Dundrum, County Down
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Dundrum, County Down

Dundrum is a village and small port on Dundrum Bay. On a hill-top are the beautifully maintained remains of a great castle which was an important fortress of the abortive Norman Earldom of Ulster. The earliest castle, of motte-and-bailey type, was taken from de Lacy in 1210 by King John of England. The exact date […]

Balla, County Mayo
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Balla, County Mayo

Balla is a village on the Castlebar-Claremorris road. A broken round tower and a medieval alter in a shamefully neglected graveyard mark the site of the monastery founded in the 7th century, by St Cronan, alias Mo-Chua. To the west of the graveyard are Tobar Mhuire, alias the Blessed Well and the ruins of the […]

Dunluce Castle
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Bushmills Distillery & Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

Leaving the Causeway, turn inland to Bushmills, noted for the “Old Bushmills” Whiskey Distillery. This had a license to distil whiskey dated 1608, although it was distilled for some centuries earlier. The town also has a salmon research station. From here the B17 leads directly southwest to Coleraine.   The A2 shortly regains the coast […]

Killaloe, County Clare
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Killaloe, County Clare

Killaloe is a river-side town beautifully situated at the southern end of Lough Derg and surrounded by the Arra Mountains, Slieve Bernagh and Glenmagalliagh. It is also the terminus of the Shannon cruiser which runs from Carrick-on-Shannon. A long narrow bridge of 13 arches spans the lough to the village of Ballina in Co. Tipperary. […]

Inishfree Bay, County Donegal
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Aran Island, County Donegal

Aran Island, also known as Aranmore with its lighthouse (originally of 1798, but replaced in 1865) on its north-west point, is visible for 25 miles. There is a regular ferry between Burtonport and Leabgarrow on the island, which, like the smaller islets of Inishcoo and Eighter, has good sandy beaches. There are fine views from […]

Arisaig & Morar
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Arisaig & Morar

The 5 miles of coast between Arisaig and Morar is a fretwork of rocky islets, inlets and gorgeous silver-sand beaches backed by dunes and machair, with stunning sunset views across the sea to the silhouetted peaks of Eigg and Rum. The Silver Sands of Morar, as they are known, draw crowds of bucket-and-spade holidaymakers.   […]

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 […]