Ardmore Round Tower, County Waterford
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Ardmore Round Tower, County Waterford

Ardmore, with its smooth beach, its colour-washed cottages and green fields is the pleasantest of places. It was once an Episcopal see which for centuries ranked high among the high places of Ireland. For it is said to have been founded by St. Declan who travelled to Rome and returned to Ireland, landing at Ardmore […]

The Scottish Maelstrom, South Argyll
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The Scottish Maelstrom, South Argyll

It may look innocuous on the map, but the capital Gulf of Corryvreckan – the 1km wide channel between the Northern end of Jura and the Island of Scarba – is home to one of the 3 most notorious tidal whirlpools in the world (the others are the Maelstrom in Norway’s Lofoten Island’s, and the […]

Custom House, Dublin
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Custom House, Dublin

The Custom House, erected between the years 1781 and 1791, at a cost of £546,000, is the finest public building in Dublin; it represents the flowering of Dublin commerce and Irish parliamentary power in the 18th century. James Gandon, whose master piece it was, and who helped to make Dublin a capital rather than a […]

Trossachs National Park
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Loch Lomond & Around

The ‘Bonny Banks’ and ‘Bonny Braes’ of Loch Lomond have long been Glasgow’s rural retreat – a scenic region of hills, lochs, and healthy fresh air within easy reach of Scotland’s largest city. Since the 1930’s Glaswegians have made a regular weekend exodus to the hills, by car, by bike, and by foot, and today […]

Carnlough, County Antrim
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Carnlough, County Antrim

Groined by deep glens and walled along the west by the bare hilltops and the tufted moors, this rim of arable that ends in foam…   The lovely Nine Glens bite deeply into the basalts of the Antrim plateau and into the hard overlays of modern history. Cut off, until a century ago, by land […]

Loch Striven, Cowal, South ArgyllLoch Striven, Cowal, South Argyll
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Cowal, South Argyll

The remote Cowal Peninsula is cut off from the rest of the country by the lengthy fjords of Loch Long and Lough Fyne – it’s an area more accessible by boat than by car. It is comprised of narrow hills and rugged lochs with only a few small villages; the scenery around Lough Riddon is […]

Tomies Mountain Shore, Killarney
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Lower Lake, Killarney

To see the landscape of Tuscany for the first time is like looking at the Old Masters; only they have been cleaned and are life-size. To see the lakes of Killarney for the first time is to realise that this haunting luxuriance of mountain, waterfall, castle, lough and island has always been part of one’s […]

Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary
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Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary

A market town on the River Suir, long associated with the Butler family, later Earls of Ormond. A priory was established at the end of the 12th or beginning of the 13th century for the canons regular of St Augustine. Later the lands formed part of the possessions of Theobald Butler; his grandson Edmund Butler […]

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
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Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a curious event, tiny in comparison with the rebellion of 1798, for instance, with only about 2000 people actively taking part in it. It was disastrously badly organised and commanded very little public support, but its martyred hero’s glow in the imaginations of republican Ireland as icons in the […]

Glen Nevis
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Fort William, West Highlands

Basking on the shores of Loch Linnhe amid magnificent mountain scenery, Fort William has one of the most enviable settings in the whole of Scotland.   Magical Glen Nevis begins near the northern end of the town and wraps itself around the southern flank of Ben Nevis (1344m) – Britain’s highest mountain and a magnet […]