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Rosguill Peninsula, County Donegal

Rosguill Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean between Sheephaven and Mulroy bays. The simplest way to see it is to follow the 11km Atlantic Drive, a circular route which skirts the clifftops at the tip of the headland. Doe Castle, north of Creeslough village, is worth a visit as much of its setting on […]

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Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork

Situated on the Glandore road west of Clontakilty, Drombeg is the finest of the many stone circles in County Cork. Dating back to about 150 BC, this circle of 17 standing stones is 9m in diameter. At the winter solstice, the rays of the setting sun fall on the flat altar stone which faces the […]

St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
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St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Originally one of three ancient commons in the old city, St Stephen’s Green was enclosed in 1664. The 22 acre green was laid out in its present form in 1880, using a grant given by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. Landscaped with flowerbeds, trees, a fountain and a lake, the green is […]

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Innishmurray, County Sligo

About 4 miles off Sligo’s untamed northern coast lies an uninhabited, windswept island that contains one of the best-preserved early Christian monasteries in Ireland. The monastery was founded by St Molaise in the 6th century and destroyed by the Vikings in 807. Three churches remain, enclosed within a 13ft high dry-stone wall, or cashel. The […]

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Fraserburgh, Northern Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh, affectionately known to locals as the Broch, is Europe’s largest shellfish port. Like Peterhead, Fraserburgh’s fortune has been founded on the fishing industry.   The excellent Scottish Lighthouse Museum provides a fascinating insight into the network of lights that have safeguarded the Scottish coast for over 100 years, and the men and women who […]

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Moyne Abbey, County Mayo

This large ruin of a friary shares much with its neighbour, Rosserk. Both compete for the title of largest and most impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Mayo. Moyne was founded as a Franciscan friary by the Burke family, built in late Irish Gothic style and consecrated in 1462.   The church has a nave and chancel […]

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Dumfries & Galloway

Some of the region’s finest attractions lie in the gentle hills and lush valleys of Dumfries & Galloway. Ideal for families, there’s plenty on offer. Galloway Forest is a highlight, with its sublime views, mountain-biking and walking trails, red deer, kites and other wildlife, as are the dream-like ruins of Caerlaverock Castle.   Adding to […]

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King John’s Castle, County Limerick

Five irregularly spaced drum towers linked by massive walls are all that remain of the castle that King John built in the early 13th century to keep the peace in Thomond (as the area was then called) between the Norman settlers and the O’Brien clan, kings and later earls of Thomond. Two of the towers […]

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Southern Scotland

An enchanting region of Scotland that seems to slip off the radar for many international visitors, southern Scotland is often missed by the hordes scrambling to destinations further north. A shame – but also a wonderful part of its attraction. Crowd free castles to ramble around, miles of open countryside and small traffic-free roads along […]

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Lough Derg, County Donegal

For 1500 years’ pilgrims have been beating a path to this remote stretch of water set in a barren landscape. In the middle of the lake is the small Station Island, which is covered with buildings and looks – from a distance at least – like a detail from a Canaletto painting. The four storey […]