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 […]

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Shetland Islands, Scotland

Shetland Islands, Scotland The rugged and remote Shetland Islands – a collection of mighty, wind-ravaged clumps of brown and green earth rising from the frigid waters of the North Sea – are Scotland’s northerly outpost and feel miles away from anywhere. Mainland is the biggest Island with over 100 windswept and virtually treeless islands making […]

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The Lower Shannon, Ireland

The Lower Shannon As the mighty River Shannon tumbles down from Lough Derg, the last and largest of its lakes, to its deep estuary on the Atlantic coast, it provides a natural border for the three countries that surround its lower reaches – Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. The lowland parts of Limerick and Tipperary are […]