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Speculation continues concerning the derivation of the name Gigha (pronounced ‘gee-a’, with a hard ‘g’), but one suggestion is that it comes from old Norse and means ‘Island of God’. To discover for yourself if this is appropriate means taking the ferry from the Kintyre mainland across the Sound...

Louth is the smallest of Irelands 32 counties. It covers a short stretch of coast between Drogheda and Dundalk that features a scattering of traditional seaside resorts. There are a few hidden gems in Louth that we offer our clients a chance to explore on their tours of Ireland. Our driver/guides are...

‘Wi’ isquebae, we’ll face the devil. Burn’s line is touchily ambiguous (strange how the expression evolved as Dutch and not Scotch courage). The name whisky derives from uisge-beatha, meaning in Gaelic the water of life. When it was first drunk is not clear, but there is a record...

The city is the sum of three parts. It began on an island in the Shannon and expanded onto each bank forming three distinct districts. The oldest is Englishtown that stands on the island. This was followed by Irishtown, which began life as a second walled town. The third is...

When looking at a private tour there are several important factors to look at. Use a company with a proven track record to enhance your experience. Do not listen to the numerous “experts” who have been on coach tours. A private tour allows you access to different roads and...

Sneem is a village spectacularly set against the mountains on the Ring of Kerry. It is actually pronounced “Shneem” It is dominated by the nearby 2245 feet high Knockmoyle mountain. The pretty cottages in the village are all different colours. This was done so that drunken residents could find their way home to...

The Yarrow and the Ettrick waters meet just a mile or so south-west of the town of Selkirk, and at their junction stands this rambling Georgian mansion, started by the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch in 1795 and worked on by several hands, including William Atkinson and William Burn. Until...

This small town in County Galway has always been an important centre for church affairs. It’s worth looking at on any Ireland tours for a number of reasons. “Saint Jarleth” founded a monastery here in the 6th century, and the ruins of “Temple Jarleth” date from about 1360 AD. In the...

Glendalough and its two lakes are set in the most picturesque high glens in Ireland. Try and see it on any tours of Ireland.   In the 6th century Saint Kevin first built a church on the south side of the Upper Lake. But as the number of followers...

Cutting through the long tongue on the west coast which comprises Knapdale and Kintyre, the Crinan Canal links the Sound of Jura with Loch Fyne. It enabled ships to reach the Western Isles considerably sooner, and with less threat from the weather, than before: the...