The stunning 7km Bray Head loop walk on Valentia Island in Kerry is well worth doing if you have time. Actually, you should really make time for this one! It’s spectacular and a great vantage point for viewing the magical Skellig Islands. From Portmagee where we stayed, it’s only a short drive across the bridge to Valentia Island. As you drive across the bridge you can clearly see Bray Head to your left so just head that way at the next junction where you’ll see it signposted. Follow the coastal road and you’ll come to a carpark (cost €2) from where you start the walk. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.
I was beginning to think Google had led me astray once again, as I approached the spot where it said Mitchelstown Cave was located. All I could see coming up was a regular farmhouse with a small sign outside that I couldn’t yet read. However, as I got closer the large parking area directly across from the house came into view, indicating that I might have been in the right place after all. Then a large signpost confirmed it!Read More
Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilg Mhichíl) has always intrigued people but since being used as a location for the Star Wars movies, the interest in this little island off the south west coast of Kerry has skyrocketed! The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of only two in Ireland – the other being Brú na Bóinne. Thankfully the number of people who can visit Skellig Michael is limited to protect its fragile environment. The flip side of this, of course, is that it can be pretty hard to get a booking to land on Skellig Michael if you don’t get yourself organised months in advance!
Hiking to Eagle’s Rock in the Glenade Valley was a must-do on my list for our recent trip to Leitrim. It hadn’t been the best of days for us weather-wise but as we headed for Eagle’s Rock the blue sky reappeared. It was getting late in the day and having shaken off the clouds, the sun was now casting some beautiful golden light over the Dartry mountains as we approached. Given that these mountains are some of the most remarkable looking in the country anyway, the views were really quite breathtaking.Read More
It’s not too often I get to spend some proper quality time with my siblings, so when my younger brother had some time off work recently, I roped him into coming on a little road trip to Mayo with me. Ok, in fairness, it didn’t take much to twist his arm but after getting him to pose for lots of my photos, he’ll probably think twice next time! Read More
Since I moved back to Ireland it’s like I have this uncontrollable urge to make up for lost time. I just need to see and do everything! Easy, right. Well, some things are definitely less challenging than others and this week I headed out to do a couple of easy walks that have been on my to-do list for a while. One of those was the walk along the Great South Wall out to Poolbeg Lighthouse. Given the fact that I’m Dublin born and bred, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that it was my first time doing this walk but hey, I’ve done it now!Read More
I’d never even heard of Dunmore Cave before I found it on the Heritage Ireland website when researching for our trip to Kilkenny. And if we’re going full disclosure, caves are one of those things that I tend not to get too excited about. I can’t even tell you why because I’ve gone to a lot and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad cave experience! It’s obviously some weird glitch in my system. Like the way you think toast is boring and then get a whiff of it and remember how good it is. I’m not alone there right?! Anyway, after visiting Dunmore cave and I can confirm that this hidden gem is really fascinating and well worth a visit.Read More
The picturesque village of Cong was the first stop on my recent road trip around Mayo with my brother. Neither of us had been before so we were keen to check it out. We spent a few hours exploring this beautiful scenic spot, which was pretty easy, as most of the attractions are located within a short walking distance of each other. Read More
On my first attempt to visit the Rock of Cashel, I arrived a little too late in the day. I know, my bad. On the second attempt, I was better prepared. I was early and had plenty of time to explore. I rocked on up that hill and then discovered they weren’t allowing anyone onto the site as there were very high winds on the day and it was unsafe. Foiled again. So, when my brother came to stay a couple of weeks ago, I thought it might be a good time to try again and this time I finally made it inside. Yay!Read More