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.
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
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
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.
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
Feeling a bit sluggish after Christmas? Don’t worry, I’ve discovered the cure! Last week, I took a trip out to Glenmalure Valley to rejuvenate with a visit to Bosca Beatha, a mobile sauna currently residing part-time on the banks of the Avonbeg River. Read More
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