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
I recently made a very rookie error. José’s birthday was coming up so I was on the lookout for something he would really enjoy. I’m a big fan of gifting experiences over things and given that my husband has an ever so slight obsession with Land Rovers, I had what I though was a bright idea and did an online search for 4×4 off road driving experiences. I had no idea if it was something you could do in Ireland but thankfully it is! I found an off road driving centre near Naas. The location was great. He’d get to drive a Land Rover Discovery. The price was reasonable. It seemed perfect. Read More
If you’re looking for fun and unique things to do in Ireland, then taking a ride on the Dursey Island cable car should be up there on your list. Originally opened in 1969, the cable car allowed residents of Dursey Island to cross to the mainland safely. Prior to that, they were often stranded for days at a time.Read More
There’s no shortage of things to do in Belfast. You could easily spend a couple of weeks in this vibrant city and still not get around to everything you want to see and do. However, if you are visiting Belfast, this list will hopefully help you plan your trip. No doubt you’ll discover some other gems yourself when you get there. Feel free to share your favourite things to do in Belfast in the comments! Read More
We travel up and down to Dublin a lot and for the longest time we kept passing the sign for the Rock of Dunamase and saying “we really have to check that out one day”! Fortunately, we eventually did get around to checking it out because this is a remarkable site and one of my favourite places to visit now.