The most picturesque towns and villages in Donegal

The most picturesque towns and villages in Donegal

The northernmost county of Ireland is a place apart, almost like a different country entirely. When Ulster became Northern Ireland, Donegal became somewhat cut off from the rest of the Republic of Ireland, and its fierce pride and independence coupled with a bit of disdain on the part of Ireland's more central parts created a unique place that is neither here nor there. Donegal is blessed with immense natural beauty that can be somewhat unforgiving - the strong winds coming from the Atlantic... [ read more ]

Top 5 sights in Donegal

Top 5 sights in Donegal

Ireland has its fair share of unique and unusual places, but nothing is more out of the ordinary as Donegal, the northernmost area of the country. Donegal, or "Dún na nGall" in Irish, means the Fort of the Foreigners, but older Irish speakers usually refer to it by a much older name: Tír Chonaill, the land of Conal. Another, perhaps more fitting name is the forgotten country, as many of the inhabitants call it, because Donegal seems to be cut of from the country, and sometimes seems to ha... [ read more ]

The best budget attractions in Ireland

The best budget attractions in Ireland

For quite some time, Ireland has had a reputation for being quite expensive compared to other European countries, but nowadays it is becoming increasingly affordable when it comes to accommodation and transport, especially flights. But getting to Ireland and finding a cheap place to sleep would not normally guarantee that you can escape spending money, because many of the interesting attractions (museums and such) have an entry fee. However, there are tons of great sights in Ireland that are... [ 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 ]

The most stunning places in Ireland

The most stunning places in Ireland

Crack open any guidebook about Ireland, and you'll be flooded with descriptions and images of its countless attractions, both natural and man-made. A touristic map of Ireland is a pincushion of sights and destinations, but the space in between is most of the time worth a look too. There are lots of places in Ireland that don't necessarily have anything in the way of traditional attractions, but they have the ability to capture the attention of passers-by with their simple beauty. So if you j... [ read more ]

Top 5 caves in Ireland

Top 5 caves in Ireland

Ireland is incredibly pretty over the ground. All those green, rolling hills, tiny villages with houses painted in bright colors, craggy coast and some fetching natural wonders make you feel like you've ended up in a JRR Tolkien novel. But beauty is not only skin deep when it comes to the Emerald Island, because what's under the ground is not bad either. There are several caves in Ireland, and the show caves are more than worthy of your attention. If you like caves in general, then it's impo... [ read more ]

Top 5 beaches in Ireland

Top 5 beaches in Ireland

Being an island, Ireland obviously has quite a few choice beaches. While the infamous weather might frighten off some people, it's not nearly as bad as the stories claim - Ireland can have brilliantly sunny days that are just perfect for a day at the beach. And even if the sky is cloudy, the beauty of Irish beaches will convince you to go at least for a walk on the shores of the Atlantic, or the Irish Sea. So for those who want some sand between their toes, here are the top 5 beaches in Ireland.... [ read more ]

Top 5 castles in Ireland

Top 5 castles in Ireland

France and Scotland are not the only places in Western Europe that can boast of well-preserved castles dating back to the Middle Ages or maybe even earlier. Ireland has quite a few castles too, and if you're wondering about what's best than a medieval castles that takes you back to the times of knights, quests and romance, try this: castles in the beautiful, green Irish countryside. The peaceful rolling hills and rocky outcrops of Ireland are the perfect backdrop for a majestic castle. And s... [ read more ]