All Blog Posts Tagged 'Travel' (266)

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I was certainly shown a good time.  We started with breakfast, as the…


Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Newgrange, Dowth Notebook: 'Who's Watching Whom?'

No trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to Newgrange, a prehistoric monument in County Meath, located about 1 km north of the River Boyne. As I drove from Belfast, there were places I wanted to stop that…


Added by The Last Torch on October 3, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Enjoying Timeless Glories of Bunratty Castle -- and Mead

My last night in the homeland was spent at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, on the Ratty river. Caisleán Bhun Raithe meaning Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty. On the grounds of the castle is a folk park, which is just lovely. I unfortunately was wandering through at closing time so didn't get to…


Added by The Last Torch on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

'Wild For Ireland': Sharing a Passion for a Place

It's not easy to follow your passion. It's a terrifying thing to take that step, to put yourself out there, to make yourself vulnerable. But it's liberating too.

For my whole life, my first love has been Ireland- her history, her culture. I've traveled there and filled my bookshelves with books that take me back to a place I…


Added by Jill Fuller on September 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

The Summer's Gone and I Dream of Ireland!

Thanks to everyone who posted good wishes on my win of the Wild West of Ireland Tour: Kathryn Ann, Fran, Bit, Angela and anyone else I've neglected to mention.  A special thanks to Ger Regan, Mike & Trish of WIld West Irish Tours, Jon Ragnar Jonsson and all the others at WOW Air who are helping to make this happen.

My mother has decided that it's just too much for her to travel across time zones.  My sister and both my aunts had…


Added by Maureen Kelley-Olson on September 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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Fun for Couples on the Wild Atlantic Way

As skies of pinks and purple turn to midnight blue, it's the perfect time to take a kayak on West Cork's Lough Hyne. Have a look at more couples activities on the Wild Atlantic Way!…


Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

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Going Solo on The Wild Atlantic Way in October

"My favourite adventures on the Wild Atlantic Way happened to be in the worst weather." While the sun doesn't always shine in Ireland, you can always have fun on the #WildAtlanticWay. Read Sherry Ott's story! …


Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

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Awe-Inspiring Cliffs of Downpatrick Head

Looming an impressive 126 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Downpatrick Head along the coast of Mayo are an incredible viewpoint out to the crashing seascape. Learn…

Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

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The Wild Atlantic Way's Most Enchanting Routes

Weaving breathtaking landscapes with enchanting legends, Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way is surrounded by history and fascinating storytelling. Check out five of the most enchanting routes…

Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Irishman, The Inca and The Jaguar

The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century. Unfortunately, their last stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572. From 1438 to 1533, they used a variety of methods that included conquest and peaceful assimilation to incorporate a large portion of western South America,…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 16, 2015 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

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Sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way - Playlist

Around every twist and turn of the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way route, you’ll hear sounds that are unique to this part of the world. It could be a Donegal lilt in a voice, a song you’ve never heard before or the rhythmic drum of a bodhrán. Take a listen to our specially curated Soundcloud playlist in the link…


Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 12, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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Meet Sammy the Seal - Wicklow Town Legend!

Wicklow town has a cute celeb who we discovered on a walk-about in the town during our trip last week - Sammy is a young male seal who has been visiting the south quay of Wicklow town harbour since June 2013. Initially Sammy followed the local fishing boats into the harbour so he could feast on the throw offs from…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on August 12, 2015 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

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Sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way

The instantly recognisable voice of Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has brought Ireland's rich traditional music heritage around the world. See how the rugged west coast of the Wild Atlantic Way and its lively trad scene have influenced their music. …


Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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Tory Island - The Secret Kingdom

Steeped in mythology and folklore, Tory Island stands roughly 9 miles off the coast of Donegal in the Wild Atlantic Way's north west. Arriving there by boat, you might be lucky enough to be met by the charismatic figure of Patsy Dan Rogers, the locally elected King of the island. …


Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

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Wild Atlantic Way - 15 Breathtaking Moments

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way features fifteen distinct Signature Points, each telling unique stories about this rich landscape, the people and its cultures. Discover these points below. …


Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 10, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

In The Kingdom of Kerry, Don't Forget The Ring

I've written before about the Lakes of Killarney, the "crown jewels" of Ireland's "Kingdom" of County Kerry. But to complete your royal tour, you have to take one of Ireland's, if not the globe's, most scenic drives, the "Ring of Kerry." …


Added by Michael Quane on August 5, 2015 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

Clare's Quin Abbey, Among Ireland's Hidden Sacred Ground

Throughout Ireland's lovely and storied countryside, visitors can find magnificent religious sites that are a testament to Ireland's glorious and tragic history. Some of the best known include the Rock of Cashel, St. Kevin's Monastery at Glendalough, and the ancient university of Clonmacnoise.

But in addition to these…


Added by Michael Quane on August 2, 2015 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

A ‘Wild West’ Tour -- Imprinted in the Heart

You won’t forget your first time.”

We’ve incorporated that aphorism in our ongoing travel initiative and contest, titled “The ‘Wild West’ of Ireland,” now in Day 12 of 25. According to one recent visitor to the ‘Wild West,’…


Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Banter in a Spiddal Pub

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland. From my American frame of reference, it took a bit of adjustment to become accustom to the Gaeltacht of Connemara’s shores. My acclimation to the culture came in curious increments comprised of chance encounters in unexpected places, but they gave me…


Added by Claire Fullerton on July 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Here's to the Winners of 'Wild West' Contest -- Everyone of You

The votes for "The 'Wild West' of Ireland: You Won't Forget Your First Time' are the culmination of our 24-day exploration of the glories of travel in Ireland's rugged western counties.  Our panel of five…


Added by The Wild Geese on July 15, 2015 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

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