A Wander Along Dublin’s Great South Wall

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

Discover Dark Deeds at Dunmore Cave

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

A Short Walking Tour of Cong, Co Mayo

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

Third Time Lucky at the Rock of Cashel

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

20 Images of Ireland to Fuel your Wanderlust

It’s been a long, long winter this year but finally it feels like we are turning a corner. While I did get out and about over winter, I didn’t do as much as I would have liked and I have to admit to hibernating a little during some of the colder weather. So it’s time to shake off the cobwebs and get out exploring again. No more excuses!Read More

5 things you didn’t know about St Patrick’s Day!

There’s no other national holiday as widely celebrated as St Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day (but never St Patty’s Day in Ireland!). Rivers, buildings, food, drinks and people around the world will be turning green to mark the occasion, while the pubs prepare to pour Guinness galore for the revellers. It’s easy to get caught up in the parades, costumes, the crazy partying and the general celebration of everything Irish, but have you ever wondered what’s really behind it all?

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A Peasant Afternoon at the Swiss Cottage!

We ended up visiting the Swiss Cottage by chance one day, after a last minute decision to drive to Cahir while we were kind of in the vicinity!  Situated on the banks of the River Suir, the Swiss cottage was built in 1817 for Richard Butler, the 1st Earl of Glengall and his wife Emily Jeffreys of Blarney Castle.  Also known as Lord and Lady Cahir, the Swiss Cottage was originally part of their estate and is said to have been designed by the famous Regency architect, John Nash.Read More

A Winter Wonderland in Portumna

A few weeks ago I wrote about my trip to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in search of snow. I thought it would be my last chance until next winter. I needn’t have worried. The Beast from the East and Storm Emma descended on us last week and instead of Ireland being all about the black stuff, we kicked off spring concerned with only the white stuff. And no, I don’t mean the bread nonsense, just the snow. This time I didn’t have to venture anywhere to find it. It was right here on my doorstep in Portumna, and plenty of it!Read More


For a lot of people, staying in a castle is high up there on the to-do list when visiting Ireland. It is certainly something that has been on our wishlist and last week we spent a night at Cabra Castle, as my cousin was getting married there. We didn’t actually stay in the main castle though, so I’m going to leave a castle stay on the wishlist for now. Call me fussy but I want the whole four-poster bed, creaky floorboard, medieval castle experience and our accommodation, which was not part of the main building, was a little too modern for that! Nevertheless, we loved our stay at Cabra Castle and here are five reasons why we think you would too:Read More