Last month I headed up north for a little adventure along the stunning Causeway Coast with some friends. We spent three days taking in many of its delights from Derry right around to the spectacular Gobbins cliff walk at Islandmagee. Rather than having to pack up and move on each day we stayed in the beautiful town of Portstewart for the duration. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Portstewart and it’s also a great base for exploring the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route.
I recently visited Derry for the first time and it’s a city that leaves a lasting impression. The combination of a fascinating and complex history, a rich culture heritage, stunning architecture, dining options to delight any foodie and welcoming, friendly locals make you want to visit. The sense that this is just the start of the journey and Derry has a lot more to offer, will make you want to return. 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
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
Earlier this month the Independent published a list of Ireland’s Top 10 secret beaches. At the top of that list was Murder Hole in Donegal. As it turns out, it’s the only beach on the list that we have actually been to but we weren’t surprised to see it in the number one spot, as it’s also one of our favourite finds since we returned to Ireland.Read More
Climbing Mount Errigal is like fast forwarding through a relationship! The start is slow and you’re not always sure if you did the right thing getting yourself into it but you stick with it for a while, in the hope that it’s heading in the right direction. Once you get past that initial awkward (and very boggy!) stage the future is looking brighter. You’re into it now, you’ve invested and you’re excited to see what lies ahead. There are a few steep and tough humps to get over along the way, like meeting the parents or finding out your partner loves to pop your bacne but you’ve lasted the distance and the big day (or summit) is now in sight.
With names like Murder Hole Beach, Poison Glen and Bad Eddie’s Shipwreck, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a visit to Donegal is a death-defying experience! Well, we didn’t make it to check out Bad Eddie’s wreck but can testify that Murder Hole Beach and the Poison Glen are two of the most serene and beautiful places you can visit.Read More