Visiting Heywood Gardens

Visiting Heywood Gardens

Heywood Gardens used to be part of a grand mansion which was built in the 18th century by a very rich engineer and architect, Michael Trench, who designed it together with his friend, James Gandon. Heywood mansion has been the family residence of the Trenches until the 1930s. In 1951 the house was destroyed in a fire. The ruins have been demolished and a new modern school was built in its place nearby. At Heywood there are two gardens: the Italianate gardens and the outer parkland. The parkla... [ read more ]

Visiting Glencolmcille – the Folk Village Museum and the pilgrims

Visiting Glencolmcille – the Folk Village Museum and the pilgrims

The charming Glencolmcille is recommended for tourists who are trying to avoid crowds and just long to spend a lovely holiday in a fabulous and beautiful place. When you are traveling to Ireland no matter what the season is, the spectacular Glencolmcille will always be an ideal destination. There are no commercialized attractions and numberless visitor centers but it has magnificent natural surroundings. You can enjoy and explore beautiful mountain walks, go for a stroll on a secluded beach ... [ read more ]

Visiting Ireland, Tory Island

Visiting Ireland, Tory Island

Tory Island is a small place located near the coast of Donegal and is only about half a mile wide and 3 miles long. It can be reached only when the weather is in your favor which is why it is still barely inhabited. The island has a population of about 200 souls in four small towns: East Town, West Town, Newtown and Middletown. The island has remarkable scenery dotted with pink colored granite cliffs and rocks towering from the sea. Tory Island is a perfect location for bird watching. There ... [ read more ]

Visiting Ireland – day trip from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

Visiting Ireland – day trip from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

For those who wish to leave the air of the big city behind for a while we recommend this day trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Clare County. This touristic site is located on the western coast of Ireland and is about 214 meters high. From above you can enjoy an astonishing view over the west coast and the country side and the Atlantic Ocean. The trip includes several historical sites, pleasant walks and a visit to Burren National Park and of course the extraordinary Irish scenery. You will also... [ read more ]

Visiting the untamed Wild Wicklow – tour from Doublin through Glendalough

Visiting the untamed Wild Wicklow – tour from Doublin through Glendalough

On this amazing tor to Wild Wicklow you will have the opportunity to tastes some of the fine Jameson Irish whiskey, see beautiful mountains, visit the ancient ruins of Glendalough, enter a traditional Irish pubs and experience what is it like to be present in a place which you only saw in movies before. If you attend the tour, we will take you to some of the film shooting locations which you saw in Braveheart or P.S. I love you. Come and visit the homeland of Enya, Bono and movie director Nei... [ read more ]

Visiting medieval Ireland: Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula

Visiting medieval Ireland: Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula

Tourism is blooming in Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth. These amazing locations have intangible local heritage and are quite rich in culture and history. If you want to have a peak into medieval Ireland, Carlingford is the perfect place to look. The streets are made of cobblestone and filled with the finest dining places, designer shops and coffee houses. Visit the Cooley Peninsula and walk in the footsteps of great Celtic warriors like Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Cú Chulainn. Ther... [ read more ]

Visiting Ireland in the fall – Irish folk and walking festivals

Visiting Ireland in the fall – Irish folk and walking festivals

If you are looking for tons of fun Ireland is always up for a ride. This country is full of entertaining events and festivities throughout the whole year! In the autumn season you can attend several food festivals, fairs and many other events. Don’t be sad that summer is over because the fall is bringing you lots of distractions too. No matter that the days are shorter as cultural life is not going into hibernation just yet. Come and join the Folk festival in Cork or the Walking Festival in... [ read more ]

Visiting the Skellig Rocks

Visiting the Skellig Rocks

The Skellig Rocks 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 the island as a pilgrimage location. Later, in the 19th c... [ read more ]

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 ]