Ireland

Travelling in Ireland

Céad Míle Fáilte – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Ireland

A beautiful view at a cherry blossom sakura tree in the Kilkenny Castle Park, Ireland in springtime - staying one week in Ireland
Castles to stay in
Aerial view of Kinnagoe bay in County Donegal, Ireland.

Landscapes that are jaw-droppingly beautiful

Ireland is an island nation that sits on the westernmost edge of Europe. From lush expanses of green in every hue and shade to rough rugged landscapes strewn with ruins of castles and abbeys.

Why should you travel to Ireland? Ireland is a land of myth and mystery, ancient sites, ruined haunted castles, spectacular scenery, the Wild Atlantic Way Ireland’s Ancient East – I have 101 reasons to visit Ireland and could probably think of thousands of things to travel to Ireland for.

The 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union while the United Kingdom is a former member, having both acceded to its precursor entity, the European Economic Community (EEC), in 1973, and as a consequence, there is free movement of people, goods, services and capital across the border.

Regardless of Brexit, anyone born in the United Kingdom and on the island of Ireland (north or the republic) has freedom of movement within the UK. This means that if you are born in England for example you can move to Ireland any time you want and live there without requiring visas or permission to stay.

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Christmas in Ireland – the best things to do in Dublin for an Irish Christmas

Christmas in Ireland – the best things to do in Dublin for an Irish Christmas Originally published in House Sitting Magazine Celebrating Christmas in another … Ireland Read More

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Glenveagh National Park

Visiting Glenveagh National Park Glenveagh Castle lies deep in the heart of the Glenveagh National Park in Donegal which is the second largest national park … Ireland Read More

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The best of south east Ireland 26 fascinating sites to visit

The best of south east Ireland 26 fascinating sites to visit A great base from which to see places in Ireland is Dublin. If you … Ireland Read More

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Wicklow Mountains Road Trip

Wicklow Mountains Road Trip The Wicklow Mountains National Park covers over 20,000 hectares of stunning scenery and mountain hikes. The park includes the incredible historic … Ireland Read More

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Grey Abbey an evocative ruin in County Down Ireland

Grey Abbey an evocative ruin in County Down Ireland Grey Abbey can be found next to the village of Greyabbey in County Down, Northern Ireland. … Ireland Read More

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Holy Cross Abbey Tipperary sacred place of True Cross Relics

Holy Cross Abbey Tipperary sacred place of True Cross Relics Holy Cross Abbey in Tipperary stands only 15 km away from the Rock of Cashel … Ireland Read More

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Inch Abbey Ireland

Inch Abbey & GOT The war of 5 Kings Inch Abbey is a large ruined monastery that sits northwest of Downpatrick in Northern Ireland. Inch … Ireland Read More

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Medieval Ireland – the Crusaders in Limerick

Medieval Ireland – the Crusaders in Limerick In Medieval Ireland, there were two military orders the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar. Both of these … Ireland Read More

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Fethard – Ancient Walls and Sheela na Gigs in Tipperary

Fethard – Ancient Walls and Sheela na Gigs in Tipperary We stumbled upon Fethard just driving around Tipperary one day. We had been to visit … Ireland Read More

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Women’s Christmas Ireland – Nollaig na mBan

Women’s Christmas in Ireland Women’s Christmas is known by many names, including the Epiphany, Three Kings’ Day, Little Christmas or the 12th Day of Christmas. … Ireland Read More

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When is the best time to go to Ireland?

When is the best time to go to Ireland? A question that I see all the time about visiting Ireland is “when is the best … Ireland Read More

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Halloween in Ireland 18 perfect ways to celebrate Samhain

Halloween in Ireland 18 perfect ways to celebrate Samhain Updated September 2022 Samhain is, of course, the precursor to Halloween and it is the rituals … Ireland Read More

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19 of the best Irish Christmas Traditions

19 of the best Irish Christmas Traditions Irish Christmas traditions are centered on the family and to some extent these days on celebrations within the … Ireland Read More

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11 of my favourite Irish Cookbooks

11 of my favourite Irish cookbooks The Irish have been welcoming guests for centuries. They were not however known for their food culture but over the past … Ireland Read More

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10 Ancient Celtic Holidays to Celebrate in Ireland

10 Ancient Celtic Holidays to Celebrate in Ireland The ancient Irish lived a simple agricultural life and based their time around the seasons – spring, … Ireland Read More

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Game of ThronesTapestry and GOT Studio Tour

Game of ThronesTapestry and GOT Studio Tour The Game of Thrones Tapestry that is currently on display in the Ulster Museum in Belfast N. Ireland … Ireland Read More

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Cliffs of Slieve League the magnificent sea cliffs of Donegal

Cliffs of Slieve League the magnificent sea cliffs of Donegal Updated with new information about shuttles and parking 04/07/2022 The Slieve League cliffs of Donegal … Ireland Read More

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Bunratty Castle Ireland – 800 years of history

Visiting Bunratty Castle Ireland – 800 years of history Bunratty Castle in Ireland is high on the Irish bucket list for visitors and locals alike. … Ireland Read More

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Kilkenny Castle Ireland one of the world’s most beautiful

Kilkenny Castle Ireland one of the world’s most beautiful The magnificent Kilkenny Castle sits in beautiful gardens with extensive paths and woodlands. The gardens contain … Ireland Read More

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Travelling in Ireland without a car

Travelling in Ireland without a car Do you need a car in Ireland?  Travelling in Ireland without a car is difficult but it can be … Ireland Read More

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Unique Gifts from Ireland – 32 of the best souvenirs of Ireland

Unique Gifts from Ireland – 54 of the best souvenirs of Ireland Do you have an Irish fan on your shopping list for birthdays, anniversaries, … Ireland Read More

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46 Fantastic things to do in Donegal Ireland

46 Fantastic things to do in Donegal The Wild Atlantic Way coastal route along County Donegal is my favourite part of the world. This is the real … Ireland Read More

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What is Irish soda bread?

What is Irish soda bread? Irish soda bread history is a tale of the mixing of food cultures – the Irish and the new world. … Ireland Read More

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Traditional Irish Boxty – what is it?

Traditional Irish Boxty – what is it? Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake. When I was a child growing up in Ireland boxty was called fadge … Ireland Read More

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A Traditional Irish Breakfast – the lush full Irish breakfast

A Traditional Irish Breakfast – the lush full Irish You will see the signs everywhere in Ireland from gourmet restaurants to petrol stations –  traditional Irish Breakfast – Full … Ireland Read More

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Glendalough Monastic City Irelands Ancient East

Glendalough Monastic City Irelands Ancient East Tucked into an ancient valley in the Wicklow mountains are the remains of Glendalough, an early Christian monastic settlement … Ireland Read More

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Irish Celtic Crosses– 16 Important Celtic Cross sites in Ireland

Irish Celtic Crosses– 16 Important Celtic Cross sites in Ireland The Irish Celtic Cross (sometimes called a Gaelic cross) is known throughout the world as … Ireland Read More

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148 National Dishes of countries around the world

148 National Dishes of countries around the world Most countries have a favourite or national dish. National dishes are generally one of the first things … Ireland Read More

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The Magnificent Rock of Cashel Ireland

The Magnificent Rock of Cashel Ireland Visiting The Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey in Ireland is a must if you are touring Ireland’s Ancient East. … Ireland Read More

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The perfect Ireland and Scotland Itinerary

The Perfect Ireland and Scotland Itinerary   Planning an Ireland and Scotland itinerary can be full of pitfalls if you don’t know the countries and … Ireland Read More

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Irish Whiskey Tours – 23 tours and tastes

Irish Whiskey Tours – 23 tours and tastes An Irish Whiskey tour is usually part and parcel of a visit to Ireland. There are over … Ireland Read More

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Essential guide to renting a car in Ireland

Essential guide to renting a car in Ireland   Renting a car in Ireland is an absolute must – to truly see this amazing country … Ireland Read More

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What to do in Ireland for one week?

What to do in Ireland for one week? One week in Ireland that’s a tough one to build an itinerary around because there is just … Ireland Read More

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Ring of Kerry Ireland the ultimate driving guide

Ring of Kerry Ireland the ultimate driving guide We’ve driven the Ring of Kerry a few times now and it never gets old. I may … Ireland Read More

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The best places to find Atlantic puffins in Ireland

Where do puffins live in Ireland? Ever since I was a kid reading Puffin paperbacks I have loved that crazy looking bird. The Puffin is … Ireland Read More

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35 of the most beautiful towns & villages in Ireland

35 of the most beautiful towns & villages in Ireland  Some of the prettiest places to see in Ireland are pretty far off the beaten … Ireland Read More

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