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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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 pastRead More »

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,Read More »

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. IrelandRead More »

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 DonegalRead More »

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.Read More »

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 beRead More »

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,Read More »

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.Read More »

Irish potato cakes – potato farls, boxty, fadge

Irish potato cakes – potato farls, boxty, fadge Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake. When I was a child growing up in Ireland boxty was calledRead More »

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 – FullRead More »

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 settlementRead More »

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 asRead More »

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 thingsRead More »

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 andRead More »

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 overRead More »

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 countryRead More »

One week in Ireland a road trip – Dublin to Athlone

One week in Ireland a road trip – Dublin to Athlone One week in Ireland that’s a tough one to build an itinerary around becauseRead More »

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 mayRead More »

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 beatenRead More »

Ireland’s Magnificent Powerscourt Estate

Ireland’s Magnificent Powerscourt Estate One of the must-sees when visiting Ireland is the magnificent Powerscourt House and Gardens. Just south of Dublin in Wicklow, it’sRead More »

Ireland’s Ancient East – an epic road trip

Ireland’s Ancient East an epic road trip Ireland’s Ancient East encompasses over 5000 years of Ireland’s history. Ireland’s Ancient East is a land of myths andRead More »

Glencolmcille the rugged soul of Donegal

Glencolmcille the rugged soul of Donegal It takes a hardy soul to live on the coastline of Glencolmcille in Ireland’s Donegal County. A rough, ruggedRead More »

15 tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

15 tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin The world becomes Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin isRead More »

Famous Irish saints

10 Famous Irish Saints The Dark Ages descended on Britain after the fall of the Roman Empire and caused many scholars and Christians to fleeRead More »

Visiting the distinguished Birr Castle Ireland

Visiting the distinguished Birr Castle Ireland Birr Castle is located in Offaly which is around a 2-hour drive from Dublin but it is well worthRead More »

Irish Folklore

Irish Folklore: 23 Irish legends and myths Irish myths and legends are known worldwide. Fairies, leprechauns, banshees the ancient Sidhe the Tuatha de Danaan andRead More »

Things to do in Ireland before you die!

39 of the coolest things to do in Ireland before you die! My Irish bucket list is a comprehensive list of the best sights toRead More »

Irish Witches – famous Celtic witches

Celtic Witches – magic & mysticism in Ireland Society has always found a way to punish women who step above what is considered their stationRead More »

Ancient Ireland 30 sacred places

Ancient Ireland – 30 sacred places Ancient Ireland is a land filled with myths, memories, legends, tales of giants and fairies, butter witches, saints andRead More »

All the best Restaurants in Donegal Town

24 of the Best restaurants in Donegal Town If you’re in search of the best restaurants in Donegal Town, I’ve got some great selections forRead More »

Where to find Ogham Stones in Ireland

Where to find Ogham Stones in Ireland Ogham is an ancient Irish (and British) alphabet, that consists of twenty characters formed by parallel lines onRead More »

Essential guide to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Essential guide to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland At the top of many an Irish bucket list, the Cliffs of Moher are truly an experienceRead More »

Epic Game of Thrones Ireland road trip

Epic Game of Thrones Ireland road trip  33 Game of Thrones locations Game of Thrones was dominantly filmed in Northern Ireland. The filming locations for GameRead More »

34 Great things to do in Dublin Ireland

34 Great Things to do in Dublin Where do you begin to sort out things to do in Dublin? There are a lot of must-seeRead More »

Irish Christmas Traditions

17 Irish Christmas Traditions Irish Christmas traditions are centred on the family and to some extent these days on celebrations within the church. However, givenRead More »

The best things to do in Dublin for an Irish Christmas

Spending the Ultimate Christmas in Dublin Originally published in House Sitting Magazine Celebrating Christmas in another country is a brilliant way to immerse yourself inRead More »
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