Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Isle Of Skye
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Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye

Skye’s most famous historic building is Dunvegan Castle, seat of the chief of Clan MacLeod. It has played host to Samuel Johnston, Sir Walter Scott and, most famously, Flora MacDonald. The oldest parts are the 14th century keep and dungeon, but most of it dates from the 17th to 19th centuries.   In addition to […]

Myrtle Grove, Youghal
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Youghal, County Cork

One a strongly fortified harbour town, Youghal (pronounced ‘yawl’) is now a popular seaside resort with wide sandy beaches. Its Irish name means ‘yew wood’, from the forests that once covered the hinterland. Youghal is strategically placed at the mouth of the River Blackwater. It may have been occupied briefly by Norse pirate-traders in the […]

West Cork Chamber Music Festival
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West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Why not visit the West Cork Chamber Music Festival from 26 June – 04 July 2015 at St Brendan’s Church & Bantry House, Bantry, Co. Cork The West Cork Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by programming some of the great landmarks in the chamber music repertoire. Among the works included will be Schubert’s […]

St Clement’s Church
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South Harris, Outer Hebrides

If you think Scotland has no decent beaches, wait till you see the west coast of South Harris. The blinding white sands and turquoise waters of Luskentyre and Scarasta would be major holiday resorts if they were transported to somewhere with a warm climate; as it is, they’re usually deserted. The culture and landscape of […]

Bunratty Castle
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Clare and South Galway

County Clare is a peninsula on the grand scale, cut off on three of its four sides by Lough Derg, the Shannon estuary, and the Atlantic. It is linked with the rest of Munster by only half a dozen bridges, all of which are in the neighbourhood of Limerick and Killaloe. In many ways it […]

Blackstairs Mountains
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The Leinster Ridge

The granite ridge that forms the lovely Wicklow and Blackstairs Mountains across the south-east corner of Ireland has given this region a distinctive character and history. For centuries it formed a barrier against invaders from the west. As a result, the inhabitants who settled on the fertile land between the mountains and the sea often […]

Castle Stalker, Southern Highlands & Islands
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Southern Highlands & Islands

From the rasping spout of a minke whale as it breaks he surface of the sea off the coast of Islay, to the mysterious ‘krek-krek-krek’ of a corncake hiding amid the long summer grass of Coll, the coast and islands of southwest Scotland are filled with unusual wildlife experiences. Here you can spot otters tumbling […]

Lough Key Forest Park, County Roscommon
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Lough Key Forest Park, County Roscommon

The 3 mile wide lake, which is nearly circular, is the star attraction of the Lough Key Forest Park. Writers have chronicled the history of Lough Key for nearly 1000 years, starting with the year 1041 in the Annals of Lough Key.   The Annals were compiled on Castle Island, one of 33 islands in […]

Stirling Castle
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Stirling Region, Scotland

Stirling is one of those regions central Scotland specialises in. it provides a taste of both lowlands and Highlands; has a staggering share of landmark battlegrounds; is peppered with castles and tales of legendary figures; and contains a slice of natural beauty that will literally leave you gasping. And all that packed cheek by jowl […]

Carlow, County Carlow
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Carlow, County Carlow

The county capital, Carlow was once an outpost that had to provide its own defence as it was isolated from the Pale around Dublin, which the Anglo-Normans ruled and defended. Carlow developed around a massive Norman keep, built in 1207-13 to guard a strategic crossing of the River Barrow. Today the keep is in ruins, […]