Stone of Destiny, Hill of Tara
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Meath

One of the great historical counties in Ireland is Meath. It is home to Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Even more ancient are the Megalithic graves of “Brugh Na Boinne”, the most famous of which is Newgrange.   Cutting across the county is the River Boyne, famous for the great battle in […]

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The Irish Peat Bog

Ireland has the finest range of peatlands in Europe. They were formed following the last ice age, ten thousand years ago. The retreating ice sheet left the centre of Ireland covered by shallow lakes. Over the tens of centuries lakeside vegetation grew, died, and partly decomposed. The cycle changed lakes into fens, and eventually into […]

Wicklow Mountains
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Wicklow, County Wicklow

Only thirty minutes South from Dublin is one of our favourite places to visit here at Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours.   You find yourself amongst some of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland. The diversity of County Wicklow’s scenery has led to it being referred to as “The Garden of Ireland” Behind sandy beaches […]

Browne’s Hill Dolmen
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Browne’s Hill Dolmen

The first positive evidence of human settlement in Ireland is to be found in a variety of burial grounds. Some of this date back to 6000 BC!   These are in the form of “court cairns”, “passage graves”, “gallery graves”, and “portal dolmens”. In a pasture near Carlow the Browne’s Hill Dolmen marks the entrance […]

Temple Bar
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The City Of Dublin

Dublin is clustered around the banks of the river Liffey, with the Wicklow Mountains to the South, and the hill peninsula of Howth to the North. At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we choose comfortable and centrally located hotels for our clients. While they are more expensive the time you save travelling is substantial and […]

Marsh’s Library, St Patricks Close
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Marsh’s Library, St Patricks Close

Built in 1701 for Archbishops Narcissus Marsh, this is the oldest public library in Ireland. It was designed by Sir William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. To the rear of the library are wired alcoves where readers who wanted to read any of the rare books were locked in. the collection of books […]

Lough Rynn Castle
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Lough Rynn Estate, Sligo

This vast estate, lying in the South of Mohill, was the ancestral seat of the Clements family, Earls of Leitrim. The baronial-style house, constructed in 1832 and full of hunting trophies and grandiose furniture, is of less interest than the grounds. These extend across 100 acres of land and more than 600 acres of lakes. […]

Cork City Gaol, Cork
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Cork City Gaol, Cork

A pretty 20-minute walk west of the city centre leads to the restored City Gaol, complete with its furnished cells. The exhibition and audio-visual display trace the lives of individual inmates imprisoned here during the 19th and 20th centuries. Conditions were miserable and, for punishment prisoners were man to run on a human treadmill to […]

St Ann’s Church, Dublin
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St Ann’s Church, Dublin

Founded in 1707, St Ann’s striking Romanesque façade was added by the architects Deane and Woodward in 1868. The best view of the façade is from Grafton Street, looking down Anne Street South. Inside the church are many colourful stained-glass windows that date back to mid-19th century. There are numerous famous past parishioners of St […]

Rathlin Island, County Antrim
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Rathlin Island, County Antrim

Rathlin Island is situated off the north coast of Ireland, and is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland. Rathlin has long had associations with both Ireland and Scotland due to where it is situated, and it once lay at the heart of the ancient kingdom of Dal Riada. The island has both views […]