Rolling green fields and beautiful beaches – Ireland is our home

Places We Love: The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

We love horses and we also love gardens, so naturally being in Kildare for a breakaway, it made sense for us to head to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud is a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, Co. Kildare and is seen as Ireland’s centre of equine excellence. Its [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|9 Comments

The Ultimate List of Cheap Things to Do and See in Dublin

Are you a bargain hunter like me? Are you on a budget trip? Then this list is just for you! While there’s plenty of things to see in Dublin (and many free things too!), not all of them have to be expensive. It’s not about being stingy, it’s about being clever and making the most [...]

By | May 30th, 2016|Ireland, Travel Tips|4 Comments

Hidden Ireland: Glanteenassig Forest and Lough Caum

Sitting on a bench and overlooking the water, there was not a sound to be heard but the whisper of the wind. “Off the beaten track”, is a phrase often used across many travel guides, and while some may be off the main road, they’re still very much touristy. Glanteenassig is certainly not that. While [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments

The Ultimate List of Free Things to Do and See in Dublin

Despite being known as one of the more expensive destinations in Europe, Dublin is still a fantastic city that’s brimming with culture and a lot of heart. The truth is, there are actually so many things to do and see in the capital, that won’t cost you a cent (or at least just a small bus [...]

By | April 30th, 2016|Ireland, Travel Tips|10 Comments

Places We Love: Early-Christian and Medieval Site, Cill Mhaoilcéadair

Me at the sundial at Kilmalkedar Church. Cill Mhaoilcéadair or Kilmalkeder in English is an early-Medieval and Christian site about 8km from Dingle in County Kerry. Set across approximately 10 acres, the site was reputedly founded by St Maolcethair in the seventh century but is often associated with St Brendan (who according to [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Hidden Ireland: “Ireland’s Jurassic Park” at Kells Bay Gardens

With Europe's largest collection of tree ferns and Ireland's largest palm tree at 14m, Kells Bay Gardens is a must for nature lovers. The gardens themselves cover just over 17 hectares with a large collection of sub-tropical plants. You’d be very tempted to pop on your explorer’s hat. The Primeval Forest towards the beginning of the red walk is particularly spectacular. [...]

By | March 29th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|0 Comments

Hidden Ireland: Heavenly Hike in Gleninchaquin Park in County Kerry

Pádhraic, myself and Mom at Gleninchaquin One of Ireland’s best-hidden gems is open to the public from dawn until dusk. Gleninchaquin Park is tucked into a long and narrow valley that’s on the North West side of the Beara Peninsula. The area itself was formed by glaciation approximately 70,000 years ago. Unless you want [...]

By | March 26th, 2016|Blog, Ireland|1 Comment

Memories of Baile na nGall: Poignant Family Moments in Ballydavid, County Kerry

Me, Mom and Grandad at Ballydavid Pier “Conas atá sibh?” “Go maith!” we both answered in unison. Baile na nGall, or Ballydavid, is a special place for Mom and I. Translated as “Town of the Foreigners”, it’s more like a second home rather than a foreign land. Not only is it a great spot [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Blog, Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Places We Love: Wine Strand in County Kerry

Trá na Fhíona or Wine Strand in English is the perfect spot if you’re really looking to escape from it all. A small beach that’s tucked away among houses and sheep, we’ve never seen more than 10 people on Wine Strand at a time. This family greeted us along the way This place [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments

Places We Love: An Chonair aka Conor Pass in County Kerry

We’re on a Kerry-roll! An Chonair, or Conor Pass in English, is one of the highest Irish mountain passes in the country. It’s one of those places that’s absolutely stunning when the sun shines down but also wonderfully mysterious and intriguing when the mist settles. I can’t begin to count the many times that we’ve [...]

By | March 19th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments