Since returning home I’ve been discovering many beautiful parts of Ireland and the more I travel around, the longer my list of places to visit keeps growing. It really is amazing how much stunning scenery there is packed into this little country! The Hook Peninsula is one area I have been keen to explore for a while, so it was top of the list when we headed to Wexford at the end of June. 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
There are many benefits to having an OPW Heritage Card. I particularly love that it encourages you to check out new places on your travels. So, for example, when we were planning a day trip to Kilkenny I took a look at the Heritage Ireland website to see if there were any attractions nearby. Both Dunmore Cave and Jerpoint Abbey looked like they might be worth a visit while we were in the area.Read More
The Greystones to Bray cliff walk (or Bray to Greystones if you prefer!) has long been a favourite of mine. When I was living in New Zealand it was a regular on my to-do list for my visits home. The walk covers roughly a 7km stretch between the coastal towns of Bray and Greystones in county Wicklow. It’s a really picturesque route with stunning rugged scenery. The path hugs the coastline around Bray Head, following the train line below and taking in some truly amazing views along the way.Read More
Yesterday I drove to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in search of snow. There has been a lot of snow this winter. By Irish standards I mean! Yet somehow I’ve managed to miss it all. We had a decent snowfall in our home town back in December but I was away in Dublin for the week and couldn’t help but be a little envious of all the lovely photos appearing online. Of course by the time I got back there was no trace of it. Since then there has been the odd sprinkling but nothing was sticking. There were a few other instances of wrong time, wrong place and I figured since it’s February now, I’d probably missed the chance.
The impressive heritage site of Clonmacnoise is less than an hour from where we live. We’d talked about going many times but as usual with the places closest to you, we never seemed to get around to it. Well last week, we finally got our butts in gear and went to check it out.Read More
We only recently discovered that there is free admission on the first Wednesday of every month to Heritage Sites managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). There are so many great sites all over the country, so no excuse not to get out and explore! We’ve ticked off some great ones like Garnish Island, Brú na Bóinne and of course our local attraction, Portumna Castle but there are still heaps more we are looking forward to checking out. Here is a list of participating sites from the OPW. These are just ones that you would usually have to pay for. There are many others that are free at all times and further details can be found at the Heritage Ireland site.Read More