Clifden Castle – A Beautiful Ruin not to be Missed

I’ve been to Clifden before but have no memory of ever visiting Clifden Castle. I’m not sure how I missed it but when I returned recently, I wasn’t going to let it happen again! Though Clifden Castle is sadly an abandoned ruin now, much of the exterior is largely intact and it remains very impressive. Read More

A Visit to Emo Court and Gardens

Located just a couple of kilometres from the village of Emo in County Laois, Emo Court is a magnificent neo-classical mansion that is well worth a visit.  Take a tour through the house to appreciate the stunning interiors and hear about its history, or you can simply enjoy the beautiful grounds surrounding the house, which are free to explore all year round. 

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10 Things to do in Connemara

Connemara is hands down one of my favourite places to visit in Ireland. There’s something about the vast and wild landscape here that makes it so easy to forget your everyday worries and just slow down, relax and soak in all its goodness! At any time of year and in any type of weather, Connemara is simply stunning. Read More

Galway Christmas Market – A Winter Wonderland in Galway

Galway is a fantastic city to visit at any time of the year but of course it’s that extra bit magical at Christmas time, particularly when the Christmas Market is in full swing. This year the Galway Christmas Market kicked off on November 16th and is running until December 22nd. If you’re not feeling the festive vibes yet, then a visit to the winter wonderland that is the Galway Christmas Market is sure to do the trick!Read More

10+ Irish Gift Ideas for Nature Lovers and Adventurers!

If you’ve been following my adventures here on my blog or on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that I love any excuse to get out and about exploring Ireland. I also love finding Irish businesses that are making and doing some very cool things!

So I’ve put together a list of Irish gift ideas, including a bunch of products and experiences that I think are pretty amazing. These gift ideas are perfect for the nature lovers and adventurers in your life. From kids to adults, budget to luxury, there is something here for everyone. Even the fussiest of people! Read More

Exploring Inis Oírr – the smallest of the Aran Islands

Earlier this month we took a trip out to Inis Oírr (Inisheer), the smallest of the three Aran Islands. It is the closest of the islands to the mainland and is only 3 kms long x 2 kms wide approximately. So if you are short on time, this is probably the best of the Aran Islands to visit. You can see a lot in a day or even a half day if that’s all the time you have. Of course if time isn’t an issue, you could easily spend a few days or even weeks here, kicking back and enjoying the relaxed vibes!Read More

A Tour of Spike Island – What to Expect When Visiting

I’d never even heard of Spike Island two years ago, which can probably be forgiven as it is a fairly recent tourist attraction. However, once I did hear about it, it quickly became clear that this little island was something special.

Spike Island or Fortress Spike Island has quickly become a must-do experience for tourists from near and far and is sometimes referred to as “Ireland’s Alcatraz”. In the few short years it has been open to the public, it has won a number of awards including Europe’s leading tourist attraction 2017 at the World Travel Awards.Read More

Malahide Castle and Gardens – Why You Should Visit

I’ve been to Malahide a number of times over the years but somehow never made it to Malahide Castle before last week. Which is kind of crazy. Particularly since my mum is from Swords, pretty much just up the road and we spent a lot of time there growing up!

The castle always looks so pretty in pictures and now having seen it, I can confirm that it’s every bit as beautiful in real life! What I didn’t realise was that there is so much to see when you visit Malahide Castle and Gardens. Read More

Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships – Birr 2018

I’ve probably mentioned (a few times!) that I’m not a morning person. However, there are occasions when an early start is well worth it and this morning was definitely one of those times. Today is the final day of the 48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships, which are taking place in Birr this year. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to try and see the balloons in action, particularly as it’s so close to home.Read More