Last month I headed up north for a little adventure along the stunning Causeway Coast with some friends. We spent three days taking in many of its delights from Derry right around to the spectacular Gobbins cliff walk at Islandmagee. Rather than having to pack up and move on each day we stayed in the beautiful town of Portstewart for the duration. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Portstewart and it’s also a great base for exploring the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route.
When visiting Connemara we have often stopped off at Leenane (or Leenaun) to take in the stunning views of the Killary Harbour. The harbour is a 16km long fjord stretching out to the Atlantic Ocean and it forms a natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo. At it’s deepest, Killary Fjord is about 45 metres deep and it’s sheltered waters make it an important habitat for marine mammals and other wildlife. Read More
Whenever we visit Kilkenny, I always admire Rothe House on the Medieval Mile. This late 16th century merchant’s townhouse is the only one of its kind in Ireland and an important part of our national heritage. Read More
Guinness! You’d have a hard time to find someone who hasn’t heard of the famous black stuff. Love it or hate it, Guinness is a massive success story and one of the most well known breweries in the world. There’s no better place to learn all about this famous beer and the man who started it all, than in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin – the official home of Guinness.Read More
This year my birthday happened to fall right beside Mother’s Day, which seemed like a great excuse for a night away with my mam. Only too happy to take the hint, we whisked ourselves away to the wonderful Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny for a mini escape. Though we didn’t do much apart from eating and walking our way around the estate, it was just perfect!Read More
This post was originally published on 6 December 2018 and updated on 27 May 2019.
Emo Court House and Parklands are located just a couple of kilometres from the village of Emo in County Laois. The house is a magnificent neo-classical mansion that’s well worth a visit. Take a tour to appreciate the stunning interiors and hear about the interesting history of Emo Court. Or simply enjoy the beautiful parklands surrounding the house, which are free to explore all year round.
If you’re exploring the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork be sure to add Three Castle Head to your itinerary. It was definitely a highlight of my recent trip around West Cork and is probably one of the best hidden gems to be found along the Wild Atlantic Way. You really don’t want to miss this unique spot on your travels.Read More
You know when you finally do something you’ve been meaning to do for ages and you wonder how the hell did it take me so long to get around to this? Well, that was me with the Great Sugar Loaf in Wicklow. I only climbed it for the first time recently and it’s a great little hike. Short and sweet but at the end of the day you still get to boast that you climbed a mountain! Read More
If you’re planning a trip to West Cork, I recommend a stopover in the picturesque coastal village of Baltimore. I spent two nights in Baltimore, though I arrived late on the first evening, so only had one full day to explore unfortunately. It’s a really beautiful spot and I could have happily spent a few days there. It also makes a great base for exploring more of West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way. Read More