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Northern Ireland’s Great Outdoors – Go Explore It!

Kinbane Castle

It won’t be long now before people are getting busy planning their trips to Ireland for next year, and I wanted to put together a few suggestions for things to do in Northern Ireland. I’m going to be optimistic and say that a wonderful summer is on the way, and with that in mind I’ve come up with a few ... Read More »

Ireland travel experiences from a first time visitor

Guinness Memorabilia

I had the pleasure recently of being contacted by Dorothy Bell from New England, who was making her first trip across the pond to Ireland. Dorothy had a few questions about what to expect in Ireland and I was happy to be able to help her plan a little bit of her trip, including a couple of places to see, ... Read More »

Five Great Reasons to Visit Belfast

Titanic Center, Belfast (image credit Flickr user amandabhslater)

This time two decades ago, the idea of visiting the Northern Irish capital city would have been a very faint one – before the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, Belfast was hardly on the map as a city to see! However, over the past 15 years, the city has really come out of its troublesome shell and, nowadays, ... Read More »

Irish souvenir ideas : here’s what you said

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One of the most popular posts on this site is one I wrote about a year ago – Unique Irish Gifts To Give Your Loved Ones. You’ll find some good suggestions in the article, and some in the comments section too, for things you can bring back with you from Ireland. However, with such a high demand for information like ... Read More »

Where to find traditional Irish food in Ireland

Irish Stew and Guinness

Dorothy, from New England, was recently in touch via Facebook with a few questions before she left for her vacation to Ireland. Like most tourists, Dorothy probably wants to experience a real taste of Ireland while there. She asked: I would like to try some Irish food and drink…traditional, or popular with locals. What would you suggest? These days restaurants ... Read More »

Have you ever been to Ireland? Can you help with some trip planning advice?

The excitement and anticipation of planning a trip anywhere, can frequently be coupled with a little bit of angst and nervousness. Chances are you’re spending quite a bit of money, maybe year’s worth of savings, and this may be a once in a lifetime trip, which you want to go off without a hitch. That’s why getting some great travel ... Read More »

Planning to visit Dublin city? Consider these tips before you go…

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Never go on holidays without a plan! That’s how I approach all my trips, and it generally proves to have positive outcomes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just get on a plane, land somewhere, and then start exploring. I have to at least know a little about what I’m going to do when I get there, what ... Read More »

A day out in Cobh – what not to miss

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The small waterfront town of Cobh (pronounced Cove), in Co. Cork, might come up in your web searches for a variety of reasons. The town is probably best know for it’s Titanic connection – it was the last port of call before the tragic ship set sail for the New World in 1912. You also might find yourself reading about ... Read More »

Discovering the Dingle Whiskey Distillery

Dingle Whiskey Distillery casks

On a rainy, misty afternoon in Dingle County Kerry – weather which turns out just perfect for whiskey making – but not so much for mountain walks – we popped into the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, the town’s newest addition, to see what this small artisan distillery is all about! The distillery was founded in November 2012 by Oliver Hughes – ... Read More »

Top 10 attractions in West of Ireland – infographic

Kangaroo at Fota Wildlife Park

I received this interesting infographic in the mail today from the folks at irishcarrentals.com. It gives a break down of the top 10 attractions in West of Ireland by visitor number, and includes some other interesting pieces of tourism info too. I think if you take a few minutes to analyze it, you might get some travel planning ideas from ... Read More »