Castletown House from the parklands

Exploring Castletown House and Parklands

Having never been to Castletown House in Kildare, we ended up visiting one Sunday morning last year to do a family photo shoot. My friend had mentioned the grounds would be the perfect location for a wander and lots of photo opportunities. She wasn’t wrong. After the shoot, we didn’t feel like leaving so we ended up staying and spending the afternoon exploring Castletown House and parklands!Read More

Dalkey and Killiney Hill – enjoyable short walks in Dublin

After a very lazy Christmas Day, I was definitely in need of a good stretch of the legs on St. Stephen’s Day. I managed to convince my family to get up early too and join me for out to trip out to Killiney for some fresh air!

I sold it as a short walk up Killiney hill but in the end we did manage to add on a few extra kilometres. This really is a very scenic part of Dublin with stunning coastal views, so if you make the trip out it’s well worth exploring Killiney and Dalkey a little. Read More

A couple walking their dogs along the tree-lined avenue leading to Emo Court

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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Front view of Malahide Castle

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

feature image - balloon flies over the telescope at Birr Castle

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