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By Giorgio Galeotti - Own work, CC BY 4.0, Link   On any tours of Ireland, you will think about the East coast. The likes of Wicklow and Wexford are worth seeing but often you have limited time.   Waterford was once very popular for the crystal factory alone. But now...

If you are seriously considering a tour of Ireland, or a tour of Scotland, start planning now!   It has come to our attention that the choice hotels are booking up already. The right hotel, in the right location, with the right room, with the right staff, can...

County Wicklow, with its moorland wastes and bare granite hills, has real beauty. With its lovely valley, wooded glen, and smoking waterfall, it’s worth seeing on any tours of Ireland.   Much of the coastland is low, being a drift coloured plain, fringed from Wicklow to near Greystones...

Not, as the name might suggest, situated in the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, but in Knapdale, Loch Stornoway is barely deserving of the title of loch at all. It is little more than a sandy bay on the west of the tongue...

Inistioge (Tighes Island) is a very pleasant example of the little Irish village should you wish to see one on any tours of Ireland. It has a quaint church, a standing cross, and a local square. Time seems to have stood still with the lime trees lining...

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 barriers, these green pockets of Gaelic life have kept their own distinction and character.   Their outlook was always...

  Words in stone network round the crown of the abbey tower read ‘King Robert the Bruce’. Here, before the high altar, the great hero of the medieval Wars of Independence is buried. Dunfermline’s Benedictine abbey dates from the 12th century but lettering such as that...

  At 2466 feet tall Errigal is the tallest peak in the ice carved Donegal highlands.   With its furrowed sides and white screes of broken quartz, it is by far, the finest of all conical mountains in Ireland. The hard quartzite rock is in contradiction to the softer...

  County Kerry has a clean beauty of bone about it that is not so in the other more “fleshy” counties of Ireland. That is because, although Kerry was notably glaciated in the Ice Age, it was not over coated by drift to the same extent as...

  In all Scottish place names, the prefix ‘inver’ signifies the mouth of a river; near here the River Tote opens out into the Sound of Raasay. You won’t see it from the road, but all up and down the East Trotternish coast sills of basalt...