The Castle of Trim

The Castle of Trim

If you are interested in the Middle Ages, Trim is a perfect detination for you. At only half an hour drive from Dublin, Trim has a beautiful old town and hosts many medieval ruins. Here you can admire the remains of the beautiful Gothic cathedral as a part of the nave and the altar can still be seen. It is interesting to see the bridge of St. Peter, considered the second oldest bridge in the country. The Newtown monuments consist of a large medieval cathedral and two small churches dating bac... [ read more ]

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 the medieval city of Clonmacnoise

Visiting the medieval city of Clonmacnoise

The beautiful medieval city of Clonmacnoise has been founded during the 6th century by St. Ciaran and it is one of the most important and is among the oldest settlements of Europe from the early Christian era. The settlement had great importance from strategic point of view as it was built in the middle of Ireland where a pristine roadway went through the Shannon River. Most of the buildings in Clonmacnoise are in ruins today but their aspect is still worth seeing just as much as the precious... [ 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 ]

Irish history: visiting the Cobh Heritage Centre

Irish history: visiting the Cobh Heritage Centre

During the second part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century many people left Ireland in hope to start a new life on the American continent. About 3 million people left Cobh during this time who aimed towards the American dream on the board of the Titanic, the Lusitania and other ships. The town of Cobh is a charming little settlement which is dominated by the St. Colman Cathedral and it is also home of the Cobh Heritage Center. Here you can walk the Titanic Trail and lea... [ read more ]

Visiting Barryscourt Castle

Visiting Barryscourt Castle

The castle of Barryscourt is a small tower house from the 15th century which used to be the home of a Norman family called De Barry for several centuries. Evidence proves that the castle has been inhabited for about a millennium. The fortified house was built by Phillip De Barry in 1202 for the purpose of dwelling in a country inhabited by families which were in constant conflict with each other. The building is protected by thick walls and inside it has a small chapel together with all sorts... [ read more ]

Visiting Achill Island – beaches, historical architecture and the Deserted Village

Visiting Achill Island – beaches, historical architecture and the Deserted Village

Achill Island is the largest island of Ireland which is located off the coasts of Mayo County. The island is abundant in history, packed with lots of evidence showing the presence of humans going back about 4000 years. Achill has beautiful and long sandy beaches which are never far away from any point on the island. Visit the small deserted coves and walk along soaring cliffs. The island is surrounded by clear Atlantic water which peacefully shines in the summer sun. If you pick the right mom... [ 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, the Stud Tour and the Japanese Gardens

Visiting Ireland, the Stud Tour and the Japanese Gardens

Ireland has a long history in horse breeding. There is a large and busy stud farm in Tully called the National Stud which among others is famous for its training center. Also while you are visiting we highly recommend you to stop by the two magnificent gardens: the Japanese Gardens and Commemorative Garden of St. Fiachra. Nature enthusiasts and horse lovers are both welcome in Tully. Join the Stud Tour, take a look at the finest stallions in Europe, see how the horses are trained and visit th... [ read more ]

Visiting Carlingford – history and sights

Visiting Carlingford – history and sights

Tourism is blooming in Carlingford. This amazing location has intangible local heritage and is 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. You can walk in the footsteps of great Celtic warriors like Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Cú Chulainn. There are many fun and adventurous activities waiting for you here... [ read more ]