Castle Gloom, Dollar
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Clackmannanshire

Clackmannanshire Inviting Clackmannanshire has some great attractions that are worth a detour if you’re in the Stirling region. The tiny district is a top spot for day trips from the city of Stirling. Dollar About 11 miles east of Stirling, in the lower Ochil Hills, is the charming town of Dollar. Castle Campbell is a […]

Belfast Spring Continental Market
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Belfast Spring Continental Market

Belfast Spring Continental Market 22 May – 25 May 2015 Come to the award-winning spring continental market! With traders from 26 countries as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Tanzania, Spain and China, the market is a source of outstanding local and international produce, gifts and crafts.   A great selection of mouth-watering […]

Kells, County Meath
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Kells, County Meath

Kells/Ceanannus, County Meath One of the great centres of Celtic Christianity. where the Book of Kells may have been written and illustrated, this busy little crossroads today offers numerous reminders of its glorious past. Kells is also known as Ceanannus Mor.   In AD 563, St Colmcille, also known as St Columba, founded a monastery […]

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Harris (Na Hearadh), Outer Hebrides

  Harris, to the south of Lewis, is the scenic jewel in the necklace of islands that comprise the Outer Hebrides, a spectacular blend of rugged mountains, pristine beaches, flower-speckled machair and barren rocky landscapes. The isthmus at Tarbert splits Harris neatly in two – North Harris is dominated by mountains that rise forbiddingly above […]

Round Tower, Glendalough
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Island Of Saints and Scholars

Island Of Saints And Scholars The coming of Christianity to Ireland in early 5th century was unlike its arrival any other country. Throughout much of the Roman Empire the religion was spread by and edict, imposed upon a conquered people by the occupying Roman administration. But in Ireland Christianity arrived not by   the sword but […]

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The North Isles, Shetland Islands

The North Isles, Shetland Islands Unst Unst is a lot smaller but prettier than Yell with bare, velvety-smooth hills and clusters of settlements that cling to their waterside locations, fiercely resisting the buffeting winds, It also feels less isolated and has more of a community. With an area of 45 sq miles it’s Scotland’s northernmost […]

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Fortresses In Ireland

Fortresses In Ireland At almost every turn in the Irish countryside there are remnants of ancient forts, some now reduced to mounds overgrown with grass, others the crumbling fragments of once-massive strongholds. The story they tell is of a harsh and often dangerous existence endured over thousands of years. Life in ancient Ireland was characterised […]

Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scotland
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Central & Western Highlands

From the high, subarctic plateau of the Cairngorms and the great, humpbacked hills of Monadhliath to the more rugged, rocky peaks of Glen Coe, the Mamores and Ben Nevis, the central mountain ranges of the Scottish Highlands are testimony to the sculpting power of ice and weather. Here the Scottish scenery is at its grandest, […]

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Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny Before the Normans came in the 12th century, Kilkenny’s houses clung to the 6th century monastery of St Canice and the settlement was the capital of Ossory, a sub-Kingdom of Leinster. But the strategic possibilities of the hilltop site where quickly grasped by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, who built a castle […]