Ring of Kerry
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Killarney & The Ring of Kerry

County Kerry, with Killarney and its lakes, contains the most celebrated, and consequently the most visited attractions in Ireland; the reputation of its landscape is amply justified but the town of Killarney is not of comparable interest. Among the mountain ranges are Carrantouhill (1038m), the highest peak in Ireland, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, and the Slieve Mish […]

Isle Of Skye, Scotland
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Isle Of Skye, Scotland

The Isle Of Skye (an t-Eilean Sgiathanach in Gaelic) takes its name from the old Norse sky-a meaning “cloud island”, a Viking reference to the often missed-enshrouded Cuillin Hills. It’s the biggest of Scotland’s island, a 50 mile long smorgasbord of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling loughs and towering sea cliffs. The stunning scenery is […]

Hope Castle
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Carrickmacross to Lough Muckno, County Monaghan

Carrickmacross, a broad and pleasant market town on the extreme east of the region in County Monaghan, was famous for its lace during the mid-19th century and is still practiced by local nuns. A grant of land in the neighbourhood was made by Elizabeth I to the Earl of Essex, but little remains of his […]

North & West Coast, Scotland
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North & West Coast, Scotland

Quintessential Highland country such as this, marked by single-tracked roads, breath-taking emptiness and a wild, fragile beauty, is a rarity on the modern, crowded and highly urbanised island of Britain. You could get lost up here for weeks – and that still wouldn’t be enough time.   Carving its way from Thurso to Glencoul, the […]

Shetland Islands, Scotland
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Orkney & Shetland Islands, Scotland

Floating off Scotland’s remote northeast coast, the Orkney and Shetland Islands are captivating archipelagos forming an antithesis to modern urban grit. Life has always been different in this part of the country. Things move a bit slower and local folk appreciate a smile and a wave more than most. And, importantly, the march of progress […]

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin
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O’Connell Bridge, Dublin

O’Connell Bridge, named after the founder of Irish nationalism, Dan O’Connell, the Liberator (who’s statue by Foley, appears on the extreme right), is the principal bridge across the Liffey. Once known as Carlisle Bridge it was rebuilt in 1794 and again in 1880. Stand long enough upon it and you will be bound to meet […]

Glendalough, County Wicklow
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Glendalough, County Wicklow

Glendalough (“glen of the two lakes”), an early monastic settlement in a cup of the Wicklow Mountains is impressively lonely and lovely in its setting. The ring of hills, once well-wooded, the bare cone of Camaderry to the right, with its rust-red bracken and scatter of conifers are unforgettable. “I do not know”, said Thackeray, […]

Lough Swilly, County Donegal
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Near Buncrana, County Donegal

Gay sunlights o’er the hillocks creep And join for golden weather, – A scythe-sweep, and a scythe-sweep, We mow the dale together.   In mountainy parts of Donegal where small pockets of corn ripen among stone and heather one may see even the sickle at work, for Donegal is a county of great littleness of […]

Narrow Water Castle, County Down
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Narrow Water Castle, County Down

Narrow Water Castle at the bottle-neck of the Newry Water which runs into Carlingford Lough was built after the restoration of Charles II, to protect the commercial town of Newry and its strategic hinterland of Down, Armagh, and Louth. It stands on the site of the 13th century stronghold which, like Newry, was destroyed in […]

Inistioge, County Kilkenny
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Inistioge, County Kilkenny

Inistioge (“Teoc’s or Tighe’s Island”) is a most pleasant example of the little Irish village with church, cross, spirit-grocery, petrol-pump grouped round a quiet shadowy square. Time stands still, and the children under the lime-trees wait happily for the bus that has forgotten to come. The village lies in the prettiest part of the lovely […]