The traveler's guide to Blarney Castle

The traveler’s guide to Blarney Castle

The small town of Blarney eight miles north of Cork would be your run of the mill Irish town whereyou can spend your days walking the countryside, enjoying the local cuisine, and the brews in the pub. But Blarney has one very important thing that sets it apart from other towns: the famous Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold that became one of the celebrated attractions in Ireland. Whoever comes to visit County Cork inevitably ends up at Blarney Castle, either to revel in the historical atm... [ read more ]

The best outdoor activities in Ireland

The best outdoor activities in Ireland

Going to Ireland and spending all your time holed up in a pub is a much better idea than it might sound at first, because this is who you get to hear all the best stories, eat all the best food and meet all the best people. But on the other hand, the heart and soul of Ireland doesn't lie only in its culture ad its people, but also in its nature. Ireland's landscapes are famous: vibrantly green hills, scenic riversides, craggy mountains, stunning cliffs. Whenever the weather allows it, Irelan... [ read more ]

The best pubs on the Irish coast

The best pubs on the Irish coast

With a coastline of almost 1500 kilometers, circling the Emerald Isle would take quite some time, if you want to do it leisurely and properly. And if such a trip tempts you, and you're decided to walk, bike or drive around at least part of Ireland's dramatic coasts, there are two things you don't have to worry about: you'll never get bored of the scenery, and you'll never have to look for to find a nice pub where you can quench your thirst, sometimes even with a view to the ocean. Coastal to... [ read more ]

The best Irish villages for winter travel

The best Irish villages for winter travel

Many people like spending Christmas in large cities, where you can go on last minute hunts for presents, take a walk and marvel at the vibrant fairy lights and Christmas decorations, and soak in the Christmas rush. However, the discreet charm of rural winter holidays is not lost of many travelers, and those who want to spend their Christmas in an intimate setting where they can focus on loved ones, friends or themselves will find a welcome respite from the urban jungle in one of the many Iri... [ read more ]

The most beautiful churches in Ireland

The most beautiful churches in Ireland

Religion has long been an important part of Irish cultural identity, and while that doesn't mean that religion is a common small talk topic at the pub, anyone who has traveled to Ireland can see that religious architecture and places with spiritual meaning are quite easy to find wherever you go. Even if you are interested in churches only as far as architecture goes, there are a lot of religious buildings that can catch the eye of the traveler in Ireland. Century old churches in a variety of... [ read more ]

The best live music pubs in Ireland

The best live music pubs in Ireland

There are many kinds of pubs in Ireland, but there are very few pubs that don't have some music for their guests entertainment. Whether it's the newest hits, oldies but goldies or traditional Irish music, pubs will have some kind of sound in the background. But in many pubs, music is more than just a buzz that you hear in between conversations, and it becomes part of the pub's identity. This is why pubs where there's live music is played are the most popular types of pub in Ireland. A pub wi... [ read more ]

The most mouth-watering restaurants in Ireland

The most mouth-watering restaurants in Ireland

Those who think that Irish cuisine is too bland or too simple have obviously never been to some of the most mouth-watering restaurants in Ireland. Because Irish cuisine can indeed be mouth-watering, even those dishes that were created during times of famine using limited ingredients. With the benefit of modern culinary trends, Irish cuisine is better than ever, and you can grab a delicious bite at Michelin starred restaurants and small town pubs alike. If you want the taste of Ireland to be ... [ read more ]

The most beautiful heritage towns in Ireland

The most beautiful heritage towns in Ireland

There's no place that's better suited to make you realize that towns are more than buildings and roads than Ireland - it's enough to step foot in even the tiniest village to learn that what makes Irish towns, cities or villages special is their spirit. But atmosphere aside, there are some towns in Ireland which would be utterly amazing even if they were completely uninhabited. These heritage towns have been a long time in the making, and their every nook and corner seems to be infused with h... [ read more ]

The most beautiful walking trails in Ireland

The most beautiful walking trails in Ireland

A country that is as naturally beautiful as Ireland has bound to have some equally amazing walks. It's no wonder that people who like outdoor activities find this country so appealing. The gentle landscape of Ireland, without any impossible altitudes or much too deep valleys allows people to simply walk and admire the landscape without the need of hiking gear oexcessive effort. One of the best ways to see the natural wonders of Ireland, from well known sights to beautiful spots that don't ev... [ read more ]

Top 5 bed and breakfasts in Ireland

Top 5 bed and breakfasts in Ireland

Traveling by day and stopping at quaint bed and breakfasts is a great way of seeing a country, especially one so rich in natural beauty as Ireland. Bed and breakfasts are much less impersonal then hotels, and their air of cozy familiarity is a welcome treat for a weary traveler. B&B are a great place to meet other travelers too, and make new friends among like minded people, which can prove to be a great addition to any vacation. There are hundreds of great bed and breakfasts in Ireland,... [ read more ]