyday lives of the people, in their celebrations and festivals, in their architecture and last but not least in art. Every country, region and town has their own unique style that represents them as a nation, as a community. In Brú na Bóinne, Boyne Valley art has an important role. The monuments are featured by combinations of triangles and spirals, arcs, chevrons and lozenges which you can see on tombstones and a... [ read more ]

Visiting Brú na Bóinne: archeological site and world heritage

Visiting Brú na Bóinne: archeological site and world heritage

Brú na Bóinne is an archeological site and a valuable natural heritage located in the eastern region of Ireland, about 40 kilometers from Dublin, between Drogheda and Slane. The name itself, Brú na Bóinne means mansion or palace of the Boyne. This important archeological landscape is famous for its three gigantic passage tombs: Dowth, Knotwth and Newgrange. They are said to have been build in the Neolithic Age or presumably in the Late Stone Age. Knowth contains the biggest set of megalit... [ read more ]

Best traditional Irish dishes - food trails in Ireland

Best traditional Irish dishes – food trails in Ireland

There are many things which can make a holiday memorable and enjoying some lovely and delicious dishes can be part it. Travel through Ireland and experience the country’s special dishes and foods. Try all the local delicacies at restaurants, attend food festivals, go to cookery school and savor the Irish flavors. Enjoy deliciously prepared meals made of local ingredients by local chefs who bring you traditional dishes and can also prepare anything from contemporary Irish cuisine. The Irish c... [ read more ]

The best tourist attractions in County Galway

The best tourist attractions in County Galway

Galway is famous for its wonderful geographical features, as the Mountain Ranges with the Twelve Bens which dominates the Connemara skyline. There you will find many islands off the coast, such as the Aran Islands which is one of the most beautiful attractions in County Galway. It has limnetic lakes, with salmon, coarse and trout fish. in abundance. County Galway has many blue flag beaches. The most popular and largest beaches are in Connemara. In Galway you can explore the greatest castles i... [ read more ]

The best film locations for Braveheart

The best film locations for Braveheart

Probably there is no one that never heard about Braveheart. And probably every person who saw the film was emotionally affected by this amazing movie. I am sure everybody knows the story but who noticed those beautiful sceneries? I was impressed! Some parts of the film was shot in Ireland, especially in Dublin city. Tom Sanders, the production designer, does a perfect job when dressed up the Irish castles. He insured authentic backdrops for the scenes filming there. The English town of ‘Y... [ read more ]

Dublin's Phoenix Park, the largest city park in the world

Dublin’s Phoenix Park, the largest city park in the world

Thew city of Dublin is not the largest capital in Europe, nor the most modern, but it has something that many larger and more glamorous cities lack: it has heart. Dublin is infused with an inimitable charm and a flair for making even the most ordinary walk on the streets seem exciting. The quaint combination of historical places and modern buildings is essential to Dublin's personality, but so are the green spaces where people can feel like being in the middle of nature for a short while. Th... [ read more ]